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Cover Reveal: Here Lies Love by Dan Thompson


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Heyyyy guys!

Today I would like to share with you, a cover of a new novel that’s coming out this April!!  Just from the description, you’ll want to find out more about the novel, and just look at the COVER, soooo PRETTY!!! It just pulls you right in!!! I’m definitely looking forward to this read! There is a Naming Competition Link down below that redirects to the author’s blog.

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Here Lies Love Promo Cover

Here Lies Love by Dan Thompson

Synopsis:

When she is sold by her father, Abbey discovers that nightmares can occur when you’re awake. Trapped inside a wooden cage, Abbey is forced to listen to the horrors and atrocities above; time ticking down until it is her turn. But Abbey isn’t prepared to become a victim; she will escape.

Although, what Abbey isn’t prepared for, is how harsh and unfair the world can be. With the sun turning its back on humanity long ago, life gives no opportunity. The only thing Abbey can do is learn to survive. To exist. And that means stealing any opportunity that comes her way. Haunted by the unpleasant memories bestowed upon her only nurtures Abbey’s paranoia, until she realises that to truly live in the world, she must confront the person who was responsible for her misfortune – her father. Here Lies Love is a tale of actuality, of facing up to the fact that love comes in many guises.

Can Abbey find the one glimmer of hope or will she be overcome with the darkness of revenge?

Here Lies Love is coming April 2014. 

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Author Bio:

Dan Thompson Author PicDan lives in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (England) with his young daughter and his shabby dog, Skye.

He is the Author of the charity poetry book Life is all but a vast array of Colours and phobia Novella The Caseworker’s Memoirs. His first full length novel, A YA Fantasy entitled The Black Petal will be available soon. Also in 2014, a dark new adult novel entitled Here Lies Love will be released.

A lover of YA and fantasy fiction, you can often find him writing on his blog, writing book reviews and connecting online with other writer-type people and interviewing authors. Dan grew up reading Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, secretly coming up with his own inventive adventures, and R.L Stine’s The Goosebump series, before turning to the works of Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer and Marcus Sedgwick and slipping away into alternate realities. He also loves a good Historical Thriller too.

Author links:

Website |Facebook|Twitter |Goodreads

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The cover of Here Lies Love was created by the very talented Ravven

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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Cover Reveal

 

Wicked Werewolf Night (Werewolf Society #1) by Lisa Renee Jones


Wicked Werewolf Night (Werewolf Society, #1)

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Wicked Werewolf Night (Werewolf Society #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

ebook, 52 pages

Published December 13th 2011 by Indie

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

~Description~

A witch after his secrets. A werewolf after her pleasure.Nico Moore is the leader of of The Werewolf Society’s elite Royal Guard. Aylia Richardson is the witch who calls to the beast in Nico, but destiny has also made her the keeper of a gift that threatens the very existence of his race. To destroy this gift will destroy this woman…the only one he has ever dared to call ‘mate’.

Note: This series is actually a continuation of characters and plotlines from the ‘Vampire Warden’ series; and is not a true beginning to a new series.

~Review~

Wow!!!!

I absolutely loved it! It definitely left me wanting more! 

Nico and Aylia had a passionate relationship over a year ago, and when Nico kicked Aylia out of his life and accused her of being in leagues with the “bad guys,” they’re relationship diminished.  But due to them being complete opposites, Aylia being a witch and Nico being a werewolf,  they could never really be in a relationship.

When Nico sees Aylia, again he becomes even more determined to mate with her and never let her go …. no matter the consequences. Nevertheless, proving himself to Aylia after some pretty bad betrayals will be hard to overcome, even though he was only doing those things to protect her in the first place.

I loved the story and the characters. And WOW, the erotic scenes were great and very descriptive!

Wish it was longer, but I still highly recommend it!

Happy Reading!

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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In My Mailbox (#25)


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In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Cassandra Livingston and Ana Carter. The purpose of this meme is to share the books we receive with our readers.  These can be ARCs, books we purchased ourselves, books requested for review by authors and publishers, eBooks, free reads we stumbled upon and audiobooks. Posted randomly and sometimes twice a week.

 Recent Purchases:
 
**To view on Goodreads click on the cover of each of the novels
 Sex Love Repeat The Arrangement 8: The Ferro Family (The Arrangement, #8)
The Arrangement 9: The Ferro Family (The Arrangement, #9) Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)
 
 

Fifth Business (Trilogie de Deptford #1) by Robertson Davies


Fifth Business

Fifth Business (Trilogie de Deptford #1)

by Robertson Davies

Paperback, 252 pages

Published 2002 by Penguin

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Description:

Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man’s land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around him. His apparently innocent involvement in such innocuous events as the throwing of a snowball or the teaching of card tricks to a small boy in the end prove neither innocent nor innocuous. Fifth Business stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real.

Review:

This is the story of Dunstable Ramsey’s life, written out in first person and addressed to the headmaster of the school where Ramsey had spent about forty years of his professional life. After all these years, Ramsey leaves behind this testament with the simple desire that someone understand what he had lived for.

This is a fascinating story, in which Ramsey wrestles with his own life’s meaning and duties. Some of the interesting characters he meets while studying in Europe (on sabbatical) do much to help him out.

Without ruining the plot, there are corresponding characters in Ramsey’s story, and it doesn’t give too much away to say that Percy Staunton is certainly the villianous one. Also, there is a mystery of sorts that will be solved at the very end.

I’m leaving out a very important character entirely, so the future reader has something to discover. One of the things that made this book such a pleasure to read was the dialogue Ramsey has with some of the most vivid, engaging characters I’ve read in a long time.This is a book of ideas folded into a compelling, grounded story, and to say any more than that would be to give all of its wonderful surprises away.

Happy Reading!

-Cassandra @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Books We've Read

 

Pretties (Uglies, #2) by Scott Westerfeld


Pretties (Uglies, #2)

Pretties (Uglies, #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Paperback, 370 pages

Published November 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published May 5th 2005)

ISBN: 0689865392

Rating: 5/5 Stars

~Description~

Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted./p>

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

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~Review~

 I totally love it.

Once started I couldn’t stop, I even had some nights where I was up extremely late because I couldn’t put the book back down. I really like this book because of all the description and details the author uses. Through such words, you have a full picture of everything that’s going on in the book.He captivates the reader with his wonderful story-line and a theme that many people can relate to ,of not being molded to what people want you to be and to just try and be yourself. The author also hints at problems with the way we(humans) live today and how our pollution and our way of thinking can potentially come back to harm us in the future. This was also mentioned in the first book Uglies, “Maybe they didn’t want you to realize that every civilization has its weakness. There’s always one thing we depend on. And if someone takes it away all that’s left is some story in a history class.”

Pretties, the second installment of the Uglies series, starts a few weeks after Uglies left off.

Tally got the operation, she’s pretty now, but in her mind she knows that something is off.Tally is the main character in Pretties, and she does drastic things in this book that make her become someone she never thought she would be. In the beginning of this book, Tally is reunited with Peris, her best friend. Peris is a boy who is only a few months older than Tally and the boy that Tally travels over to from Uglyville in the first book.

Pretties takes place in the future, and in Prettytown where Tally realizes she doesn’t belong. Prettytown is where everyone lives after they have been turned pretty after the age of 16. It also takes place in The New Smoke.

The story, more complex this time, is a very fast paced and thrilling adventure. A lot of action and right from the start. It also has plenty of unexpected turn of events. It’s a kind of book that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. I found it was a fine sequel to the series. I was a bit disappointed by the ending though.  But other than that I can’t wait to read the third novel in this series!

Happy Reading!

-Cassandra @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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Book Blitz ~ Cup of Life by Juliana Haygert: Excerpt + Giveaway!


CupofLifeBlitzBanner1Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071] Cup of Life by Juliana Haygert

(Everlast #2.5)

Publication date: January 20th 2014

Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:

His existence would mean nothing without her.

**New Adult Fantasy Novella**

**Novella between book #2 and #3, told on Micah’s POV**

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18301392-cup-of-life?ac=1

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Purchase:

http://www.amazon.com/Cup-Life-The-Everlast-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00HSQFWCA

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cup-of-life-juliana-haygert/1118037845?ean=2940148164265

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~Excerpt~

I finished the beer, considered going back to bed, but decided Zelen would keep snoring, and I could use another drink. I threw the empty bottle in the trash and opened the fridge.

I closed it when I heard mumbling.

I kept still, paying attention to it. The mumbling sounded louder this time, and I followed it. I ended up facing the first bedroom’s door. Nadine’s.

“No,” I heard her voice through the door. “Oh, God, please, no!”

Knowing exactly what was going on, I swung the door open and entered the bedroom.

“Nicole,” she whimpered, thrashing in her bed. “No, no!”

I closed the door behind me and rushed to her side. “Nadine,” I called her, touching her shoulder. “Wake up, Nadine.”

“Oh, God, Morgan.” Then she screamed.

I grabbed her upper arms and shook her, not too hard, but not too gentle either. “Nadine!”

Her scream died out and her eyes flew open.

“It was just a nightmare,” I said. Her lips quavered before she hid her face behind her hands. “It’s ok

ay, darling, you’re safe.”

She shook her head. “But they aren’t,” she said, her voice breaking.

For a moment, I was undecided about what to do. Just pat her arm, tell her she was okay, and leave? That would be the right action. I had to keep my distance from her.

I groaned. Who was I kidding? I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and for once, I did it. I pulled back her comforter and slipped under it with her.

She peeked at me through her fingers, and I held back a chuckle.

I lay in her bed and opened my arms for her. “Come here.” Her hands slipped away from her face, and she stared at me with teary eyes. “I’ll take care of you. Come here.”

She scooted closer, turning her back to my chest and fitting her tight little ass on my hips.

I took a hard inhale. By the Everlast.

What the hell? This was paradise and I was going to enjoy it. I passed my arms around her waist, placed my head on the crook of her neck, and inhaled deeply again, savoring her sweet wild rose scent, and her perfect, warm body—clad in a skimpy tank top and shorts—pressed to mine.

She sniffed and I tried snapping out of it.

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AUTHOR BIO

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

Author links:

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Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld


Uglies (Uglies, #1)

Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld

Paperback

448 pages

Published February 8th 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2005)

Add this novel on Goodreads

Rating:4/5 stars

Description:

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license – for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.

The choice Tally makes changes her world forever..

Review:

This book took my breath away. Literally.I loved learning about this world and the hate people received just for being “ugly”. It was such a cruel, cruel world. What I loved the most was the adventure. I was totally not expecting that! I love books where we get to follow the main character in an epic adventure, solving obstacles, learning new secrets. It was so much fun! A lot of the things were predictable to me though, but it was still pretty exciting. As for the world building,

Scott Westerfeld was very creative in writing this novel. It wasn’t much different than our world, other than the fact that they didn’t use anything that came from nature or made anything by hand, they didn’t have to work to earn money, and things were just given to them. I found it a little funny when they kept calling the Rustys (who are basically us right now) stupid. But they were right sometimes. I did find the names of the cities a little uncreative though – Uglyville, New Pretty Town. As for how believable the world was, I’d say I’m not completely sure whether our future would be like this. I mean, our world has overcome so much and to end up dividing humanity depending on who’s ugly or pretty doesn’t seem like something that would happen. But who knows? Maybe something will change and we’d have no choice.

The idea is that because everyone is the same, there is no basis for hate. But of course, as lovers of dystopian fiction know well, this ideal seldom works out as planned. On the verge of her surgical rite of passage, 15-year-old Tally meets a community of rebel citizens who persuade her that being pretty isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Tally’s dilemma over an order from the department of Special Circumstances to betray this rogue cell is absorbing, and the novel’s conclusion risky and refreshingly complex. I finished this book days ago and I’m still mulling over its implications for how we live now, and the fact that even noble liberal principles have a dark side. Highly recommended.

Happy Reading!

-Cassandra @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 
 
 
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