Friday, November 29, 2013

CLEAN TEEN PUBLISHING'S 2013 BLACK FRIDAY SALE & GIVEAWAY!

CLEAN TEEN PUBLISHING'S

2013 BLACK FRIDAY SALE & GIVEAWAY! 

Take advantage of this epic Black Friday sale hosted by Clean Teen Publishing! Nearly every book will be reduced to $.99 for ONE DAY ONLY on November 29, 2013. Take advantage of these sixteen young adult and new adult books that have been reduced to $.99 on Amazon. So grab your Kindle's or open up your Kindle Apps and get to shopping! 


Check out the titles below that are on sale and don't forget to enter the awesome SWAG Pack Giveaway at the bottom
Here is what you could win: 
(*U.S. only but International winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card in lieu of the prize.) 

Young Adult Adventure (YAe) 
"Harry Potter Fans Will Love This Series!"
Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99

The Awakener by Amanda Strong
Young Adult Paranormal Romance (YA) 
"Fallen Fans Will Love This Series!"
Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99

Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith
Young Adult Dystopian (YA) 
"Divergent Fans Will Love This Series!"
Regular Price: $2.99    Sale Price: $.99

Double Star by Cindy Saunders
Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy (YA) 
"Need Fans Will Love This Book!"
Regular Price: $2.99    Sale Price: $.99

Finding ELE by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels 
Young Adult Dystopian/Paranormal Romance (YA) 
"Mortal Instruments Fans Will Love This Series!"
Book 1: Project ELE is FREE
Regular Price: $2.99    Sale Price: $.99

The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis
Young Adult Romantic Fantasy (YA Mature) 
"Throne of Glass and Grave Mercy Fans Will Love This Book!"
Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99

Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer
New Adult Contemporary Romance (Rated YA Mature) 
"Beautiful Disaster Fans Will Love This Book!"
Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99

Redemption by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels
Young Adult Paranormal Romance (YA) 
"Twilight Fans Will Love This Book!"
Book 1 in the series: Night Marchers is FREE!
Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99

Reluctant Guardian by Melissa J. Cunningham
Young Adult Paranormal Romance (YA Mature) 
"Hush, Hush Fans Will Love This Book!"
Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99

Rising by Holly Kelly 
New Adult Paranormal Romance (Rated YA Mature) 
"Wake and Forgive My Fins Fans Will Love This Series!"
Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99


River of Bones by Angela J. Townsend 
Young Adult Horror with a Romantic Twist (YAe) 
"The Forest of Hands and Teeth Fans Will Love This Series!"
Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99

Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger
New Adult Paranormal Romance (YA) 
"Vampire Academy Fans Will Love This Series!"
Regular Price: $3.99    Sale Price: $.99

The Wall by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Young Adult Dystopian Romance (YA Mature) 
Book 1 in the Series: The Woodlands is FREE!
"Hunger Games Fans Will Love This Series!"
Regular Price: $4.99    Sale Price: $.99

Wonderstruck Anthology by Clean Teen Publishing
Young Adult Anthology 
Regular Price: $2.99    Sale Price: $.99

Titanium by Alicia Michaels
New Adult Dystopian Romance (Mature Content) 
Book 1 in the Series: The Bionics is FREE!
"Shatter Me Fans Will Love This Series!"
Regular Price: $2.99    Sale Price: $.99

Fall of Icarus by Jon Messenger
Adult Sci-Fi Series
Book 1 in the Brink of Distinction Series: Burden of Sisyphus is FREE!
"Enders Game Fans Will Love This Series!"
Regular Price: $2.99    Sale Price: $.99

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Win and Read: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

the watcher cover 
The Watcher  
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her. Can he face her without falling again?
Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them. When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook. In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both? Ancient history is only the beginning.  
From November 28th to December 1st The Watcher is on sale for just $1.99!

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  Praise for The Watcher
 "Voisin's THE WATCHER blends paranormal mystery and romance into a book that is sure to keep readers turning the pages late into the night." -- Eileen Cook, author of THE ALMOST TRUTH 

"Perfect for fans of angels and demons, Lisa Voisin has created an uplifting tale of redemption, love, and spirituality that gives hope. Never preachy, THE WATCHER is the perfect answer to critics who claim Young Adult literature is too dark." -- Stephanie Lawton, author of WANT and SHRAPNEL 

"The Watcher is stunning! A paranormal romance that you won't want to put down. Voisin will enthrall you until the very last page." -- Stephanie Keyes, author, THE STAR CHILD series 

"Grips the reader, pulls them in and leaves them cheering for good!" -- InD'tale Magazine 

“The Watcher is my favorite angel fiction tale yet.” -- Katrina @Kindred Dreamheart 

“This book is phenomenal! I was hooked in right away and didn't want to stop.” -- Michelle @Michelle’s Paranormal Vault  
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Excerpt 
Instead of saying more, he brushed his fingertips along my cheek, and his halo glimmered. I could hear the waves slapping the rocks behind us, the wind driving them in. That same wind whipped against my skin, but the touch of his hand on my face was all I could think about. It sent a current through both of us and filled me with longing for something I wasn’t sure I understood. “I’m sorry.” He stepped back and shoved his hands into his pockets as the light around him faded. “You don’t know what it’s like. Being near you now, remembering those moments we had…” His hair blew into his eyes, but this time he didn’t move. I wanted to brush it back, but I didn’t know how he’d react. Would touching him be bad? “You want to know who you were?” he asked. “You may look different, but you’re the same. I look into your eyes and see you.” He took in a deep breath, fixing his attention on the horizon. I’d seen and heard so much now that the logical part of my brain had long since given up arguing with me. I could feel what he was saying was true. All of it. lisa v 
Author Lisa Voisin
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, Lisa can usually be found writing in a local cafĂ©. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine! Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancĂ© and their two cats.  
   
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Asking for Trouble by Tessa Bailey

The Queen of Dirty Talking is back! Whether this is your first experience with Tessa Bailey’s dirty talking heroes or you’ve been following her all along, you don’t want to miss out on meeting Brent and Hayden. Their banter is witty, filled with sexual tension, and the sex itself is “fan-your-face” hot, according to an early review from USA Today Happily Ever After.
Here’s a dirty talking snippet just for you guys:
He leaned forward and spoke right against her ear. “Come for me right now and I’ll let you ride me as hard as you want later. I know what gets you off. I saw it in your eyes last night. You want to throw me down and fuck me, duchess? Good. I’m in the mood to let you.”
Now you see why she’s been dubbed the Queen of Dirty Talking!

About Asking for Trouble

Asking for Trouble (Line of Duty, #4)

Brent Mason and Hayden Winstead can't stand each other. She plans exclusive parties for her rich family’s charities. He’s a rough and tumble cop who rigs explosives for a living. Could two people be any less suited for conversation? They think not and prefer to keep it that way.

Unfortunately, their two best friends are deeply, disgustingly in love. Forced together, the mutual attraction simmering beneath the surface of Brent and Hayden’s non-relationship grows with every argument until it explodes into a scintillating night of mind-blowing sex. And it won’t be the last, as far as Brent’s concerned.

Hayden has a secret, though. Her father’s company is relying on a merger to save them from financial ruin, and only Hayden’s marriage to the CEO’s wealthy son can secure the deal. If she’s to protect her family, she’ll have to forget Brent. And he has no intention of being forgotten.

In celebration of her new release, Tessa Bailey’s first book Protecting What’s His is on sale for only ¢99 for two full weeks! (11/24 - 12/7) Just in time to gift it to everyone who appreciates a dirty talker.

About Protecting What’s His

Protecting What's His (Line of Duty, #1)

She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.
The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.


Covet's November Releases Blast (Giveaways!)


Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, LIKE their Facebook page, and join the Book Club.


Today I'm happy to be featuring Covet's November releases which is very exciting because in celebration of these three great new books, they are on sale for just $0.99 for the first week of release only. So they are perfect to download and read over the long holiday weekend between all the hussle and bussle for a nice little break.

Also, make sure to hop on twitter tonight, 11/25 at 8PM to join in the #CovetBash. The authors of these fabulous books will be joining in the fun, and there will be lot's of chances to win prizes, including a grand prize giveaway of Covet's entire backlist to one lucky winner! Details here or here.


Parts & Wreck by Mark Henry

Wade Crowson, a brutish and brooding playboy and veteran vivisectionist for the Parts Department, runs into more than he bargained for in new partner, Lucid Montgomery, a quirky beauty with a bizarre secret and a string of psychiatric diagnoses she tries hard to keep hidden. Loving Luce will stamp a demonic target on her back and thrust Wade into a frenzied whirlwind of hilarious misunderstandings and, quite possibly, a stripping gig for emptynesters. Can they withstand the savagery of an exorcism (with or without the split pea soup) and come out alive and …in love?



Operation Saving Daniel by Nina Croft

At eighteen, Melissa seduced her best friend Julia's brother only to run away shortly after. While Daniel was her fairytale prince, Lissa didn’t believe in happy ever afters.

Ten years and a near death experience later, Lissa is ready for a husband and family. But a cry for help from Julia puts that dream on hold. Daniel is acting weird and he’s about to marry his long term girlfriend—AKA The Evil One. Someone needs to save him.

Daniel has never stopped loving Lissa. Ten years ago when he gave her a little freedom, he always intended that one day they would be together. Right up until the moment he was bitten by a werewolf. Now, Daniel has to hide what he is. He won’t risk anyone else, especially the woman he loves.

But Lissa is back. Their attraction is stronger than ever and Lissa is nothing if not tenacious.




The Awakening: Britton by Abby Niles
The Awakening #3

"I would lick that man up one side and down the other."

Half-shifter and lead SPAC agent, Val Calhoun, has listened to women gush over the Don Juan of the precinct for the last four years. Yeah, Detective Britton Townsend is hot and has stunning blue eyes, but that foul mouth he saves only for her? What a waste of good looks. And no way does Val want that mouth anywhere near hers.

When the shifter community is threatened, Val is assigned to the case…and fails. So the High Council turns to the rogue shifter they'd sentenced to twenty years as a human--that same obnoxiously sexy Detective Townsend. And sends the two arch-enemies deep into the North Carolina Mountains-—together, and alone.

Being stuck in a tiny honeymoon cabin with Miss Castration and only one bed is definitely not Britton's idea of a good time. But the High Council doesn’t take no for an answer. After his shifter abilities are restored, Brit is once again susceptible to the dreaded, irreversible bonding instinct, the Drall. Thankfully, all he’s ever felt for Val is intense loathing, no reason to worry. Right? All he has to do is solve this case pronto, and he can go back to his footloose Casanova ways. That is, if they don’t kill each other first. Or worse...fall in love.



Missed the first book in the Awakening series? While these books stand alone, it can be fun to go back and see how the other couple got together. And in celebration of book #3's release, book one, The Awakening: Aidan is on sale for just $0.99 as well, so grab it while you can!


The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles
The Awakening #1

Is the gift of eternal love a blessing or a curse? After years of counseling grieving shifters, psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr. Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating. She wants to marry a human and forget about the love for eternity crap. Then she meets Aidan O’Connell, an infuriatingly laid back shifter who represents everything she doesn’t want. Yet, the more he pursues her, the more she craves a future with him. Only one thing stands in her way: death. Can she overcome her fear of losing Aidan to the one guarantee in life? Millionaire consultant, Aidan O’Connell knows he’ll one day meet a woman who’ll awaken an unrelenting mating instinct. Unfortunately, that woman is Jaylin, who has no qualms about telling him that he and his so-called eternity can shove it. When she pushes him away, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer escape. The close proximity throws the instinct into overdrive. Can he control the need engrained in him until he’s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?



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Friday, November 22, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Moonglow by Michael Griffo

Moonglow (The Darkborn Legacy, #1)Moonglow by Michael Griffo

  • Series: The Darkborn Legacy
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: K-Teen (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758280726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758280725

  • From the author of the acclaimed Archangel Academy vampire trilogy comes a stunning new series about a girl determined to defy her fate—and reclaim her future…

    Something strange is going on with Dominy Robineau. All her friends in Weeping Water, Nebraska, have noticed—and it’s way beyond teenage blues. As weeks pass, Dom grows consumed by anger, aggression, and violence, and she seems powerless to stop it. Then she turns sixteen, and things get really dangerous.

    When her best friend is murdered, Dominy’s father is compelled to reveal the truth behind the darkness that threatens to both overtake and empower her. Her boyfriend, Caleb, swears they’ll find a way to change her destiny. But others are hiding secrets too, and gifts that are far more terrifying than hers. And even as she struggles to control her new abilities, Dom must contend with an enemy who wants her to use the beast within to destroy all those she loves, before she destroys herself…
     
I must admit that I’m very excited with this book, just look at that cover and the premise, plus this book came from the same writer of The Archangel Academy which was my very first book review in Bookshelf Confessions. But rest assured that this is an honest review.

The cover is very gorgeous. I love everything about it except maybe the model’s expression. I love her red/orange hair, the big moon behind her, her dress and the title’s font. But more than that, it reflect what the story really is.

The prologue is very engaging and tension-filled, it would definitely grab any reader’s attention. However Chapter 1 goes back to “3 months ago”. Although Part 1 (the book composed of the Prologue, Part 1, Part 2 and Epilogue and comes with a sneak peek of Sunblind, the 2nd book) is a little bit slow, I understand that this is needed to help us know Dominy, the protagonist more, her friends, her family and the town/school she grow up with. But when Part 2 jumps in, I was already hooked, and I can’t put the book down. This part consists of Dominy questioning everything she thought she was, uncovering mysteries about herself and the curse, balancing between the guilt of her dead bestfriend –whom she thought and knew she killed, her jeolous boyfriend, and finding a way to change her fate- this book is action-packed and a lot of things are going on.

Michael Griffo has done it again—making an extraordinary story from the ordinary. Everyone of us know how common werewolf tales are ( I’m spilling it since you’d probably read it anyway from other reviews that Dominy is curse to be a werewolf once every full moon), but this book isn’t just another werewolf story, there is actually a plot of how it all started; there is world-building, this is an original take on a modern-day myth—and I love every inch of it.

There is however some points where the author is carried with words and descriptions. And some of the names are hard to remember or just very unique.

The characters are realistic although you might not love them. Dom is vain-she’s concern about pimples and her being ugly, which I guess depicts a normal teenager. She’s also aggressive, bitchy and has a bad temper-which was attributed to her “changing”. Jess is obssessed with Japan, and I’m not against it.. sure, the characters all have issues, but no one’s perfect.

I’ve read some reviews saying the book is racist, maybe it’s a matter of opinion but I didn’t find any racism in it. Just because the antagonist is referred to as evil and happens to be an American-Indian who does curses and magic, doesn’t mean it’s racist. Would it make a difference if it wasn’t an Indian woman? Off course it’s expected she should be seen as evil by the main heroine, who wouldn’t if she cursed you, right?

MOONGLOW is a page-turner with lots of twist and mysteries in every corner. And contains an ending that would left you astounded. It’s mainly a story of friendship, trust and family despite everything that has change. I’m so happy that I won’t have to wait for long since I already have Sunblind. Watch out for my review soon :)

If you love paranormal, especially werewolf tales and doesn’t overanalyze things, then this book is for you. The target audience mainly are teens.

I would recommend this book!

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday bKindle Fire Giveaway

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Dollhouse Asylum Mary Gray




The Dollhouse Asylum
The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937053644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937053642
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
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A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne's heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now "Persephone," and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

If they play it right, then they'll be safe.

But if they play it wrong, they'll die



To be honest, I have low expectations for this book except for the beautiful cover, simply because I’ve already read some negative reviews about it. But I continued to read it- not because I owe the author or the publisher but because I was intrigued to rate the book for myself- and I was surprised!

At first my thoughts are confirmed- the heroine is naive enough to not question where she is- I mean one is expected to be hysterical after finding out you’ve been abducted, away from your family and into a new world you knew nothing about, but Cheyenne? She simply follows whatever Teo ( her love interest as of now) says, which is unrealistic and probably what tick off those reviewers to write negative reviews.

But alas, things changed when Cheyenne realized Teo is not what he seems to be. She began to question things and the absurdity of being in the Elysian Fields and why she feel that way for Teo in the very first place.—this happened at over 100 pages—and I’m glad I’ve read on. I now see Cheyenne as a different person- sure, she’s still naive in a way, but she’s fighting. She suffers from internal battle between what she feels when Teo kissed her and what she thinks she should feel agaist a murderer. It’s nice to see her together with Marc (Teo’s brother) find a way to the vaccine and escape this dark world Teo created.

The plot is actually very unique and interesting. It’s one of a kind. it’s also cool that there are 7 pairs that should relive the original famous tragic lovestories and that they were renamed to better fit the characters. I especilly loved the names, Bee and Ramus (Thisbe and Pyramus), Izzy and Tristan (Isolde and Tristan), Gwen and Lance (Guineverre and Lancelot), Cleo and Marc (Cleopatra and Marc Anthony), Juliet and Romeo, Persephone and Hades and the others.

I must say that the author succeeded in making a horrible character- that anyone would read will feel disgust- I’m talking about Teo ( BTW, older man from the synopsis means he’s 24 and Cheyenne’s 18, not the old man you’re probably thinking). He’s a perfect example of a psychopath and sociopath who likes to manipulate things and put it in his own order. He does not have sympathy except for Cheyenne—he’s just evil. And it’s seldom I feel strongly against a character like this.

Yes, the book has ups and downs, you might not relate to the protagonists, the subcharacters may lack personalities and backstories, but I should admit that I was drawn into this intricate sinister world. I was compelled to turn the pages and see what happens next. I was expecting some twist and turns but when it finally did—it wasn’t what I expected.

Mary Gray has written a sinister world full of darkness and deceit, that would definitely hit the scale of creepiness to maximum. THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM is an engaging, intriguing, thought-provoking world set in madness that left me in awe and shock. I would read the next one in the series and would read future books from this author. I highly recommend!

*** I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

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