Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout @JLArmentrout

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!

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Title: Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication Date: December 8, 2014

Blurb:
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. 

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ARC Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas @bloomsburykids

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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Publication Date: September 2, 2014


Brooke's Review:
I want to thank Bloomsbury for sending me an advanced copy of this book to read and give an honest review. You cannot imagine the amount of squealing that went on when it arrived in the mail. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

***SPOILER ALERT*** If you have not read any of the books in this series, then this review will surely contain spoilers from the prequel novellas and the first two books. So I suggest you close this out and pick up <i>The Assassin's Blade</i> so you can find out what the awesomeness of these books is all about!

There is no way to keep this review short, or to do this book the justice it deserves. I don't even know where to start or how to do it without spoilers! But I will try my hardest to do it!

First I must talk about the awesome cover of this book. I have loved them all but this one is truly my favorite, Not sure if it's because of the color, or just the fact that Celaena looks so bad ass on it. And it shows her fae side, which I absolutely love because while we know she has been trouncing around as a human for so many years, her fae side becomes far more important than we would have ever realized.

I think my most favorite part of this book is that you get so many different points of view. I usually am not a fan of third person but it is the only way this book could make sense. And it is the only way Maas could have given us all the different elements we need to see as the plot of the book comes together. I love that she introduced new characters, once again. Characters that make us think and wonder what purpose they serve.

So we are once again thrown into Celaena's world as she tries her hardest to navigate Wendlyn and figure out how she will do the King's dirty work without getting her hands dirty. In <i>Crown of Midnight</i> we see that Celaena has no intention of getting her hands dirty at the request of the King, so it's not a surprise when we see that she has been hanging out in Wendlyn and has yet to do anything about the job she's been tasked with. But she has other plans, plans that Chaol must have known she'd come up with when he suggested to the king she be sent to take care of the royalty of Wendlyn. Calaena is focused on finding out more about her fae heritage and about how that part of her can help stop the Kind's atrocities. She remains strong and confident in how she pursues this, as she did in the other books. But she still has this self-loathing that underlies everything she does. This makes her put herself at risk more often than not, because she continues to feel she is not worthy of living this life, or any other life. My heart breaks for her and the way her thoughts run through her head.

I will say that I absolutely, positively love Rowan. He's crass and brash, cold and brutal and many times cruel. He's also and closed off and he's the perfect ying for Celaena's yang! It's like they are two halves of a whole. They compliment each other very well. There's banter between them that I thought would surely lead them to kill each other. But there's also this underlying connection that you know will ultimately bring them together. They fit like a lock and key. I won't give more information than that, because I don't want to spoil their relationship, but let's just say there is no disappointment in how they interact.

Manon is an interesting twist to this story. Mass brings us more into the witch's realm in this book. We got a bit of it in <i>Crown of Midnight</i> with the Yellowlegs and her interaction with Dorian and Celaena. But in this book, we see that the witch's are gathering, under the guidance of the King's men, and that they will play a huge part in his war that he has been waging. It's not completely clear how he will use them, though they train for battle in this book, so obviously he has some kind of conquering in the works, but their ultimate goal as warriors is still a bit of a mystery at the end of the book. These characters never directly interact or cross paths with the other characters in the book, but I can see how they will be essential to the plot of the future story in this series.

We also meet Aedion, the King's general who has no qualms about doing the king's dirty work. But Aedion is not all he seems. He plays a huge part in Celaena's plans and life, so much more than we would expect. I won't give away more than that because I love how Maas weaves plot twists in so we can see how the characters are linked.

And we are introduced to other fae and demi-fae (Emrys, Malaki, Luca, Gavriel) throughout the book. Characters who show Celaena she is so much more than she believes she is. They make her question herself and why she is so important to her people. The are essential to her development as a leader in the Fae world, as their queen. Although Celaena is reluctant to really accept this role, the fae and demi-fae ahead lots of light on her need to accept who she truly is.

Of course we still see Dorian and Chaol in this book, which made me really happy. I still cry over Celaena's loss of Sam and I really need to see her find some kind of love, through friendship or romance. I know eventually she will learn that she is worthy of it, but I also know that it can't happen until the world is set straight. And for the record, I team Chaol. I was from the moment I met him in <i>Throne of Glass</i> and I will be until the end.

Mass has several story lines going at once. I thought it would be hard to keep them straight, but it's not. They are all intricately woven and each means so much to the story. The world building is incredible. Each time we are introduced to a different area of this world it gets more and more intricate. And Maas keeps you on the edge of your seat with it all. I have to say that I get antsy when I read a Maas book, but not because I feel the need to put the book down, more because I just can't read fast enough to find out what happens. My nerves gets jittery and I literally hand on the edge of my seat. Maas has a way of infusing a certain energy into her books that makes them epic. And I love how Maas reintroduces us to things, so if you've read her other books a long time ago you are not lost. She reminds us of things that have happened without boring the reader who has already read those books.

One thing I usually love about YA stories is you get some romance. But honestly, you don't really get that in this book. There is the underlying leftovers from the previous books, and most of it made me sad, to be honest. But the book doesn't need it. It's got so much other stuff going for it, that not having a ton of romance really gave the book a life of it's own. It didn't rely on the heroine pining over someone. It relied on that fact that she's strong and has other things to worry about.

My only complaint about this book, one that I'm surprised was not addressed, was the fact that the Kind does not even check up on Celaena. She's sent off to murder the Wendlyn royalty and he has threatened to kill Chaol and other's she loves if she does not return, yet she is gone a long time without any word and he never necks on her. I kind of wish this would have been addressed.

Overall this book is absolutely fabulous. I thought it would take me forever to read, with how long it is, but I finished it in only three days! And the ending! OH GOSH I need the next book yesterday. I have no idea how I will wait. But the one thing I must say, it's not a cliffhanger that makes you annoyed and wanting to kill the author. She does wrap the story up in a nice enough package that you can wait a bit for the next installment (that is if you are crazy enough to want to). Maas has created a world that is on par with Game of Thrones, if not better. It's intricate and energized, fun and terrifying, all at once. Pick it up, you won't be sorry!


Sarah J. Maas photo 3433047_zps1b64e373.jpgSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well. 

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Release Day Blast: In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker @kathleenatucker @InkSlingerPR

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We are stoked to bring you all the Release Day Launch for K.A. Tucker's IN HER WAKE! IN HER WAKE is a new adult contemporary romance and a prequel novella in the Ten Tiny Breaths Series, published by Atria Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster).

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EXCERPT: That’s how I spot her. There’s no doubt that it’s her; I’ve memorized her face. Leaning against a wall on the opposite side, her lips wrapped around a clear bottle filled with clear liquor, her fiery red hair a wild mane against the stark white wall, a tight black T-shirt showing off toned arms. She’s in no rush to part with that bottle, guzzling back a good portion before she hands it off to someone, wiping her mouth with the back of her hand. Her eyes at half-mast. She’s wasted. My heart starts racing. What the hell is Kacey Cleary doing here? By my calculation, she’s probably finishing her last year of high school, having lost at least half a year while recovering. I tug my cap down even farther, though I doubt she can see two feet in front of her.
  1. What if she does recognize me? How would she react? Does she know my real name? What I look like? I can’t say for sure that my face wasn’t printed in a newspaper somewhere. She could have Googled my name and found a dozen game shots with me in them. I have my helmet on in most of them, but you can find a profile picture of me easily enough if you’re looking.
I don’t know that she was, though. I wonder if Kacey Cleary gives a fuck about anything anymore. Her Facebook account is inactive. She hasn’t posted a single word and the well-wishes have dwindled, as everyone moves on. I do know that she shouldn’t be at a party in this state. I’ve heard of bad things happening when girls get that drunk. Especially when they don’t care. But what do I do? A blonde stumbles into my chest with two beers in hand. “Hey, do you go here? What’s your name?” She’s tipping her head back way farther than necessary to look up at me, telling me she’s trying to flirt but is too drunk to do it right. I smile down at her anyway. She’s a good cover. I can stand right here and watch Kacey. “I’m Trent, and I used to go here.” “Really? When’d you graduate?” From the corner of my eye, I see Kacey shift from the wall and begin climbing the stairs, her arm hooked around the railing to help her. Two guys following her.

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About IN HER WAKE: Cole Reynolds had it all. And then one night he makes a bad choice... and loses everything. When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he'd be able to lean on his best friends. The best friends that have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they're gone. Worse, there's the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys. Everyone assures him that they know it wasn't intentional and yet he can't ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. The all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won't so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip of what once was important-college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It's not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness. And there's only one person who can give that to him...
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Author PhotoABOUT K.A. TUCKER: Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.    

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog Tour: I Want it That Way by Anne Aguirre @MsAnnAguirre @InkSlingerPR @MsAnnAguirre @InkSlingerPR

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Welcome to The Cover Contessa's stop on the I Want It That Way blog tour!


I Want It That Way photo IWantItThatWay_zpsc73dae68.jpgNadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

"A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned."
—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You


Excerpt:
I had been skipping out on sleep, trying to make it up in caffeine, and I was about to hit my tipping point. I felt so shitty, I didn’t even care about the weekend with Ty. By the time Friday arrived, I’d be in no shape to enjoy it. I washed that bitter thought down with some coffee and granola, then I headed to work.
Thursday. Thursday sucks.
When I pulled into the Rainbow Academy parking lot, I was in no mood to deal with children. This foul mood seemed etched in stone until Ty came out of the building. He usually dropped Sam off earlier; must be running late. My first instinct was to let him go, but as if he sensed me watching him, like that first night on his balcony, he spun until he found me looking.
“Nadia.” I swore I heard him say my name from all the way over here, his expression brightening like I was all the good things in the world. Then he was jogging toward me.
I’d rarely seen him all put together for work. Usually, I saw the aftermath of a long day, wrinkled pants, ink-stained tie. But this Ty was crisp and gorgeous: navy trousers and jacket, white shirt, red-and-blue-striped tie. More conservative than I’d have pictured, but he looked amazingly sharp for a guy who had wrangled a four-year-old before work.
By comparison, I felt like a crumpled dollar bill.
“Best morning ever,” he said.
Before I could ask what he meant, he pushed me up against the car and kissed me. In the side lot, it was doubtful anyone could see us, certainly not Sam, and I wanted this too much to push him away. His mouth was magical, chock full of endorphins and sweetness. He was syrup and pancakes for the soul.
“Wow,” I said, breathless.
“Yep.” Such a lazy, delicious smile. Why had I never noticed how devilish he could be? “I might start leaving ten minutes later, if this is the payoff. Hate to kiss and run. I just needed a top-up to last until tomorrow night.”
When I realized I was that close to finishing midterms, I nearly burst into tears. “What time should I be there?”
Ty was already rushing toward his car, long legs putting distance between us. I’d never seen him run before, and I was transfixed by the sheer, animal grace of him. He called over his shoulder, “Should be home by nine. I’ll text as soon as I pull up.”
Like I won’t be watching.

Anne Aquirre photo AnnAguirre_zps58dd39fb.jpgAnn Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

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Blog Tour Schedule:
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August 27
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The Reading Date-Review Only
Novelgrounds-Review Only
Emilie’s Book World-Review Only
Tarheel Bibliobabe-Review Only
Obsessed by Books-Review Only
Falling in Fall Book Blog-Review Only
Booklovers For Life-Excerpt
Step Into Fiction-Character Interview (Ty)
August 29
Addicted to Heroines-Review Only
Shayna Varadeaux-Review Only
Smokin’ Hot Book Blog-Review Only
Love Us Some Books-Review Only
Red Cheeks Reads-Excerpt
Deal Sharing Aunt-Author Interview
Katie’s Book Blog-Review Only
August 30
No BS Book Reviews-Excerpt & Review
Hopeless Book Lovers-Review Only
Bookish Things & More-Review Only
Once Upon A Twilight-Excerpt
Maf’s Crazy Book Life-Review Only
Book Briefs-Review Only
Ramblings From This Chick-Guest Post (Top 10 About Ty)
Fire and Ice Book Reviews-Excerpt
August 31
The Cover Contessa-Excerpt
Mundie Moms Guilty Pleasures-Review Only
Erotica Book Nymphos-Review Only
Crawling Over the Pages-Review Only
Kats Read-Review Only
Reading Bliss-Review Only
Dirty Girl Romance-Excerpt
Reading Between the Wines-Guest Post (Top 10 about Nadia)
September 1
Inked in Chapters-Review Only
Behind Closed Covers-Review Only
Bibliolatry Me-Review Only
Krista’s Dust Jacket-Review Only
New Adult Addiction-Review Only
Book Bumblings Blog-Review Only
A Book and a Latte-Author Interview
September 2
September 3
September 4
Gabic Reads-Review Only
Bestsellers & Beststellars-Review Only
Mrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It-Review Only
Literati Literature Lovers-Review Only
Bittersweet Book Love-Review Only
INDIEpendent Book Babes-Review Only
Born to Read-Excerpt
Book Lovin Mamas-Character Interview (Ty & Nadia together)
September 5
Smart & Savvy with Stephanie-Review Only
Book Drunk Blog-Review Only
Imagine A World-Review Only
For the Love of Books by Jaime-Review Only
Little Whimsy Books-Review Only
LeAnn’s Book Reviews-Review Only
Stuck in Books-Review Only
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Release Day Blast: Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd @MeganCurd @InkSlingerPR

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Megan Curd's IRON PENDULUM! IRON PENDULUM is Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy and the second book in Megan's The Periodic Series!!

 

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IRON PENDULUM Synopsis: A month ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over. But a month can change everything. After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn't even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she's uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do. Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying. And they’re blaming Avery. A month can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.

Author photoAbout Megan Curd: Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself. Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.    

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Release Day Blast: Guardian by Courtney Cole @Court_Writes @InkSlingerPR

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We are absolutely over the moon excited about the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole's GUARDIAN!!! GUARDIAN is a YA Paranormal Romance, and a book close to Courtney’s heart. Not only is this fabulous book back in a big way, it's Courtney's birthday! To celebrate all of the awesome she is making a few select titles only .99 TODAY ONLY! Grab them all and thank us later.

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GUARDIAN Synopsis: Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real. My name is Whitney Lane. I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy. I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there. Until one day, there was. Our world isn’t what we think. There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things. Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are. They’re very real, and they’re terrifying. I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true. There’s only one thing I know for sure. Nothing is what it seems.

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Sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real.
Happy birthday to me. I close my eyes and burrow into my pillow as I try to sleep, as I try to escape this life. It’s a life I never thought I’d have, a life I most certainly don’t want. I’m still feeling sorry for myself as the blackness of sleep finally overtakes me. I don’t know what time it is when I shoot straight upward like a rocket. Something had yanked me from the oblivion of sleep, something loud and shrill scraping my window. My room is completely dark and I glanceat my clock in confusion. 3:00 a.m. As my heart pounds hard against my ribcage, I quickly scan every corner of the room. In the last few hours, dark shadows had migrated onto my pink walls, but they’re familiar, nothing out of the ordinary, although in the night, they seem twisted and scary. I remain motionless as I allow the sleep-induced fog to clear from my brain. As I sit, I feel common sense and logic slowly returning. Of course nothing had touched my window because my bedroom is on the second floor. Nothing can reach it. And there are no trees near enough to brush against it. It was just a dream. It was only a dream. I chant it silently to myself like a mantra as I consciously slow my breathing down, hoping that my racing pulse will soon follow. It was only a dream. But just as I’m calming down, I hear it again. A high-pitched shrill shriek, reminiscent of fingernails on a chalkboard, scraping down my window. I gasp and pull my feet up to my chest, which is when I notice the temperature. I notice because I can see my breath. Timidly, I blow a puff out again, watching the way my breath turns white in the air. Holy crap. Oh my God. What the hell? The sound stops and stillness surrounds me once again, the silence so loud that it echoes in my ear. Nothing moves around me, the shadows are perfectly still as they twist across my wall. They look like mangled fingers and arms and legs, but they don’t move. My legs are weak and shaking, but I know I have to move. I have to move off my bed because it feels like something is under it. Something terrifying. With a leap, I bound across the room, my feet hitting the floor several feet away from the edge of my bed. The floor is ice cold, as though it had been covered in a blanket of snow. I’m trembling as I race to the far wall and check the thermostat. Because that’s the only explanation. I must’ve bumped it earlier, I must’ve turned the AC way down. But the luminous numbers stare at me in contradiction. 74 degrees. It must be broken. It has to be broken. My breath is coming in pants now, terrified, anxious pants. My fear isn’t logical. I know there’s nothing here. I’m the only one in this room. Or am I? The air seems to push at me from all around, something dark, something heavy, something real. Something unseen. My fingers shake, my legs tremble, and then all of a sudden, they can no longer support my weight. I go down like a pile of bricks, collapsing onto the floor. I lie still because I can’t move, because something seems to sit on my chest, holding me down. The shadows start to move, to slither across the walls, to reach and pull and dance. I struggle to focus, to see what it is. But all I can see are the numbers on the thermostat suddenly moving, rapidly counting down from 74 to 20. Twenty degrees? The air is frigid as I suck it in, as I try to pull the ice crystals into my mouth so I can breathe. All of a sudden, there’s a blackness in front of me. It hovers over me, a shapeless mass, sucking in the cells of the air, the atoms and the molecules. It’s darker than the blackness of my room, blacker than the blackest black. Something is here. With me. “Dad?” I whisper in a white puff. Because what else could it be? I reach out a finger to touch it, and then I can’t see anything else, because the darkness of it surrounds me, bleeding into everything else, even my vision. The shriek is back, screaming into my ears, bleeding into my brain. Then there’s nothing.
To celebrate the release of GUARDIAN and Courtney's birthday the following books are on sale for .99, today only!
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HeadshotABOUT COURTNEY COLE: Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people. Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.    
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday with Giveaway: Vision by Lisa Amowitz @lisa_amowitz @SpencerHillP

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!


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Title: Vision
Author: Lisa Amowitz
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014

BLURB:
The light is darker than you think… 

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer's next victim.





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The light is darker than you think.


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Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.
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