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In Bookish News: THE RAVEN CYCLE Tarot Tour Starts Today

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I am super excited to share the schedule for THE RAVEN CYCLE TAROT TOUR which starts today. My stop on the tour won’t be until its last day (November 22nd) but I will be following along to check out all the stops because this tour is going to be awesome.

I’ve included links to all the participating blogs beneath the schedule graphic. So if you’d like to check out each of the stops just click the blog link on the stop date.

The tour also has its very own Pinterest Board. You can follow it HERE.

And if you’d like to follow along on Twitter, be sure to follow the #BlueLily and #TarotTour hashtags.

And if you’d like to know more about The Raven Cycle series and about its author, Maggie Stiefvater, there is some information about each of the three books out now and the author at the bottom of this post.


The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour

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The Schedule


About THE RAVEN BOYS

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Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Release date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

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About The Dream Thieves

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Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Release date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

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About Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Release date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

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About Maggie Stiefvater

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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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ETERNAL Blog Tour Reviews: ETERNAL and UNBREAKABLE + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be a stop on the ETERNAL Blog Tour and to share my thoughts about C.C. Hunter’s UNBREAKABLE and ETERNAL. I love the author’s Shadow Falls series and I think I love her Shadow Falls: After Dark series even more. Della is awesome – grumpy, sarcastic, kick-a** and maybe just a tiny bit standoffish. And with each new story from her POV I can’t help but adore her more and become more invested in what will happen with her and her family, Steve, Chase, the FRU.

UNBREAKABLE is a novella all about Chase, which released in September. ETERNAL is the second book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy, which released this week. And with the third book coming out in July 2015 there is plenty of time to get caught up on this fantastic series.

My stop on the tour includes a giveaway for a paperback copy of this awesome book. So if you’d like the chance to win one for your bookshelf, enter in the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.

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About Eternal

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Title & Series: ETERNAL (Shadow Falls: After Dark #2)
Author: C.C. Hunter
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

All her life, Della’s secret powers have made her feel separated from her human family. Now, she’s where she belongs, at Shadow Falls. With the help of her best friends Kylie and Miranda, she’ll try to prove herself in the paranormal world as an investigator—all the while trying to figure out her own heart. Should she chose Chase, a powerful vampire with whom she shares a special bond? Or Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees? When a person with dark connection to her past shows up, it’ll help her decide which guy to choose–and make her question everything she knows about herself.

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Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

A mystery or a few, a ghost who demands to be heard, a super sexy but not entirely trustworthy vampire who works for the opposition, an overprotective but lovable camp leader, a fierce and determined but guarded heroine, plenty of secrets, missions and battles, and a killer cliffhanger ending are just a fraction of what makes ETERNAL a thrilling and absolutely riveting installment in C.C. Hunter’s incredibly addictive Shadow Falls: After Dark series.

With family secrets still to be uncovered, doubts about a future with her boyfriend, and questions about her new abilities and what that all means, things have not gotten any easier for Della Tsang. And when she discovers that she and Chase Tallman have a connection to the Fallen Research Unit’s latest case and that they’ll have to work together to solve it, it’s almost more than she can handle.

But with a persistent ghost making sure she doesn’t give up, she’ll have to set aside her reservations about working with him. Especially if her involvement could mean the difference between life and death for the two missing vampires she’s been tasked to find.

C.C. Hunter delivers a second book in a spin-off series that has all the appeal of its predecessors – fabulous writing, delightful characters, an exciting and suspenseful mystery, romance, heartbreak and an ending that will leave readers desperate for the next installment. Some questions from this and the first book in the series are answered while others remain unanswered in anticipation of the trilogy’s conclusion. But enough is revealed to satisfy and to tease for what’s ahead.

Fast-paced and action-packed, with a ticking clock to keep the pages turning and a multi-layered mystery that will keep both readers and characters guessing, ETERNAL is a nail-biting and utterly electrifying read. Add in tension between the main character and each of the two boys vying for a piece of her heart, surprise revelations that invite more questions than provide answers, and passages that are laugh out loud funny, and you have a sequel is unputdownable.

ETERNAL is a must for fans of the world of Shadow Falls and readers who enjoy a well-written mystery that is interspersed with humor, a touch of mayhem, and a dash of romance.

The Rating

05

Teasing a Favorite Passage

The word “no” danced on Della’s tongue, but stopping Miranda from hugging was like stopping a male dog from peeing on a fire hydrant. Impossible.


About Unbreakable

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Title & Series: UNBREAKABLE (Shadow Falls: After Dark #0.5)
Author: C.C. Hunter
Release date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 55
Formats: Audio, eBook

Description…

He isn’t everything he says he is. He’s even more…

Who is Chase Tallman, the newest member of Shadow Falls? What made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang?

Step back in time and unearth the secrets that haunt him. The secret of how he became a vampire—and how he knows so much about being reborn. Secrets about his first love, his family–and what steers him toward Della, the beautiful, complicated girl he just can’t seem to stay away from. The one who makes him want things he thought he’d given up on long ago.

It all began with a research study, a palm reader, and a plane crash that sent him on a quest…for a love that’s unbreakable.

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Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

UNBREAKABLE is an enchanting, sweet and heartbreaking short novella told from Chase Tallman’s point of view that takes readers through the day when he became a vampire and gives them a peek ahead at the first week of his new life. While it can be read prior to the first book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series or after the second book, it’s best read after having gotten to know him in REBORN but before the events in ETERNAL.

In this brief tale, readers will get to meet a young, fourteen-year-old Chase, his family and his first love. They’ll get to learn what happened in the hours prior to the plane crash that changed his life forever. And they’ll discover just what impossible choice he had to make.

The story alternates between the day of the accident and the day after, with the look ahead in the novella’s final chapter. It’s a quick but captivating read that allows readers to get to know the very secretive Chase just a little bit better and perhaps understand why he’s so drawn to Della.

While this story is not required to understand and enjoy the novels, UNBREAKABLE is an engaging and heart-rending tale about one of the series’ most swoon-worthy characters that is definitely worth reading.

The Rating

04


About C.C. Hunter

CC_HunterC.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central.  www.christie-craig.com

C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply.  cc@cchunterbooks.com

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Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: REBORN (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)
Author: C.C. Hunter
Release date: May 20, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.

For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.

When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?

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My Review


UNSPOKEN (Shadow Falls: After Dark #3) – coming July 14, 2015


The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin, I have a paperback copy of ETERNAL to give away for my tour stop today which I’ll be sending out to the winner.

***Giveaway is US ONLY***

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Morganville: The Series: Episodes 1-4 & Exclusive Behind the Scene Photos

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Author Rachel Caine’s THE MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES SERIES has been adapted into a web series. And I’m super excited to be able to share the trailer as well as the first four episodes here on the blog today along with four exclusive behind-the-scenes photos.

The fifth episode will be out tomorrow, so be sure to check out Geek and Sundry’s YouTube Channel to watch.

If you haven’t yet visited Morganville, Texas or met any of its residents, I’ve included information on each of the books as well as links to them on Goodreads a bit further down in this post so that you can. And if you haven’t heard about this web series, the press release follows immediately below.

The episodes are a lot of fun. So if you have a few minutes or a bit more time than that, be sure to check one or all of them out.


The Press Release

Morganville: The Series Revitalizes Vampire Genre Just in Time for Halloween

Rachel Caine’s Snarky Vampires Perfect for Geek & Sundry’s October Line-up

Geek & Sundry: Rachel Caine is adapting her Morganville Vampires books – fifteen (15) total – for a hilarious fright fest of a web series. Each episode of the first season is expected to be 8-12 minutes long, bringing the entire season to about an hour and is freely adapted by Rachel from the first novel – Glass Houses. The first season will begin airing on Geek & Sundry October 27th with a prime schedule planned out… the hope is that the first season finale lands on Halloween day.

Thanks to a passionate fanbase who fully supported the Kickstarter project (and whose funds were then matched by Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry), Morganville Vampires: Book Series became Morganville: The Series and utilized one of the fastest, most innovative platforms for upcoming shows. Through the expansive reach of Youtube, Rachel’s fans can enjoy the show without the long wait that comes through traditional television and also, reach a worldwide audience faster. All around it made the most sense for a book series of this size and caliber.

Even though web series are seen as non-traditional formats, the casting process and scouting for film locations remains normal. Auditions were held in Dallas, LA, Austin, New Orleans and some digital (to give fans of the books a chance at the spotlight too). Rachel wrote all the character monologues for the auditions. The entire show ended up being filmed on location in Dallas, Texas in four separate venues, including a coffee shop, a turn-of-last-century Victorian home, a hospital, and a university. Nearly every episode ends with Rachel’s infamous cliffhanger endings!

Switching from book to film writing was easier than Rachel expected. The very first thing she did, ended up setting the stage for the adaptation process and made it easier for her to focus on the story she wished to tell. Rachel says, “The first thing I tried to do, since I wrote the book in 2006, was to write down everything I remembered from it without re-reading it. That was fascinating, because what I wrote down was really the core story, and that turned out to be what needed to be told in the show. So while I did go back to the book, I did it for the purposes of review, not inspiration.”

Fans might be wondering how a 10-day- shoot in April 2014 could possibly yield a story they recognize, Rachel is confident the series delivers and explains, “For practical purposes, you can only have so many characters in a show with this running time, so some characters from the novel, while really interesting, ended up not being central to the plot (like Miranda). However, I did think it was important to introduce Myrnin, who is a fan favorite character, into the mix early, so he makes a short appearance this season.”


Morganville: The Series

The show stars fan favorites Robert Picardo as Oliver (Star Trek: Voyager) and Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Amelie, as well as Lindsay Seidel (Claire), Jordan Taylor Farris (Shane), Haileigh Todd (Eve), Ben Easter (Michael), Nikki Donley (Hannah), Afomia Hailemeskel (Monica), Jessi Mechler (Gina), Taylor Murphy (Jennifer), Gregory Connors (Brandon) and Chase Ryan Jeffery (Myrnin).

It is directed by Blake Calhoun, known for his award-winning and groundbreaking digital series Pink and Continuum, the show was filmed on location in Texas on a Blackmagic camera.

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The Behind-the-Scenes Photos

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The Trailer


Episode One – Glass House


Episode Two – Bite Me


Episode Three – Sucks To Be You


Episode Four – High On Life


Stay tuned for Episode Five, the Season One finale, this Friday…

UPDATE: Here it is….

Episode Five – Burn


About Rachel Caine

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Rachel Caine –  is a fictional character herself … a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and award-winning novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regularly featured in anthology collections, most recently the Charlaine Harris edited Dead But Not Forgotten.

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Morganville Vampires: The Books

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GLASS HOUSES (The Morganville Vampires #1)

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?

THE DEAD GIRLS’ DANCE (The Morganville Vampires #2)

Claire Danvers has her share of challenges—like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.

Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls’ Dance and—surprise!—Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out—and everybody’s hungry for blood.

MIDNIGHT ALLEY (The Morganville Vampires #3)

When Claire Danvers learned that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving freshman would do: She applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer is no longer an option, but that garlic may come in handy.

FEAST OF FOOLS (The Morganville Vampires #4)

In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though, especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville.

LORD OF MISRULE (The Morganville Vampires #5)

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat.

Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.

CARPE CORPUS (The Morganville Vampires #6)

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He’s kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

FADE OUT (The Morganville Vampires #7)

Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve’s castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger—and way more dangerous—than anyone suspected.

KISS OF DEATH (The Morganville Vampires #8)

Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he’s been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael’s all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell…

GHOST TOWN (The Morganville Vampires #9)

While developing a new system to maintain Morganville’s defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she’s able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders.

But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town’s little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville…

BITE CLUB (The Morganville Vampires #10)

After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There’s a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare—knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other—or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire—accompanied by her friends and frenemies—to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville…

LAST BREATH (The Morganville Vampires #11)

With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville’s latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn’t merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

BLACK DAWN (The Morganville Vampires #12)

With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger—it’s dying…

Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

BITTER BLOOD (The Morganville Vampires #13)

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

FALL OF NIGHT (The Morganville Vampires #14)

Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble…

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make…

DAYLIGHTERS (The Morganville Vampires #15)

While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end.

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Blog Tour Review: BEAUTIFUL GIRL

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Title: BEAUTIFUL GIRL
Author: Lida James
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: The Studio/Paper Lantern Lit
Pages: 251
Formats: eBook

Description…

I’ve always wanted to be beautiful, but the irony is that you can’t force it—real beauty is when you don’t have to try, it’s just there. You wake up to it, like freshly fallen snow outside your window, and it’s yours to bask in. Real beauty is for people like my roommate, Kate, who float through life.

I don’t float—I run.

Sophomore year at Dutchess College has just begun, and Nicole is still haunted by memories of her first love, Zach. As the changing leaves fall on the stately Hudson Valley campus, she takes solace in running—pushing herself to go harder, faster, to be the best. With the wind blowing through her hair, she can almost convince herself that she is beautiful, that she will find love again.

So when Nico runs, quite literally, into the maddeningly elusive Justin, she’s convinced she’s found the guy to make her forget her ex—despite the warnings of her friends and her straight-edged running partner, Luke.

But when Nico is attacked in the woods after a wild night of partying, everything changes. Suddenly, Nico begins receiving anonymous threats, and she no longer knows where to turn for help—or whether even her close friends can be trusted.

All she wants is to be one of the beautiful girls—the ones who never have to chase perfection. But in order to uncover the truth, she’ll have to face a past she had hoped to leave behind forever. She thought she could outrun the darkness, but darkness has a way of catching up…and only one boy can save her.

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Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

BEAUTIFUL GIRL is a dark and intriguing story with gorgeous writing, an array of disturbing, maddening, sympathetic, likable and detestable characters facing a number of tough issues, and a chilling and suspenseful mystery. It’s the story of a girl who is battling the demons from her past, who is trying to find a way to move on from an unhealthy relationship that left her heartbroken, who is trying to be there for her friends who need her help, and who is trying to learn to be strong, to be happy, to like herself.

The weight of the story is immediately apparent, as the author paints a haunting and melancholy picture with the prologue. And as the story progresses things becomes even more serious, even darker and more disturbing. Glimpses of Nicole’s life as a ballerina, of her parents, of her ex-boyfriend Zach, and of the way things used to be with her roommates versus the way they are, reveal a past and present filled with pain and anguish and someone who is desperate to fight to survive it all.

Told using first person narrative, readers will be able to more easily connect with Nicole, who is insecure, at times self-absorbed, sympathetic but not always likable. They’ll know only what she knows, when she knows it, adding to the apprehension and building tension. They’ll be able to know just how she feels about her friends and how she perceives them, making them more relatable than they would otherwise be.

Author Lida James took a risk by tackling so many difficult issues in her story – among them assault, stalking, eating disorders, mental illness – introducing a character who is incredibly flawed, and whose friends can hardly be called that. But in doing so she created a story that is distinctive, that allows readers to make an emotional connection – positive or negative – to the story and its characters, and that challenges readers to enjoy a story that might be out of their comfort zone.

BEAUTIFUL GIRL is a sad, scary, twisted, disturbing, hopeful, moving, provocative, engaging, interesting and thought-provoking story and a throughly entertaining read.

The Rating

04


About Lida James

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Lida James grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated cum laude from Vassar College with a BFA in English (and a lot of film credits, too). After working as a cameraperson on feature films in NYC she relocated to Los Angeles in search of mountains and waves. Once there, she wrote and sold screenplays (and snowboarded and windsurfed). She continues to enjoy living in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children—all shredders like herself—and two rescue dogs. Beautiful Girl is her first novel.

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THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along: Week Four – Chapters 28-36 + Giveaway

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It’s the final week of THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along and I’m so glad I had the chance to participate along with Me, My Shelf and I, Fictitious Delicious, Novel Novice and Good Choice Reading. Even though I was tempted every single week to read ahead and find out what was going to happen.

If this is the first you’re hearing about this four-week read-along, feel free to check out each of my previous weeks’ posts to find out what I thought about the book:

And if you’d like to know what the other participants thought (and for additional chances to win an awesome giveaway prize) be sure to visit each of the blogs linked above.

To be a part of the discussion or spread the news about the read-along and giveaway, be sure to use the hashtag #PerfectRead.

Next week, on the morning of November 6th, there will be a Twitter Chat with Author Sara Shepard where she’ll be chatting with all the hosts and YOU! Follow the #PerfectRead hashtag to participate. The time is still TBD, but once I have the details I’ll include them on my sidebar.

These final chapters were awesome and I cannot wait to get the next book – THE GOOD GIRLS – which releases in June 2015. Because with the way things left off I am dying to find out the truth.

And if you’d like to know a little bit more about what I thought of this book’s final chapters, just scroll down below the bookish details for a somewhat non-spoiler-y recap.

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About The Perfectionists

ThePerfectionists_HRTitle: THE PERFECTIONINSTS (The Perfectionists #1)
Author: Sara Shepard
Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

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About Sara Shepard

Sara-Shepard-BioFor as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

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The Read-Along

My Thoughts on Chapters 28-36

I knew that I would be devouring this week’s chapters immediately after last week’s post went live. I couldn’t wait to see how everything ended, even though I knew that much was going to be left open for the next book. And I wasn’t wrong.

These final nine chapters were about as short as those last week, but were packed full of all kinds of shocks and surprises. And that ending has left me questioning everything I thought I knew.

A dirty secret is revealed about one of the girls by someone hell-bent on her destruction. The police take their investigation to a whole new level based on “evidence” they have against another girl. One of the girls makes a decision about her relationship that seriously complicates things and could affect her future. One discovers that getting rid of her nemesis won’t be as easy as she thought it would be. And one finds out that the person she thought she could trust is instead someone she should fear.

As the risk of being discovered for their part in Nolan’s death grows, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands and search for the evidence they need against their suspect. But their attempt to find proof doesn’t end in the way they hoped it would, leaving them in even more trouble than before.

The story ends with even more questions than at the start, with even more suspects, even more enemies, even more complications than there were when Nolan Hotchkiss was alive. And it leaves things open for an equally exciting, must read sequel. A sequel that I will definitely be reading in one sitting versus over the course of four weeks.

Thanks for stopping by to check out what I thought about THE PERFECTIONISTS. If you’ve read it – or are planning to read it – I hope you love it as much as I do. And I hope the wait for the sequel won’t be as torturous as I know it will be for me.


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LEAVING AMARILLO Cover Reveal, Excerpt + Giveaway

I am totally stoked to be able to reveal the awesome and super sexy cover for Caisey Quinn’s LEAVING AMARILLO, the first book in her upcoming New Adult series, Neon Dreams, which releases on March 17, 2015 from William Morrow Paperbacks.

I loved the covers for the author’s Second Chance series so I couldn’t wait to see the cover art for her newest series. And it’s hot. I have MAJOR cover love for this one. So much so that I pre-ordered this book and LOVING DALLAS before I even read the excerpt.

What do you think?


The Cover

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Some promises are made to be broken…

Music is my everything.

After my parents died when I was a kid, moving into my grandparents’ ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo seemed like a nightmare. Until I stumbled upon my grandfather’s shed full of instruments. My soul lives between the strings of Oz, my secondhand fiddle, and it soars when I play.

In Houston, I’m a typical college student on my way to becoming a classically trained violinist headed straight for the orchestra pit. But on the road with my band, Leaving Amarillo, I’m free.

We have one shot to make it, and I have one shot to live the life I was meant to. Leaving Amarillo got into Austin Music Fest and everything is riding on this next week. This is our moment.

There’s only one problem. I have a secret…One that could destroy everyone I care about.

His name is Gavin Garrison and he’s our drummer. He’s also my brother’s best friend, the one who promised he’d never lay a hand on me. He’s the one person I can’t have, and yet he’s the only one I want.

One week.
One hotel room.
I don’t know if I can do this.
I just know that I have to.


About Leaving Amarillo

LAteaser1Series: Neon Dreams #1
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release date: March 17, 2015
Pages: 368
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description…

The first book in bestselling author Caisey Quinn’s vibrant, dramatic series about country band Leaving Amarillo’s rocky road to fame as each performer finds love and the realization of their dreams.

Dixie Lark hasn’t had an easy life. After her parents were killed in a car accident, her cushy childhood in the suburbs died right along with them. Sent to live in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother, she and her brother learned a love of music from their grandfather. The greats. Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Picking up her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for her emotions and allowing her broken heart to dream of a future she never knew existed.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother Dallas are chasing the same dream. Their band, Leaving Amarillo, is quickly becoming the hottest act in Texas. Unfortunately, Dixie’s feelings for their drummer, Gavin, the tattooed, tortured soul who’s been haunting her dreams since they were kids, are becoming hard to keep to herself. Watching groupies hang on him and make themselves available for one night stands is just too much for her. She knows he feels the connection between them and she wants Gavin to see her as more than just his best friend’s little sister. The problem is, her brother has forbidden Gavin from ever making a move on her and Gavin is holding steadfast to his promise not to. Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie sets a plan in place that changes everything – for her and the band’s future.

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The Excerpt

LAteaser2For a long time I knew he only saw me as Dallas’s little sister. I used to have frizzy hair and knobby knees and a chest as flat as both boys. But somewhere along the way, I changed. I’m having a hard time convincing myself that he really sees me for who I am now. Maybe he still sees knobby knees, frizzy hair, and freckles on my shoulders.

His eyes narrow and he shakes his head. No. “Don’t. Don’t do that to me. I just told you. You know why.”

I frown involuntarily while swallowing the knot of emotion that’s rising steadily in my throat. “How could I possibly know? You treat me like we’re related most of the time. You put your hands on random waitresses right in front of me. You sleep with anything that moves. Except me. I tell you how I feel and you can’t get rid of me fast enough.”

Suddenly Gavin is a burning man, coming toward me with angry gleaming eyes. He steps into the room, forcing me back against the wall. The door slams heavily behind him, and he braces his arms on either side of my head. I’ve only seen him this worked up when playing his drums. My heart morphs into a hummingbird inside my ribcage. It’s trapped and wants to escape. Desperately.

His words come out with force that would shove me backward if there were anywhere for me to go. “As flattering as your honest opinion of me is, how about you just tell me what the hell you want from me so we can both get on with our lives. You want to hold hands and go steady, Bluebird? Because I gotta say, you’re not as smart as I thought you were if you’re looking for that from me.”

I jerk my chin upward, faking a confidence I don’t have but refusing to let him intimidate me. “Did you sleep with that waitress? I want to know.”

He snorts out a harsh humorless laugh. “No you don’t.”

“I do. Tell me the truth.” I look up into his eyes, praying the answer is no. Something about that specific waitress is really bothering me. Maybe because I saw their initial flirtation or maybe because of what she said to me in the ladies room. I don’t know. I’m well aware of the fact that he’s been with countless women, but somehow this one feels different. More personal. Because this time, he knew how I felt and if he slept with her anyways, then he actively chose her over me. “Please,” I add to my already pathetic plea.

He releases me from my forearm prison and throws both of his hands into his hair. I inhale a much-needed breath and relax just a little. Until he slams a palm against the wall. I flinch, only because it startled me, but I can see in his wounded expression that he believes he scared me. As if I could ever be afraid of him.

“No, okay? No I didn’t sleep with her. There, you happy now?”

“Well you’re obviously not. If you were going to be so upset about it, why didn’t you just go ahead and do her?”

“You gotta be fucking kidding me,” he says, raising his voice a few decibels shy of shouting. “Which is it? You want me to have screwed her or not?”

I’m all wound up, like the toys from my childhood. The ones with the knobs you turn and turn, winding so tight the spinny thing breaks and falls off. I’m confused and hurt and angry and turned the hell on in a way I can’t even process. The combination is more than I can handle rationally. I take a page from his broody book and let my palm smack the wall behind me. It stings so I clench it shut. The pain distracts me and I blurt out the truth.

“No, I don’t want you to have screwed her. I don’t want you to screw anyone!”

His reaction is wide-eyed shock and disbelief. “Anyone? Christ, you want me to be celibate? Do you hate me or something?”

Licking my lips, I take several deep breaths in an attempt to calm down. It almost works. “I want you,” I begin slowly before taking another deep breath. “To not engage in foreplay in front of my face.”

He opens his mouth to respond—most likely to deny that he did that tonight—but I place my trembling fingers against his lips, firmly breaking our ten-year unspoken no-touching rule. I’d like to take a moment to enjoy the soft, full, sensuously masculine mouth of his, but there isn’t time. I need to focus all cylinders of my brain on what I’m trying to say.

“I told you how I feel, what I want. And I get it. You don’t feel the same way. Or you won’t act on your feelings. But that doesn’t mean I can switch mine right off for your convenience. And it doesn’t mean that I’m not jealous, not hurt, and that I don’t hate, hate, being in the presence of any woman who is going to have you in a way that I never will.”

I’m breathing hard, tasting his anxiety and frustration in the air between us. Removing my fingers from his mouth and placing them on mine, I watch him go to war with himself.

He neck loosens, allowing his head to fall forward. Remaining completely still while he inhales the length of my neck, I swallow hard.

“Tell me I’ll never have you that way. Tell me to move on and let this go,” I whisper, needing to hear him say it and terrified that he actually will in equal measure.

“You’re my best friend. Growing up, you were my safe place,” he tells me on a ragged breath that seems to pull the life completely out of both of us. “I don’t want to ruin you, Bluebird.”


About Caisey Quinn

Caisey Quinn

Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels featuring southern girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com.

She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Her full bio can be found on their website.

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