Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blog tour (audio interview): The Marian by Taylor Hohulin


Hi Everyone!

Today I'm doing an experiment. I'm hosting a tour stop with author Taylor Hohulin, doing an audio interview via Skype. Of course, the connection had to drop, and I'm happy it was only once. So, in case you were wondering, that's why there are two players down there. Also, I tried to combine the files, but with the limited amount of time and resources I have, you can imagine that I gave up on it pretty quickly.

Anyway, the interview was recorded back in August but all the info you find in this post is up to date. Hope you have a fun time, and don't laugh at my inexperience too much.




Book Title: The Marian

Author Name: Taylor Hohulin

Publisher: Self-published

Date of Publication: September 19, 2014

Genre: Young Adult Post-apocalyptic/Steampunk

Length: 72,000 words / 370 pages

Blurb:

Fifteen-year-old Ethan Denby doesn’t know how he got on the Marian. He just woke up one day inside the body of its captain.

The Marian is unlike any ship Ethan has ever seen. It crawls on long, metal legs over dunes of salt in search of water, despite laws granting exclusive harvesting rights to a corrupt organization known as HydroSystems Worldwide.

HydroSystems is closing in, tensions are mounting aboard the Marian, and on top of all that, Ethan is beginning to think the dreams he's been having aren't completely harmless. If he doesn’t get home soon, Ethan could die inside someone else’s body in this wasteland of a world. The only way back seems to be through a place known simply as the Cloud, but how can he convince the crew to take him there when it means confronting a dangerous cult and venturing into a place where the very fabric of reality has worn thin?

  
Free preview chapter download: http://books.noisetrade.com/taylorhohulin/the-marian-excerpt 
Goodreads page: The Marian (The Marian #1)
 iTunes preorder: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-marian/id906165972?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 
Nook store preorder: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-marian-taylor-hohulin/1120079480?ean=2940046081664
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Marian-Taylor-Hohulin-ebook/dp/B00MXAW37S


Author bio:
Taylor is a DJ at a Christian rock station in Dallas, Texas. He lives in Arlington with his wife, two cats, and a dog. He has lost track of the number of times he ate a whole sleeve of Oreos.   

Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Hohulin/e/B00DHTY20A/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7136484.Taylor_Hohulin?from_search=true

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book review: He Belongs With Me by Sarah Darlington

Two girls. One Leo. 

Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather's world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis. But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo... which girl will win his heart? Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing's for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong. 


*NEW ADULT ROMANCE. Recommended for 17+ due to sexual situations and adult language.*



NOTE: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Picking up this book, I was expecting a light, romantic read. That's exactly what I got, only it lacked the beauty of a well polished and edited novel. Some scenes were unbelievable and unrealistic. Too many things happened 'coincidentally-on-purpose'. The phrase 'sawing some serious logs' was mentioned repeatedly in reference to snoring loudly. It was okay the first time, but became irritating afterwards. Other than that, it was a sweet story.

Writing style:
It was good enough to take me through the whole book, but by no means was it spectacular. Some things could've been written better, or edited better.
Also, I was unsure of the necessity of all the swearing.

Story line:
It's pretty simple actually. Two twins who have nothing in common finally find commong ground in the face of a childhood friend, Leo, and a past step-brother, Dean. Each of the falls for the right guy, at exactly the wrong moment.

Themes:
-twins – their differences and similarities
-finding love where least expected
-family approval is quite important in a child's development

Characters:
Clara was described as the bad twin. She was supposed to be impossible to live with, selfish and easy with guys. She turned out to be the complete opposite. She was a fiercely loving sister, even though she never showed it openly. Because of that she got in trouble more often than not. Clara was largely afraid to have her heart broken.

Maggie appeared to be the good girl – she adored her father, helped out on his golf complex and was generally easy to talk with. Still, she wasn't the angel everyone thought she was. She was fiercely jealous of Clara, had her fair share of boyfriends and could be pretty nasty when she wanted.

Leo could be sweet when he wanted, I suppose. But I had a huge issue with his dirty mouth. That kind of disgusted me and instead of waiting the scenes where he was featured, I kind of wanted to avoid them. I'm not sure what the large amount of cursing was supposed to accomplish towards developing his character, so I think it was quite unnecessary. Leo was selfish at times and was such a brat... he's definitely not the kind of book boyfriend I'd pick.

Dean... well, his story seemed to just have popped out of nowhere. He was the twins' ex-step brother, who returned to town. He was the most mature of the lot, and knowing his story it was no wonder. I liked reading the chapters where he was featured.

In Conclusion:
He Belongs With Me is not for everyone, but people who don't mind profanity may enjoy it.

My rating is

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blog Tour (trailer + giveaway): Knight of Light by Deirdra Eden

Hi guys,

The Watchers tour runs this September, and I've chosen today as my stop. What should you expect below? Surely not a lengthy post. There's a very nicely made book trailer that I'd recommend you to see. It got me curious about this book so I might be buying it :) Enjoy!


The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light
Author: Deirdra Eden
Audience: YA
Genre: fantasy




In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watchers Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.






About the Author


"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online on AmazonDeirdra's websiteFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book review: Where You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher

When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn't happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

Nate doesn't tell her why he's in her garage, and she doesn't tell him what she's running from. Soon, Hanley's trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate's recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn't sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.
 





Note: I received the eARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I did not expect this story to plunge in such deep waters. I didn't think it would go beyond the average teen romance. And yet, the romance wasn't the main theme in this novel, even though it was the driving force that put all things into motion.

Both main characters were put in situations where they had to deal with the grief and pain that only the loss of a loved one could summon. And while Hanley was only suffering on the inside, Nate's case wasn't as easy.

Writing style:
The story was told in a first person POV- Hanley's. It was engaging and entertaining. I liked how there was a balance between dialogue and narrative. Nothing was overdone, which made the pace steady and easy to fall into.

Story line:
Original, following the (mis)adventures of Hanley and how a random, homeless boy entered her life literally through her back door. It was a creative story with a strong emphasis on plot, characters and emotional hardships.

Themes:
-Homelessness and hospitality
-Building trust
-Loss and how different people deal with it
-Love can be found in the weirdest of places

Characters:

Hanley has friends but feels as lonely as ever. She also has secrets she hides from her family, her friends and her own self. She tries to quench the feeling of loss and guilt in immeasurable quantities of alcohol, but we all know how well that ends up. Until Nate came in the picture, Hanley was the perfect picture of pretense. Seeing Nate's grief, and the very danger of losing him to a faulty system, Hanley finally comes to terms with her own loss and begins to realize that a warm, cuddly feeling has taken a hold of her heart.

Garage boy, a.k.a. Nate is sweet and has manners beyond Hanley's expectations of the homeless. What he doesn't have is a place to stay. The secrets he keeps are no small deal, so he dreads sharing them with anyone, let alone the drunk girl in whose garage he's taken residence. For how would he know her reaction, seeing that the police is after him?

Heather, Hanley's older sister appeared to be a goody-two-shoes. She never went out, never got in trouble, was accepted to a good college, had dreams and goals and a plan to accomplish them never in a million years would I have thought that she had a rebellious streak in her. That she'd be the one to guard Hanley's back, but I admired her for it. Sibling love rocks!!!!

In conclusion:
Where You'll Find Me is a really great book about finding strength to face your past and the problems connected with it.

My rating is:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blog tour (guest post): Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks

  Blog tour post:

I wasn’t sure whether or not to make a book trailer for Before He Was Gone. After all I’m not Steven Spielberg and I don’t exactly have a massive budget. Whatever I did was likely to come out as the digital equivalent of taking some sticky tape, paper and glitter and throwing it all at a wall.

But I got on the case anyway and decided that the best approach was probably going to be the honest one. Why not be straight up about the fact that making trailers is kind of hard for authors? Cos it is. It’s reeeeeally hard. It’s not only expensive, it’s time-consuming and we don’t all have the tools either. All I had was iMovie on my MacBook… oh and a bunch of photos, mostly of me looking awful. I spend a lot of time hiding out when I’m writing. And drinking coffee.
 
My video would be fueled by coffee…

I found a decent photo of what I imagined the Deserted island to look like. Then I sourced some free music from YouTube, and went about creating a little script to accompany all that. I added the photos of myself (bleurgh) and it turned out as a more honest approach that I think my mom might approve of more than the book (ahem).

Here’s the finished homemade trailer for Before He Was Gone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-b-SSkc0Vs
Behind the scenes: The making of the Before He Was Gone book trailer
 
 
Book details:

Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks
(Starstruck #2)
Publication date: Summer 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself…
When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.
Joshua’s different to everyone she’s ever known – a traveller, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she’s left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret – one he won’t risk anyone finding out.
Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose – a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits.
˃˃˃ “Becky does it again, delivering a searingly hot, emotionally intense and brilliantly written book. I loved it.” – Sarah Alderson (author of Hunting Lila, Fated, The Sound)
***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***


Purchase:


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AUTHOR BIO
Becky Wicks lives in Bali and scribbles books, and she’s mostly powered by coffee. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, Before He Was Famous recently reached #1 in Amazon’s Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories, and her three travel books, published by HarperCollins are online to make feet nice and itchy. Mostly though, she loves to write love stories. She blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter @bex_wicks. Especially if you have photos of cats.

Author links:


Giveaway:


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--50$ Amazon gift card
--A character named after the winner in book 3 - Before He Was a Secret
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Blog tour: (Excerpt) Next To You by Claudia Y. Burgoa


My stop in this tour is a tasty excerpt. Enjoy reading and don't forget to check out the book summary below!



For now, I’m wandering through the place, checking that security is in place and the bar is working smoothly. Like old times, back when we started opening our own clubs. The difference between now and then is that we do this—manage the place—only on opening night and for a couple of hours. At least I do. Buddy still enjoys staying the entire night at one of the locations and making sure everything runs as he likes.
“Nick,” I bump into him as I entered the +25 V.I.P. section, “I didn’t know you’d be coming. I thought you said you had a busy day.”
“Yes, I’m working,” he says. “Tony is in the field and the decision for her to come was made only an hour before we arrived here.”
I scan the room that only has about twenty guests—mainly friends—and find a curvy hot item wearing a barely there skirt and an open back blouse talking animatedly to…Blaine Frank. Who the hell invited him?
“Did she come alone?” I ask before jumping the macho wagon and breaking the fingers of my architect, as he’s touching Becca’s arm. Nick shakes his head. “She came with Frank?”
“No, with the Sanders,” Nick tells me. “They’re at the bar.”
That’s an open invitation to act somewhat possessive, isn’t it? The jury—my dick—agrees and as a judge it dictates the procedure to follow. Walk to her and let Frank know that he needs to back off.
“Hi, beautiful,” I whisper in her ear and make the mistake of touching her silky skin with the tip of my fingers. Becca tenses and by instinct, I kiss her naked shoulder. “Let’s get a drink and dance.”
I don’t wait for an answer, instead I grab her hand and pull her toward the private room, which will remain closed for today.
“What the hell was that?” she asks after I unlock the door, let us in and close it behind us. “Did you lose the memo where it informs you that I’m not yours?”
“You’re killing me here, Becca,” I say as I try to tamp down the jealousy running through my body. “Fuck, you know I can’t resist when you show that much skin. Then he’s touching you and…”
“He wasn’t touching me, Dan. The exaggerating much file is taking a hit again. You’re making a light brush on my arm sound as if he was mauling me right in front of all the guests,” she shrieks, not a Becca like behavior. “And what if he was, we are over. O.V.E.R. So stop kissing my back as if we’re together. If you need to get laid, there are plenty of women that will be willing to do it. We’re not even friends and you’re taking way too many liberties.”
“We’re not friends because you won’t let me get close to you,” I automatically respond, then I rethink what I just said since I’m guilty of the same charge. “We haven’t even tried to close that gap, Bex.”
“Fine.” She crosses her arms. “So when did you move to San Jose, Dan?” she questions, as if we’re retaking some random conversation. Instead of letting me answer, she speaks again, “Never mind, I apologize if I’m not willing to play the game of twenty questions with you.” She raises her hands toward the ceiling and shakes her head. “We both know I’m the only one who’s going to keep the conversation going while you give me monosyllabic answers.”
I want to ask my own question, PMS or just bitchy? but I abstain.
“Bad day?” Bad question, I tell myself, after she growls. “Bex?”
“It’s hard you know.” The head looking down and lip biting posture isn’t a good sign. No I don’t, I want to say but choose to listen. “Trying to behave friendly, but not too friendly, making sure I don’t overstep because I’m not your person anymore and…I resigned to all my rights. But then you behave like this…” She gestures with her hand, as if speaking of the stupid scene I just made outside this room. “Or when I moved to my new place and you kicked across the street guy out of my house. I can’t remember his name, nor do I care much, but he avoids me now. You’re hitting on me one moment and the next you look at me as if I’m contagious and of course you avoid me at all times. It’s crazy, confusing and dumb, you know.”
“I know,” I respond and match her sigh. “We could start again, as friends if that’s what you prefer. As you previously established, we aren’t going to be out of each other’s lives any time soon—if ever.”
“Then there’s that, your family is mine too.” She looks around the room. “Friends, I guess, Dan, I like the sound of it better than being nothing.”
I nod and check my surroundings to verify that the silence that usually follows her is not taking over, because it’s infuriating to be with it and Becca inside the same room.
“But be aware,” I tell her as I reach the door handle so we head back to the VIP room, “that’ won’t last long. To be blunt, I want more, including getting in your panties, Rebecca. Not long ago I discovered that you and I are vined together, branded and there’s no way in hell I’m spending the rest of my life feeling like I’m missing a part of myself. Don’t try to confuse me with your brother this time, because I don’t need more siblings.”
 



BOOK DETAILS:

BOOK 1
Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication date: July 31st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
Becca Trent lived her childhood next to a cruel woman—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple of years later, things ended up in tragedy.

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, but that only work during the days when the nightmares didn’t come back to haunt her. Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now, she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.

Note: This is the first part of a two book novel.

BOOK 2
Next To You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
(Life #2)
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
Him
…I need time. Time to heal those wings and learn to use them…
Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancĂ©e and best friend left when she ran away. The person he trusted the most for the past decade disappeared without giving him a second glance. She taught him how to love, believe in family and that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Now he’s struggling between wiping any traces of her from his life and drowning his sorrows away with the help of his new best friends—Don Julio and Jack Daniels.
Her
Rebecca’s past suffocated her to the point of not wanting to continue, her lifeline and the only reason to live began to withdraw from her. She wished it had been her imagination, but heard it loud and clear: “If not, there’s always a divorce, nothing is forever.” This time it became a leave or die situation. Something has got to change—she had to change. Packing light and leaving a letter behind, she takes a journey that can help her find herself through the shards of her painful childhood.
As letters, memories and stories are exchanged, two once inseparable people reconcile what’s left of their relationship. Beyond the confines of everything they built together, they’re left with two lonely people searching for what it means to be whole. Will they find meaning under their bruised psyches or will their pasts get the better of them?


AUTHOR BIO
Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

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Giveaway:


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Open INTL - Ends Sept 2nd
$100 USD Amazon or paypal GC
1x signed copy of both life series books
2x ecopy of both life series books
 
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