Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Compulsion For Reading Blog Tour #Giveaway @MartinaABoone @PageTurnersBlog

Scavenger Hunt!

Don't forget! There’s a fun scavenger hunt that’s part of this blog tour. Martina released TWO codewords yesterday, each with their own free download on her website. You can find those here: http://www.fictionfare.com/compulsion-by-martina-boone-blog-tour/ and here http://www.pageturnersblog.com/2015/08/compulsion-paperback-blog-tour-diy.html
 For today’s codeword, keep reading below, and find the codeword in red, all caps. You’ll find the instructions on what to do with that codeword down below as well!

COMPULSION by Martina Boone
October 28, 2014, Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Family, Legends, Myths, Fables, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult 
Pages: 448 

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient CURSE.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions. Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn't what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. 

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Pre-Order Heirs of Watson Island Book Two!

PERSUASION by Martina Boone
October 27, 2015, 
Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Family, Legends, Myths, Fables, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult 
Pages: 464 

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About the Author

Martina Boone spoke several languages before she learned English after moving to the U.S. She has never fallen out of love with words, fairy tale settings, or characters who have to find themselves. She is the author of Compulsion, the acclaimed first book in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. with Persuasion releasing 10/27/15. She is also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, the CompulsionForReading.com book drive campaign for underfunded schools and libraries, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to the discovery and celebration of young adult literature and encouraging literacy through YA series. Locally in her home state, she is on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, helping to promote literacy and adult education initiatives.


13 Free Downloads, Word-Search Fun, 

and a Persuasion Pre-Order Giveaway

If you've read and loved Compulsion, good news! Persuasion releases October 27th!
  • To say thank you to all the amazing readers who've let her know that they're looking forward to reading the sequel packed with more mystery, magic, and romance--not to mention a ghost or two or six--and to celebrate Barrie Watsons gift of finding lost things, Martina has some great giveaways going on. 
  • There are thirteen code words in the grid below that relate to Persuasion and the Heirs of Watson Island series. 
  • From 8/31 to 9/11, the Compulsion paperback blog tour will reveal the code word or words that will unlock a special page at http://www.MartinaBoone.com that day. (Yes, somewhere on this page, there is a CODE WORD!) 
  • There are three great giveaways (see below!) plus even more giveaways that are exclusive to Martina's website when you visit. 
  • As a code word unlocks a page, you can go to that page to download free items. There will be stickers, DYI origami bookmark, traditional bookmarks, door hangers, book plates, beautiful wallpapers, and more. 
  • To unlock a page, replace the word CODEWORD in the following URL with the actual code and type or copy the whole thing into the address bar of your web browser: http://martinaboone.com/index.php/books/downloadables/CODEWORD/
  • ALL pages will be unlocked by 9/11. 
  • All downloads are free, and most are available whether or not you pre-order. 
  • A few downloads will only be available with a pre-order receipt or order number. 
  • Wherever you need a pre-order receipt, there's also a special Rafflecopter with additional AMAZING giveaways. 
  • With pre-order, a limited number of people will also receive a signed bookplate, bumper sticker, and beautiful signed Compulsion and Persuasion charm bookmarks with ribbons. 

Word Search Puzzle

Want a sneak peak at all the code words? Here's the word search puzzle that contains all thirteen! But remember, one is unlocked for every stop on the blog tour, so you'll need to stop by each of the tour hosts to find the code word that day so you can download the freebies!
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Enter the Giveaways!

Prize One:
Prize Two:
Prize Three:

DON'T FORGET! 

Follow the rest of the tour for more free downloads every day! 
For daily updated links to all the tour stops and codes for free downloadables, plus more prizes and chances to win, go here: http://martinaboone.com/index.php/books/downloadables/tour/

Cowboy Valentine by Mia Hopkins blog tour #romance @MiaHopkinsxoxo @InkSlingerPR

There's a hot cowboy and a sexy woman on our blog today thanks to author Mia Hopkins. We are part of the Cowboy Valentine blog tour. Enjoy!
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About Cowboy Valentine:
Forget chocolate and flowers. This homegrown honey is all the sweetness he craves.
Small-town life is nothing but a waiting room for eighteen-year-old honor student Corazón Gomez. Work and school leave little time for love, but with a full-ride Ivy League scholarship and a one-way ticket out of the boondocks, who needs it?
The answer appears on Valentine’s Day when her old cowboy crush ambles into the ice cream parlor where she works, inviting her to go on a late-night ride in his truck. For the first time she wavers between staying on the straight and narrow, and going off-road with the handsome heartbreaker.
After four years working on ranches all over the country, Caleb MacKinnon is back on the family farm helping out his mom and brothers while his father fights cancer. The one bright spot: smart, funny, and wickedly sexy Cora.
From the start, they both know this blazing-hot love affair can’t last. But when autumn comes and Cora has to leave for the East Coast, Caleb must find a solution to keep himself—and his heart—from falling apart.
Warning: Contains hard, cherry-poppin’ sex in a pickup truck and a cowboy charmer who talks dirty in two languages.
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Rating: 3.5
Cover comment: I like the colors and the images.
Book source: NetGalley

My stay in the fictional town of Oleander may have been short but it sure was memorable. Author Mia Hopkins packs a lot of heat and romance on the pages of her novella. Cora sucked me into her story with her no nonsense voice and once Caleb came onto the scene I couldn't tear my eyes away from the pages. A determined young woman hell bent on leaving small town life behind sees a chance for a quick romance with the hunk she's been crushing on for years. Oh yeah, I'm there.

With her scholarship to Brown University, Cora is getting ready to leave Oleander while traveling heartbreaker cowboy Caleb has just returned to help out at home because his dad is sick. When Caleb enters the ice cream shop Cora works at she sees an opportunity to live a little before going away. What Caleb offers her is too good to refuse and this 'good girl' decides to give in and have some fun. Caution: hot, sexy times ahead!

Cowboy Valentine delivers a fast-paced, well-written smoking read. I enjoyed the story but found myself wishing for more: more pages, more character development and more story. These two are such an interesting couple and their growing relationship could have been explored more and nurtured. What we are treated to is sexy and fun and I only wished my stay in Oleander lasted a little longer. 

About Mia Hopkins:
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Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends.When she’s not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good "teacher voice" and "teacher stare." She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Stepping Stones (The Stone Series, #1) by Kacey Vanderkarr blog tour with excerpt, review and #Giveaway @kacimari @NereydaG1003 #YA


It is the beginning of a new week and we have a jam packed bunch of days ahead. This Monday we bring a new YA series to our readers with the Stepping Stones blog tour. Keep reading to find out about this book, enjoy the excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway.


Stepping Stones (The Stone Series, #1)
by Kacey Vanderkarr
YA contemporary fantasy
Release Date: 08/25/15
Urban Fey Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope.

Everett’s presence is comforting, though he knows things—Onna’s name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn’t say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna’s brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.


Excerpt

Later that day, Onna plucked her phone off the bed and cradled it in her hands. She’d never considered how much of her life revolved around the tiny piece of plastic and metal.
Her father left, off to the funeral home to pick out a casket. She tried to go with him, but he refused to the point of yelling, so she let it go. She couldn’t imagine walking between the caskets, trailing her fingers over shiny silver and brushed brass, trying to find a perfect fit for Caleb. Would he want mahogany and gold? Lacquered black with silver accents? What about the interior, the satin where his skin would rest forever? White? Ivory? Open or closed? Maybe he wanted to be cremated.
Onna shuddered, relieved she hadn’t gone.
Unlocking her phone, she pressed the number three, waiting while speed dial connected. Her hand shook when she lifted the phone. It went straight to voicemail.
“It’s Caleb, you know what to do.”
She waited patiently for the beep. “It’s me,” she started, words hardly a whisper. “I—” she broke off, trying to arrange her thoughts into something that made sense. “I just…miss you.” She hung up and dialed again. One day, she knew a stranger would answer.
 Biting her lip to ward off tears, she sat on the bed and pulled her knees up to her chest, trying to think of what Caleb would tell her to do. Life is for the living, Leelee, he’d say, or, I love you little sister, but it’s time to let me go. Or maybe, just think of how small my carbon footprint is, hardly a blip!
She smiled a little. That was exactly how Caleb thought.
Onna pushed a few buttons on her phone, stalling, knowing she would regret whatever came next. Then she dialed her mother’s number. It didn’t ring. Dead, crackling air, filled her ear and then a stranger’s voice, the one she feared from Caleb’s number, told her the number she was trying to reach was no longer in service. She disconnected, clutching the phone until her knuckles turned white.
A hot ache swelled in her belly, arcing upward to her throat. Onna pressed her mouth against the bony curve of her knee to stifle the screams, so hard that she drew blood, but the sounds kept coming, over and over, until her throat was raw. She was glad her father wasn’t home to hear it, that Hunter hadn’t seen her break down. She was on her own in this, determined not to let her dad see how devastated she felt. Someone had to take care of him.
Her hand vibrated, and she looked down, surprised to see her cell still clutched there. Everett’s name flashed on the screen, though Onna knew she hadn’t added his number. He must’ve done it sometime the day before.
E: Do you want me to come back?
She stared at the words, remembering how he knew where she lived, and how he told her his mother was dead. She should say no. Everett was a stranger, but twice now, he’d seen her cry. He bandaged her wounds and watched over her while she slept. His hands helped pull Cora from the burning car.
He’d helped her, but he’d also held her down. Maybe she couldn’t save Caleb, but she could’ve died trying.
Still, Onna couldn’t deny the bit of the warmth Everett created inside of her when everything else was frozen.
She sniffed and wiped away a tear. Maybe a stranger was exactly what she needed. She hit reply.
O: Yes.

Review 

Rating: 4 of 5
Cover comment: A sweet, romantic type of picture. Keeps my guessing as to what type of story it it.
Book source: I received a promotional copy.

Stepping Stones, the first book in Kacey Vanderkarr's new YA contemporary fantasy series The Stone, certainly intrigued me and kept me wondering throughout my read. Filled with the usual emotions, complexities and drama of teen life, there was also this undercurrent of mystery introduced when a certain young man comes onto the scene. This mystery only intensified and certainly kept me glued to the pages.
Onna is the main character, a senior in high school who shares a close relationship with her older brother Caleb, has a great best friend named Hunter, and has met an interesting new guy, Everett. When we meet Onna she is reeling from the news that her parents are divorcing and this is simply the beginning to everything this young woman has to endure in this book.
Vanderkarr creates a realistic contemporary world from Onna's home life to school and everything else. As for her characters, I empathized with Onna and liked her. She is strong and yet has enough vulnerability to make her sympathetic. There were times her best friend drove me crazy and her antics seemed to be too much, but their friendship came across as true. Everett is also an interesting character and I won't spoil anything. The one relationship which truly stood out was between Onna and Caleb. Despite his being older and living on his own, these two had an intense and loving bond and he was a great brother. (and had a wonderful girlfriend). I rarely read of such unique sibling relationships today and this one made me smile. It also provided the most heartache.
I really enjoyed Stepping Stones (even the sad parts), especially liked the twist, and was pleasantly surprised by the depth and strength of emotions in this book. Vanderkarr's writing flows and is packed with feeling and vivid descriptions. Onna and Everett's friendship is not a quick attachment and yet the readers immediately senses there is a strong chemistry between these two, something special and different. In fact those two words are how I felt while reading. This story was special and different. As a fan and writer of YA contemporary fantasy, I've become an admirer of Ms. Vanderkarr as well. I can only wonder at what the author has planned for book two and I'm excited to continue this addictive series.


About the Author

Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. Along with her novels, Reflection Pond and Antithesis, Kacey's short fiction can be found in Sucker Literary Vol 3, and the upcoming Spark Vol 7, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland.

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