Promo: ‘Watersong’ series by Amanda Hocking

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Amanda Hocking has become a sort of poster girl for and indie author making the transition to a major publisher with St. Martin’s Press.  Her Trylle series won rave reviews and garnered a large amount of attention by the press and readers alike.  Now, she has a new YA fantasy series, the Watersong series, and we are able to see her growth as an author.  The third book, Tidal, was released this week, and the final installment, Elegy is due out in August.  Here’s the lowdown, in case you haven’t stumbled across Hocking yet:

 

Blurb (from Amanda’s blog):pizap.com13539946112041

In the Watersong quartet, sixteen-year-old Gemma Fisher and her older sister Harper live a quiet life in the ocean-side town of Capri, MD. Gemma’s biggest concerns are her blossoming crush on the neighbor boy Alex and practicing for the swim team, while Harper is stressing out about going to college in the fall and reconciling her own feelings for a local guy, Daniel.

When a trio of new girls come into town for the summer, everything changes.  Harper can’t explain it, but she senses something disturbing about them, especially their interest in her younger sister.  But as Gemma and Harper discover the truth behind the new girls and what they want with Gemma, it’s far worse than anything they could’ve imagined…

Are they mermaids, sirens, or something else entirely?  I guess you are going to have to read it to find out.  Plus– gorgeous covers, huh?!

 

 

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AmandahockingA bit about Amanda:

Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.

 

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Website: http://www.worldofamandahocking.com

Blog: http://amandahocking.blogspot.com

 

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Waiting on Wednesday #18: ‘Rose Under Fire’ by Elizabeth Wein

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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, to spotlight upcoming releases that make me clap in bookish glee.

This week’s selection:

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Release date:  September 10, 2013

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Why?  Code Name Verity was amazing.  I am anticipating the next in the series.

From the jacket:

While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp.  Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners.  But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?

Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller.  The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.

Book Promo: ‘Taking Back Forever’ by Karen Amanda Hooper

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The Kindrily Series #2
by Karen Amanda Hooper
Publication date: May31st 2013
Genre: NA Modern Gothic Horror
From the Cover:

Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn’t erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love.  Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.

Maryah’s power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory.  But Harmony isn’t big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands.  Heaven help anyone who stands in her way

 

 

 

 

 

Karen

 

 

About the Author:

Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs.  She’s addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember.  In high school she discovered her passion for putting her thoughts onto paper, but it wasn’t until her late twenties that she wrote her first novel.  Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

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Book Tour: ‘A Half Forgotten Song’ by Katherine Webb

I would like to apologize for posting this a bit late, as it was supposed to be up last week.  I had a wee bit of technical difficulty with WordPress.  Fine- it was me, alright.  I accidentally entered the wrong year for posting.  I have managed to work out the slight kink, and the operator, a.k.a. me has been scolded for the mishap.  She promises to do better in the future, and to double check the dates from now on.  Thank you.  Oh, and enjoy!

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by Katherine Webb

William Morrow

496 pages

Pub. Date:   May 28, 2013 (Paperback Release)

Book received from:  Publisher

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Genre:  Historical Fiction/ Mystery

Cover:  Just lovely.  I like the simplicity, colors, and font used.

Characters:  Appealing, yet forgetable

Tagline:  The ghosts of the past have jealous hearts

First line(s):  “The wind was so strong that Dimity felt herself being pulled between two worlds; caught in a waking dream so vivid the edges blurred, and then vanished.”

Rating:  3  out of 5 stars

Worth the read?  Sure.  However, you might want to try another of Webb’s titles first.

From the Cover:

A spellbinding tale about the power of love, the danger of obsession, and the unfaithful nature of memory.  A Half Forgotten Song is by turns haunting, heartbreaking and joyous.

1937.  In a village on the Dorset coast, fourteen-year-old Mitzy Hatcher has endured a wild and lonely upbringing, until the arrival of renowned artist Charles Aubrey-along with his exotic mistress and their daughters-changes everything. Over the next three summers, Mitzy sees a future she had never thought possible, and a powerful love is kindled in her.  A love that grows from innocence to obsession; from childish infatuation to something far more complex.  Years later, a young man in an art gallery looks at a hastily-drawn portrait and wonders at its intensity.  The questions he asks lead him to a Dorset village and to the truth about those fevered summers in the 1930s.

The Short & Sweet of It:   This is a middle-of-the-road novel for me.  I didn’t dislike it, but I was never ravenously turning the pages, either.  The story was compelling, and the way the author allows it to unfold is quite well done, leaving room for a twist here and there. The characters were not very likable, which distracted me from the story from time to time.  However, the atmosphere is quite amazing.  It is dark and bleak and romantic all at once.  Webb certainly knows how to set the tone and environment for her characters to flourish.

While I am finding it a bit tough to describe my feelings about this, I suppose it would best be summed up as apathetic.  There is a much to be appreciated within the pages of A Half Forgotten Song, but the pace is a bit slow and the lack of connection with the characters has left me feeling like it could have done so much more and really been great, instead of settling for good.  On many levels, A Half Forgotten Song is easily half forgotten.

 

Katherine Webb

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Blog Tour: Blurb & Excerpt- ‘Awaken’ by Jaime Guerard

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by Jaime Guerard
Publication date: March 30th 2013
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Genre: YA Paranormal Romantic Thriller

From the Cover:
Three things run through my mind at this very moment…
 
ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.
 
TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.
 
THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.
 
Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality. 
 
Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close. 
 
There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin. 
 
Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny. If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.

Excerpt

I turned the volume up on the TV, nothing.  I turned it off and then on again, still no sound.  The weather man’s mouth was moving, but I couldn’t hear a word he was saying.  Fidgeting with the remote, I suddenly realized that I couldn’t hear anything going on in the house anywhere.  There was utter silence. My brothers blaring music had stopped at the exact same time the sound from the TV was lost.  There was also no sound coming from the dishwasher I had just started.  The dishes couldn’t have been done yet, it had only been about five minutes.

A chill swept over my body and goose bumps formed on my skin.  Out of the corner of my eye, a yellow flashing light startled me. I realized it was just my cell phone ringing and grabbed it quickly.

Someone was obviously calling, but there was no ring tone, no sound.  How was it that I couldn’t hear it ringing?  I shuddered and wondered what was happening.  Hesitantly, I pushed the talk button.  “Hello?”  No one was on the other end.  Turning the phone off, the receiver began to shake in my hand.  Hardly breathing now, I stood perfectly still, straining to hear something, anything at all.  I took a book from my backpack and slammed it on the floor.  Silence.

Fear was paralyzing me.  Logic; I had to think rationally.  I must’ve been sleeping and this was all a bad dream.  The kind of thing that only happened in movies, not in real life!  Suddenly I felt a presence with me again; the same presence I had experienced this morning. There was a tingling sensation throughout my body and I felt weightless ― like right before you’re about to faint.  I was dazed and disoriented.  So much was happening yet when I glanced at the clock, only about a minute had passed…impossible.  With my eyes focused intently on the TV, a bright flash filled the room.  In an instant, everything disappeared into the light and the flash temporarily blinded me.

I was completely frozen.  Afraid something catastrophic might happen, I didn’t dare move an inch.  The blurriness took a couple of seconds before settling into thousands of tiny spots.  After I refocused, I couldn’t believe what I was staring at.  “This can’t be happening,”  I whispered in a distraught voice.  Floating in midair, just a few feet away from me was what looked like a huge movie screen.  It was about the size of a fifty-three inch big screen TV.  It was transparent so I was still able to see everything in my room.

I flinched and fell back on my bed as the images materialized on the screen.  Appearing before me was a beautiful pale woman in a bedroom, packing a suitcase.  She looked to be in her later twenties and she was stunning.  Her eyes were a beautiful baby blue; her platinum blonde hair hung loosely around her flawless face.  She was dressed in a red long-sleeved blouse and black dress pants.  The room was beautifully decorated.  It could have been showcased in a designer magazine.  The deep cherry wood bed was positioned in the center of the room with two nightstands on either side.  On the opposite wall sat a tall dresser with a beautiful bouquet of red roses. On one of the nightstands was an alarm clock with big red numbers that read four-twenty-nine, and a picture of the woman and a man sat next to the clock.  I had the strangest feeling that I had seen him before but couldn’t place him.  He looked like a taller man or perhaps the woman was short.  His dark brown hair matched perfectly with his brown eyes and he had a wonderful bright smile.  From looking at the picture, I had the feeling that he was a good man with a good heart.

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About the Author:
Jaime grew up in a small town in Northern California. Having a passion for dance and music, she never would have thought herself to become an author.  In late 2008, Jaime found the pieces of her novel beginning to take form and a story was born. Soon she had a full novel in her hands and a writer was developed. Awaken is Jaime’s first published novel. With many features still in the works, this debut novel is just a taste of the action-packed romantic thrillers to come from this aspiring new author.  Jaime now lives in Nevada with her husband and three boys. Loving life, and living a dream.

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