Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cover Reveal: "Conduit" (The Infinity Series #1) by C.C. Dowling


Welcome to the cover reveal of the new upcoming Halloween release by REUTS Publications! The cover is gorgeous and the story also fits the Halloween spirit!















SUMMARY

When college senior Jane Lamb dies suddenly, she discovers that the afterlife is less pearly gates and fluffy clouds and more standing in line at the DMV. But before she can spend eternity lamenting over her short, unremarkable life, she’s offered a do-over—as a Conduit, a reincarnated messenger contracted to reap souls.


Determined to do things right the second time, Jane takes the job and reincarnates as eighteen-year-old college freshman Liv Hartley. Only, the excitement for her new life doesn’t last. There are consequences to bearing the coveted infinity symbol tattoo marking her as a Conduit, and Liv quickly finds that getting a second chance doesn’t mean getting a better one. Possessive demons, stolen assignments, and a love life that’s decidedly complicated are all a far cry from the mundane existence Jane led. But with more questions piling up than bodies, there’s only one thing Liv knows for sure: life doesn’t get any easier after death.



Filled with sparkling wit, conflicted romance, and more spirit than a haunted mansion, Conduit is a fun-filled paranormal that explores the idea of regret, love, and what we would give to live twice.



ADDITIONAL INFO

Title: Conduit

Author: C.C. Dowling

Release DateOctober 31, 2017 (Halloween!!!)






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When she was a child, CC Dowling knew two things. That she would never have kids, and she would be a writer, which makes her right half the time. CC shared her passion for writing with music and science, and still does.
She spent the first half of college singing, and most of the second half in a lab. After twelve years spent chasing a four year degree, and enough college credits to ensure student loan debt well into her nineties, CC graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Biotechnology and went to work playing with stem cells and neuro pathways.
Now, CC lives in America’s finest city with her preschooler (who plays in the back yard with the faeries), her husband (the financial shaman), her aussie (with mesmerizing blue eyes), her very real pet dragon (who guards the perimeter of her house at night), and an unknown bundle of joy currently taking up residence behind her belly button. When she’s not working or writing (which is still technically working), CC can be found playing a round of disc golf with the boys and the dog, or desperately trying to figure out which pair of sandals are the most appropriate for the harsh Southern California winters.
Her debut novel, Conduit, is the first in a New Adult Paranormal Romance series.

Top Ten Tuesaday: Ten Books That Feature Characters who break the stereotypes of their World


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #120: I decided to show strong female characters who want more from their worlds. No matter the genre and the obstacle their overcome it and become stronger!


                                                  (Wonder Woman reference here!)


10: Eloise from "Off Book" by Jessica Dall: Eloise is a character who waits to be written! She doen't know in what kind of book she will end or if she will survive the Plot. So, when a serious threat arises, she will embark on a journey to save all the written characters!



9: Tessa Gray from the "Infernal Devices" by Cassandra Clare: Tessa grew up just like any girl in 19th century. But seeing how strong a femal can be in the Shadowhunter world, she slowly changes her view of the world.



8: Yelena from "Poison Study" by Maria V. Snyder: Although she is considered even lower than a slave, the poison taster, she learns how to defend herself and even discovers a plot against the Commander!



7: Ella from "Ella Enchanted" by Gail Carson Levine: A different Cinderella stroy where Ella is the rebel and wants to escape the norms of her curse! A delightful read, which I picked up after watching the movie!






6: Ismae from "Grave Mercy" by Robin LaFevers: I still need to read this series. The idea of female assassins in this time period is amazing!



5Agnieszka from "Uprooted" by Naomi Novik: I never understood why she was considered "plain" or "ugly". Agnieszka is strong, manages to surprise the Dragon and become a powerful enchantress.



4: Lucy Piper from "The Untold Tale" by J.M. Frey: Pip is a 21st century independent woman who is thrown into a fantasy world were women are supposed to either be "damsels in distress" or mothers. Of course she doesn't agree with this book's plot! :)



3: Audrey Rose from "Stalking Jack the Ripper" by Kerri Maniscalco: Aubrey wants to work as a forensic scientist, a job which is only exclusive to men. Yeah, try keeping this girl away from what she loves to do, even if it includes studying...corpses.   



2: Celaena Sardothien/Aelin from "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas: It's not only Celaena who is shown as an empowered person in this series. All the female characters in one way or another are strong, don't fear to love and want more from being just women.



1: Elisa from "The Girl of Fire and Throns" by Rae Carson: A sheltered princess who must survive assassination attempts and discover the history of her own people. Definitely one of the best YA out there!




Monday, September 25, 2017

SWAG Packs Giveaway WINNERS!

Congratulations to everyone who won! Unfortunately only six of the seven winners were chosen due to some of the entries not being completed. Here're the photos of the swag packs!

Winners! Email me on alexperc92(at)gmail(dot)com with your full mailing address and your choice!

SWAG WINNERS:

Maria Belen
Sandrine
Abby is seeing H
Sophie
Suzanne Cattanes
Ella Westrich

Of the winners above three of you have also won one of the three books featured below!

Abby is seeing H
Maria Belen
Sandrine









SWAG PACK 1


SWAG PACK 2


SWAG PACK 3


SWAG PACK 4


SWAG PACK 5


SWAG PACK 6


SWAG PACK 7


Thank you everyone for participating!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Release Day Blitz+ARC Review: "The Queen" (The Masterpiece Duet #2) by Skye Warren








Title: The Queen
Series: The Masterpiece Duet #2
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2017



Blurb

I have one chance at a new life. A college education. A future outside of Tanglewood's dark walls. For a breathless moment it seems like I might actually escape.

Then I get a phone call from home.

Damon Scott is my own personal dragon, the fight I've always lost, the secret hope of my heart. And he needs my help right now. Only my mind can solve the puzzle. Only my presence can keep him sane as the city fights against him.

Only my heart can unlock a man with such a tragic past.

This is my final gamble, with everything at stake. One last game to win a future for both of us.

And a love strong enough to break the city apart.

THE QUEEN is the final novel in the bestselling Masterpiece duet, about a game of lies and loyalty, of betrayal and power, and ascension to the city's throne.







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Excerpt

I flinch, glad he can’t see me across two thousand miles. Even working in the kitchens most nights only covers my food, my textbooks. Not the tuition bill. “You’re the one who wanted him to work for you. You’re the one who made him the stake in our last game.”

“And you’re the one who lost,” he says lightly.

“Do you know where he is?”

“Of course. Like you said, he works for me. I would be a careless employer if I let my men go wandering off, gambling and racking up debt and questioning their loyalty to me.”

A shiver runs through me. “Then where is he?”

“He’s a grown-up, Penny. Like you are now. He’s responsible for himself. You only need to worry about your studies. I’m sure Algebraic Topology is taking up plenty of your focus.”

It’s one of my courses this semester. How does he know that?

“Stop playing with me.”

“Why should I?” he says with a soft laugh. “It’s so much fun.”

Frustration stings my eyes, hot and damp. I look up at the wide-open sky, willing myself not to cry. There are a million stars visible here, most of the land owned by Smith College or one of the other campuses. So much land, so much pride. There aren’t buildings climbing on top of other buildings, as if they might sink into the concrete ground if they don’t. There aren’t glass towers reaching to an endless black sky.

“I’m never coming back,” I say abruptly.

His laugh falls silent. “I know.”

“I hate it there. I hate Tanglewood and being powerless. And most of all I hate you.”

The last part is a lie, because I don’t hate him. I’m drawn to him; I’m repelled by him. It’s far too complex a relationship, an equation I’ve never been able to write. It makes me wonder if I’m lying about the other parts—if maybe some twisted part of me misses home.

If some twisted part of me misses being powerless, too.

“Ah, Penny,” he says, sounding infinitely weary. “I hate you too.”

The words shock me, but the hurt inside shocks me more. He shouldn’t be able to wound me. Three years away from home, growing up, growing strong. It should have been enough armor to protect against anything he could say to me. But the arrow sinks deep, proving that I’ll never be able to escape him.

“What did I do to you?” I ask, quiet, in a voice like I’m six years old again. Like I’m speaking to the wild boy I found by the lake, one I lured into my trailer like a wolf.

He answers the same way, a surly teenage boy, fierce and vulnerable at once. “You made me care. You made me want, when I needed to leave. You made me feel, when I would have preferred to die. You brought me back to life.”

And I condemned him to torture. That’s what happened when he sacrificed himself so that I could stay safe. Two children with so few choices. “I’m sorry,” I whisper.

“Don’t worry. I got my revenge, after all.”

My blood runs cold, almost subzero at the words. There’s only one person left in my sad little family. One person he could hurt. “Did you hurt him?”

“By giving him a job when he couldn’t hold one down? By paying him enough that his daughter could escape the city, could go to a fancy college instead of becoming a corner-store whore? Yes, I’ve been horrible to him. A monster.”

“Then why isn’t he answering his phone?”

In the pause I can picture him in a three-piece suit, reclining in one of his ridiculously expensive leather chairs. Some amber liquid in a crystal-cut glass. “Don’t come back,” he says, his voice grim. “You made it out of here. Let that be enough.”

A soft click ends the connection, leaving me bereft.

And more worried than before.


Something is happening in Tanglewood, something bad enough for my father not to call, something horrible enough that even Damon Scott has warned me away. I look up at the infinite stars, but they’re dimmer than before. The whole world muted. It wasn’t a new life that I found so far from home. It was a long dream, and now I’m painfully awake.





REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I really enjoyed this book. While dark romance is not a genre I read easily, due to showing some unpleasant themes, this one gave a heavy weight to the emotional development of both Damon and Penny, as they both struggled with their feelings for each other and their past.

There is action, and cameos from the first series. Despite it's alost short length, the story feels complete and gives a satisfied ending to all the characters.




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 Author Bio

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat. 



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Cover Reveal+Giveaway: "Brave" (The Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer Armentrout


Welcome to the cover reveal of the final book of the Wicked Trilogy by Jennifer Armentrout! It's needless to say that these have been some of the most ethereal, beautiful under water covers I've seen!

So make sure to pre-order the new book and enter the giveaway below!





SYNOPSIS: 

Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars. It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself. Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…




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To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE! 

And best of all 
-- This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! 
- Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET 
- Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17 
- Open Internationally



BIO:


 # 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


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GIVEAWAY INFO 
• PRIZE: SURPRISE SIGNED PRIZE PACK (containing multiple signed books & swag) 
• OPEN INTERNATIONAL 
• ENDS 10/2/17



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Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List! (and it has so much more!)


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #119: This list will feature my fall TBR list and maybe I'll try to choose the best 10? :)


10: The Loneliest girl in the universe by Lauren James: A sci-fi thriller with mystery and romance! I loved Lauren's previous books and I'm sure I'll love this one too!




9: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: Give me blood! And romance and adventure! I love the first book of the series and I hope to see some more revamping of the classics here! (like the Wolfman of Jekyl anf Hyde!)




8: The Emperor of Evening stars by Laura Thalassa: Despite this book being a novella is also one of my anticipated books! The series, while carrying a vibe of ACOTAR in it is completely a NA with amazing world-building and romance!




7: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (almost) as awesome as me by Carrie DiRisio: I'm excited for this one too! I love the Twitter handle of Broody who always makes me laugh! This is also a nice slap to all the tropes we see in YA.




6: Devils and Thieves by Jennifer Rush: Motorcycle clubs meet magic! This is quite a unique combination and I'm curious too!




5: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater: I loved The Raven Boys series and I was quite excited to learn about this upcoming book too! The blurb is strange and exciting and the cover is beautiful too!




4: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: I really-really want this book! It has gorgerous art by Charlie Bowater (you know her for her fanart on ACOTAR AND the coloring book) and for a strange reason I keep expecting to meet Lucien here too!




3: Renegades by Marissa Meyer: Super-heroes and villains? Romance? Sign me in! I couldn't expect anything less by the author of the Lunar Chronicles!




2: Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore: Latina bi girls and a curse! Anna's wiritng and stories belong to my tiny list of the most poetic colorful writing I've ever read!




1: The Silenced Tale (The Accidental Turn #3) by J.M. Frey: Although there is no cover yet, this is one of my most anticiapted books! The second book ended with quite a blast and I can't help but wonder what will happen to my favorite heroes!







Honorable mentions to some books of my 2018 list!