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I am thrilled that today is the release date for TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD, the third book in the Gamble Brothers series by J. Lynn. I got the chance to read it just a little bit early and it was a steamy, sexy, totally hot romance. It was my first introduction to the series and as Alana and Chandler’s story was so awesome I just had to pick up the other two books and can’t wait to read them.

Published by Brazen, an Entangled Publishing imprint, Jennifer L. Armentrout, writing as J. Lynn, delivers a story that is smokin’ hot, so easy to get caught up in, and one that you won’t want to put down.

While I haven’t yet had the chance to get to know Chandler’s brothers very well, I can say for certain that he is and will continue to be my favorite. He’s rough, dangerous, incredibly sexy. And yes, he likes to get his kink on.

Whether you’ve read the first two books in this series or not, TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD is a great way to meet the characters. And while it may not be necessary to read TEMPTING THE BEST MAN and TEMPTING THE PLAYER first, you’ll definitely want to read all of them to get to know each of the Gamble brothers and choose your favorite.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about the books in this series, their details are below with links to places you can find them online. And if you haven’t yet had the chance to read a book by Author Jennifer L. Armentrout, be sure to check out her website for details on all the stories and series she’s written.


About Tempting the Bodyguard

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Title: TEMPTING THE BODY GUARD (Gamble Brothers #3)
Release date: May 12, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Pages: 211
Formats: eBook


A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don’t protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he’s caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she’s at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose…



About J. Lynn

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



Other Books in the Series

Tempting the Best ManTitle: TEMPTING THE BEST MAN (Gamble Brothers #1)
Release date: April 23, 2012
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Pages: 136
Formats: eBook, audio



A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

She’ll make him lose control…

Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of “accidents” as the family tries to prove their “spark” can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…


Tempting the PlayerTitle: TEMPTING THE PLAYER (Gamble Brothers #2)
Release date: October 20, 2012
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Pages: 205
Formats: eBook, audio



A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He’s a player on and off the field…

Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on—and off—the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with…and that’s the last thing Chad needs.

When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad’s manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multi-million dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he’ll have to convince everyone Bridget isn’t just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn’t easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it’s going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together…or in love.

Trailer Reveal: Gravity and Luminosity

As a huge fan of trailers I was totally stoked to be invited to be a part of the trailer reveals for GRAVITY and LUMINOSITY. Now, not only do I have cover love, I think both trailers are super cool. Which makes the wait for both books even harder.

Fortunately both GRAVITY and LUMINOSITY will be releasing in just a few weeks, so the wait isn’t too bad….

Anyway… below are both trailers and some info about the books and authors. And there’s also an eBook giveaway hosted by the publisher. So be sure to check them out!


I love this trailer! It’s dark and edgy, not at all what I’d expected for this title, but I think it’s awesome. I want to meet this enemy that might be the only one Ari can trust. I so can’t wait!

About Gravity

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Title: GRAVITY (The Taking #1)
Author: Melissa West
Pages: 400
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 30, 2012


In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.



About Melissa West

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Melissa lives in a tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L’Engle.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

GRAVITY is her first book.




Okay, I think I’ve fallen for the enemy in this trailer too! I really hope Beatrice can be the protector she needs to be. And I really love the song, though I may have gotten caught up in the lyrics on my first or second viewing before I read through all those teasers about the book. But this is so another book I can’t wait for!

About Luminosity

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Title: LUMINOSITY (Raven Chronicles #1)
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Pages: 400
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 6, 2012


My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.



About Stephanie Thomas

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Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts.

Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more.

Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle).



The publisher, Entangled Teen, is offering up four eBook copies – 2 copies of GRAVITY and 2 copies of LUMINOSITY – to four winners. I want one… or both!

Just enter in the Rafflecopter, below, which is the same on all blogs participating in the reveal!

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Cover Reveal: Opal

Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Coming December 11, 2012


I am such a huge fan of this series, the author and Daemon Black. So when I was invited by Entangled Publishing to be a part of this cover reveal I had to drop everything to get this post ready. Because there was no way that I was going to miss being able to share this cover on the blog.


My Thoughts

I love how well this cover fits in with the rest of the series yet is just a bit different, not only with the clarity of the image, but the placement of the book title. I also love that it doesn’t contain all the additional text on its face, allowing the image to take center stage.

This tagline has me the most intrigued of them all. It begs the question – What exactly is it that they are going to have to risk?

And I absolutely love the color. And I love the tone. It’s still dark like the covers for OBSIDIAN and ONYX, but there is a brightness to it that I like, similar to the cover for SHADOWS, which brings a nice balance to the series when you look at all four covers together.

I also like that on this cover Katy has a sweet, almost vulnerable look to her, versus the previous cover where she had a harder edge. Of course I wish Daemon Black was facing forward so I could see both of his eyes, but he looks pretty amazing, so I’m not going to complain too much.


About the Book

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No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble



About the Author

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USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, 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.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math.

Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Find her: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Website, Blog



An Epic Contest Announcement

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Be sure to bookmark Jennifer Armentrout’s blog post HERE so you won’t miss an awesome contest announcement on October 1!


Authors Are Rockstars Tour: It’s a Wrap!

The Authors Are Rockstars Tour has officially ended. While we would have loved to have this continue year-round, it’s time to let those authors go back to writing the books we love so very much.

We are all so amazed, overwhelmed and surprised at the response we got from authors, bloggers and readers alike. We had no idea when we started out that it would get as much attention and support. So we are eternally grateful.

In the end, we had 102 authors and 96 blogs (including our own) participating in this event. And without each and every one of them, this would not have been the success it was. And even though there were just a couple hiccups along the way, for an event as large as this one was, we definitely consider it a win.

If you haven’t had a chance to catch up with all 102 stops on the tour, CLICK HERE, for an updated tour schedule with links that go to each and every stop on the tour. While most of the giveaways will have ended, the posts are so much fun to read and you won’t want to miss them.

We tried to make this event entertaining and showcase some phenomenal authors that we love. We hope we achieved that goal.

We tried to match authors with bloggers who considered them their rockstars and tried to include a variety of authors and bloggers on this tour. We hope we succeeded in that too.

While all the authors on the tour were ones we considered rockstars, it was by no means all inclusive of the authors we think rock! Some authors were unable to participate, some authors may not have received our invitation – apparently SPAM was not our friend – and some authors we may not have reached out to because we couldn’t locate their information or because we had such an overwhelming response to our outreach.

We had hoped for 31 authors, not expecting nearly that many, so hosting 102 was a dream come true!

We hope you learned something new about your rockstar authors, hope that you found a few new authors to call rockstars and hope you had a good time following the tour around this August!

While this was intended as a once-in-a-lifetime event, who knows what may change in a year….

Oh, and before we forget….

As this tour wraps up, we are also wrapping up the mega giveaway we included as part of this month-long event. Stay tuned for the winners’ announcement post next week.

To all of those we owe thanks to….

First and foremost we have to thank every single author for generously volunteering their time and agreeing to be a part of our event. Without them this wouldn’t have been even close to the huge success it was. Their posts were the perfect mix of fun, entertaining, informative and exciting to read. With a tour that consisted of top ten lists, vlogs, interviews, character interviews, excerpts, teasers and more, visiting all the stops on tour provided hours of enjoyment.

And it put some amazing books and authors with upcoming titles on our radars.

We also want to thank them for their generous donations of books and swag and even a character naming. The authors’ time was all we asked for, so their volunteering to give away these prizes was above and beyond our wildest expectations. This event was meant to showcase them not to have them reach into their pockets.

And of course we have to thank the generosity of Harlequin TEEN for supporting each of their authors by donating books and spreading the word about our event and Entangled Publishing for their eBook donations. Both publishers’ support of their authors was an amazing surprise and one we are so incredibly appreciative of.

But they weren’t the only publishers we have to thank for their support. HarperTeen, Macmillan Children’s Books and SimonTEEN were incredibly supportive for spreading the word throughout the month about not only their authors on tour, but the tour as a whole.

And then there are the bloggers. Without their passion and love for the authors they call rockstars we wouldn’t have had an event either. It was their glowing and gushing words of support for the authors they hosted that made visiting each stop on this tour awesome.

We cannot thank them enough for signing up for the event, for writing such rockin’ posts for their authors, for donating their time and efforts to help support this event and even for donating prizes in support of their authors. They, too, are the rockstars of this event and we couldn’t have done it without them!

Last, but not least, we have to thank those readers who visited the stops, who left comments, who discovered new authors, who fell more in love with the authors they did know, and who also supported our event by just being there.

And from one tour host to another, I would like to thank both Jaime and Patricia for co-hosting this event with me.

Jaime, thank you so very much for making this event even possible. Without your support, this never would have happened. Without your courage to reach out to the authors on tour, I never would have had the courage to do the same.

Without your tireless efforts we never could have kept up with all the back and forth with the authors and bloggers not only prior to the start of the event but throughout. And without your connections with many of the authors on this tour, I know this would have been a much smaller tour than it was.

Patricia, thank you so much for your help in making this event a success. Your assistance in matching authors and bloggers and your research into finding matches for the new author adds was invaluable. And thank you so very much for spreading the word about the event and visiting the stops on the tour each day.

Well, we guess that’s about it. If there is anyone we forgot to include in our thanks we are so very sorry. It’s been a whirlwind but we hope that we included you all!

Stay tuned for next week’s prize announcement posts on both blogs. But for now….

It’s a wrap.

Cover Reveal: Naturals

Naturals (The Lost Souls #2) by Tiffany Truitt

Coming April 9, 2013


I am thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal for Naturals by Tiffany Truitt. I absolutely loved the cover for the first book in the series, Chosen Onesand was super excited to find out just what the cover to book two would look like.

While I may have gotten a peek at it earlier this weekend, I couldn’t wait to take a longer look when I received it from Entangled Publishing on Sunday. And I think I love this second book’s cover even more.


My Thoughts

This cover is so beautiful. But not too perfect. It fits the title so well as there is just something very natural about it.

I love the warmer tones in this second book’s cover, which is in contrast to the cooler tones in the first cover. And I love the look of serenity on the model’s face. Which, interestingly, is also the opposite of the model’s expression on the first book’s cover. Yet I loved both the cooler colors and the model’s fierce expression on the earlier cover, too.

I like how the font and the placement of the author’s name, title, series title and tagline are all in same order and roughly the same placement as they were on the cover for Chosen Ones. And, as with the first cover, I love just how beautiful and distinctive the fonts are for this series.

And I love how the earth beneath the model in repose is also cracked. It is yet another element that establishes continuity between the two. But I love that for this cover, the shot is a closer one, allowing the model’s expression to be the focus.

This cover is just so stunning that I may just have to break my rule against buying print books just so I can see what it looks like in real life. Too bad release date is so very far away.


About the Book

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Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings.

Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.

NATURALS is the second book in The Lost Souls trilogy, and follows the dystopian hit CHOSEN ONES.



About the Author

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Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonald’s and Banana Rats (don’t ask) she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman(5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”

Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The OutsidersSpeakNight, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger GamesThe GiverThe Uglies, and Matched.




The Series

Here’s a peek at both covers for the series side-by-side. Aren’t they gorgeous? So similar and yet so very different. One fierce, one calm. One cool, one warm. One with eyes open, one with them closed. One at a distance, one up close. And yet both work in harmony.

If you’d like to add both books to your Goodreads TBR pile, just click the image below.

Inbetween Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

I am so thrilled to be participating in Entangled Teen’s blog tour for author Tara Fuller’s book INBETWEEN. As some of you may already know, I am a huge fan of reapers of the non-grim variety – though I don’t mind the grim ones either – and Finn is definitely not grim. Neither is Easton….

Anyway… I thought it would be a lot of fun to have the author stop by for a “Top Ten” type of post and she decided to share some of her favorite not-too-spoiler-y moments from INBETWEEN. And I also get to post a short excerpt from the book.

But first, here’s just a little bit about the book and the author. Just in case you haven’t met either of them yet.

About the Book

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Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.



About the Author

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Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing.

Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flashlight reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas.

Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.


Well, now that you’ve had the chance to get to know just what the book is about and to learn some rather interesting facts about the author – like her passion for Mystery Science Theater – here’s your chance to learn even more.

The author shares seven of her favorite scenes. And while they are revealing, they tease but don’t spoil. So prepare to be teased. Prepared to be tantalized. And prepare to be just a tiny bit shocked.

Tara’s Favorite INBETWEEN Moments

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#1) Our introduction to Easton! I love Easton and I love his entrance into this scene.

I looked up from the edge of Emma’s bed just as Easton melted up from the polished hardwood floor beneath the window. Like an oil slick coming to life, he unfolded his long, shadowy legs until he was just an inkblot in front of the splash of lamplight on her wall. His violet eyes pinned me like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Which I kind of was.

“Nothing,” I lied.

“Yeah, looked like nothing.” He strolled across the room accompanied by a wave of sulfur and smoke, the black serpent tattoo on his neck glinting.

“Jesus, Easton.” I scrunched up my nose and climbed to my feet. “Don’t they have a shower somewhere between here and the afterlife?”

“Screw you. You didn’t just have to tow somebody’s grandpa to Hell.” He brushed something chalky and gray off his long coat, and a shudder worked its way down my spine.

God only knows what—or who—it had belonged to. “Besides, I wasn’t the one about to feel up a sleeping human.”


Fiktshun: Oooh, I liked this scene. Easton just so happens to be my favorite character and it was this scene in particular that drew me to him.

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#2) The first time Finn shows himself to Emma. I love the thoughts running through his head in this moment. It’s when everything changes for him.

With a deafening crash, the sign behind us skidded across the concrete steps, splintering into sparks and blades. I lay there for a few seconds, stunned by the feel of Emma’s solid warmth beneath me, the hectic swell of her lungs pumping against my chest. I was…touching her. Her sapphire-blue eyes stared back into mine. Our noses nearly touched. Her peppermint breath clung to my lips.

“You can see me,” I said, breathless.

“Of course I can see you.” Emma glanced over my shoulder, but she didn’t make a move. “Your face is practically touching my face. It would be kind of hard not to see you.”


Fiktshun: I loved that he seemed so surprised that she could see him. After being what he was for so many years it must have been rather amazing to really be seen. And by this particular girl, too.

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#3) This is the scene when Finn comes clean to Emma and has to convince her that she’s not crazy. This is one of my favorite moments between them.

I ran an iridescent finger down her arm to her wrist, watched it scatter like stars across her skin. Her breath hitched in her throat. Her heart beat so hard the sound rippled through me like a shock wave. When her eyes met mine, the amount of want in them nearly brought me to my knees. Even through the fear and anger she had to be feeling, I knew she felt what I felt. The connection. The warmth. The rightness of this moment.

“Tell me you feel it,” I whispered.


“Do you?”

She released the breath she’d been holding. “Yes.”

I let my thumbs brush down her arms and she gasped. Fireworks ignited across the places that I touched. Emma’s eyes opened. Glistening with wonder. Wide with fear.

“Trust me,” I said. “You’re that girl.”


Fiktshun: Well now, this is just a tease isn’t it. 😉

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#4) Sigh…This entire scene made me fall in love with Finn.

I could feel the thought coming before it even formed. It started in that sad, hollow space in my chest, then worked its way up my aching throat. I could feel it behind my lips, fighting to be heard. Burning me up inside. But I couldn’t say that to her. I didn’t have a right to. So instead I let it run loose in my head. Three words that wouldn’t stop.

I love you.

I couldn’t stay still any longer. I crossed the room until I was standing over her, this girl I loved. She stopped swaying and looked up at me. I reached out my hand. “Dance with me.”


Fiktshun: *swoon* … *swoon* … Soooo romantic.

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#5) Maeve is the villain in this story. I love her breaking in this scene. It’s when the reader really gets to see her emotional motivation for all of the chaos she’s been creating.

I glanced at her hand. It was wrapped around a blade. My blade. My scythe. It looked so awkward in her white fist. Mine felt so incredibly empty without it.

“Maeve…” I held my hand up and tried to ease up. “Don’t do—”

She swung out. The blade sliced through my thigh, and all that existed was pain. I clutched at my thigh and groaned. Black oozed from between my fingers, glittering like stars in the night.

“Oh, does that hurt? Poor little reaper. Maybe you should have picked someone else’s life to ruin. I could be happy right now! I could be alive. I could be in love. I didn’t get the chance to have any of that my first life. And you made sure I’d never have it again. You call me a bad person, Finn? What about you? You walk around like there’s a halo on your goddamned head, but you’re just as bad as me and we both know it.”


Fiktshun: She is the villain. But her story is definitely tragic. I was sympathetic toward her…. Well, maybe only just a teensy bit.

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#6) I love every intimate moment with Cash and Emma, because these are the times we see how close they really are. And I love his vulnerability in this scene, showing how much he cares about her when he thinks he’s going to lose her.

“Don’t you dare die, Em.” Cash’s voice sounded like he’d been wrapped in cotton. “I mean it. I’ll follow you to the grave and kick your ghostly ass if you don’t stay with me.”

My eyes rolled around behind my eyelids. I couldn’t open them. Couldn’t make my lips move to tell him not to worry.

“Sir, we’re going to need you to back up,” a woman’s voice said. I felt pressure against my neck. So much pressure. A prick in my wrist. A plastic mask around my mouth. Then warm, familiar fingers laced through mine. Cash.


Fiktshun: Ah, Cash. Always with the sense of humor. That was my favorite quality about him. Though I loved his T-shirts, too!

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#7) This was by far the hardest scene for me to write in the entire book. But it’s also one of my favorites.

Everyone’s version of Hell is different. Or so Easton tells me. Some burn in fire. Some die in ice. Most drown in their nightmares, or choke on twisted fears and mangled memories. Only one thing is certain here—whatever your poison, it’s sure to last an eternity.


Fiktshun: Oh wow. So awesome that your toughest scene is your favorite!

Thank you so very much for agreeing to stop by the blog to share seven of your favorite moments from your book INBETWEEN. A few of those were my favorite moments. And that intro to Easton topped my list, too.

They were the perfect teasers to make everyone want to find out just a little bit more. Like, just what happens to Emma? Will Cash have to follow her to the grave to kick her a** or is she okay? And when Maeve attacks Finn, is he the victor in that battle? And even if he is, will he be sent “south” for the part he played in what happened to Maeve?

Well, my lips are sealed. I, for one, will never tell. You’ll have to read it to find out. And to help you out with your burning curiosity, here’s that short excerpt I promised. It’s the scene where Anaya sees Cash for the very first time. And even this heavenly reaper isn’t immune to his charms.

I leaned my forehead against the brick. No. I couldn’t think like that. Thoughts like that were going to get me in trouble. Again.

The energy of another reaper sparked against my skin. I spun around. Along the side of the house, a glow sliced through the shadows. Anaya. A streak of moonlight caught her hair and tangled with her braids, making them shine.

I half expected her to blow around the house with the force of an atom bomb, ready to rip into me for being here. But she didn’t. She wasn’t even watching me. She was watching…Cash.

He waved to the car that had just dropped him off and stumbled around the house, tripping through the shadows. Anaya’s eyes followed him, almost longingly, until he climbed through his bedroom window and closed the blinds.

I stepped out of the shadows. “Anaya?”

She jerked her gaze from Cash’s window and blinked, as if she was waking up from a dream. “What?”

“Everything okay?” I asked hesitantly, watching the way her eyes flitted to Cash’s house again.

“Y-yes.” She sounded flustered. “Why wouldn’t it be? I was just…”

I waited, hoping with everything in me that I was wrong about what I’d just seen.

She scowled at me. “Don’t give me that look, Finn. You’re the one lurking around the human girl’s house in the middle of the night.”

“I’d hardly call it lurking.”

“Then what are you doing here?” She folded her arms across her chest. “I’m not stupid. You’re up to something.”

I glanced back at Emma’s house. At the flickering glow from the candles in her window. “I’m trying to remind myself why it’s a bad idea to go in there and talk to her. Why it’s a bad idea to go in there and do more than talk to her.”

“I’m not going to stand here and lecture you. I’m not Easton, and you don’t need a babysitter. You already know why it’s a bad idea.”

I knew it was a bad idea. But now that I’d gotten a taste of what touching and talking to Emma felt like, I didn’t know how much longer I could do this. Stay away from her. Pretend everything inside me wasn’t burning with the need for her to really know me. I closed my eyes, feeling the weight of my decision warm all of the hollow places inside. When I opened my eyes again, Anaya was shaking her head.

“You’re going to do it anyway, aren’t you?”

“Probably, but you were never here.” I said. “And if you were never here, then I didn’t see you looking at Cash like you wanted to doodle his name in your diary.”

“I wasn’t—”

I raised a brow and she stopped. She looked over her shoulder at Cash’s house and bit her lip. “His name is Cash?”

“Yeah,” I said. “And I don’t have to tell you why it’s a bad idea. Right?”

Anaya glanced down to the scythe beginning to glitter and glow in her leather belt. She wrapped her fingers around it and nodded. “Right.”

Fiktshun: All I can say is, “Hehe, poor Anaya!”


If you’d like to take a peek at any of the other stops on the tour, the full tour schedule is below.

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Monday, August 20th  –   YA Sisterhood

Tuesday, August 21st  –  Books Over Boys

Wednesday, August 22nd  –  A Diary of a Book Addict

Thursday, August 23rd  –  Fiktshun (here)

Friday, August 24th  –  Chapter by Chapter

Saturday, August 25th  – K-Books

Sunday, August 26th  – Ravenous Reader

Monday, August 27th  –  Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Tuesday, August 28th- Justin’s Book Blog

Wednesday, August 29st- Stuck in Books

Thursday, August 30th – Letters Inside Out

Friday, August 31st- Bookalicious

Saturday, September 1st- Total Bookaholic

Sunday, September 2nd- Taters Tall Tales

Monday, September 3rd- Fantasy Book Addict


Did you think this stop was over? Not quite yet. Well, not if you’d like a chance to win some awesome prizes! There are actually two giveaways on the tour today. One is for an eBook copy of INBETWEEN courtesy of the publisher.

And the other is courtesy of the author. She is offering up two prizes for giveaway – an Amazon gift card plus signed bookmark to one winner and a signed bookmark to another.

All the details are below….

Giveaway 1 – an eBook of INBETWEEN by Tara Fuller to one winner courtesy of the publisher, Entangled Teen. All details are in the form. Giveaway ends on September 3rd.

(Note: This giveaway is for this blog stop only. For extra chances to win, visit the other stops on the tour!)

Stay tuned for the eBook winner….

Congratulations Camila! I’ll be reaching out to you to see what format you’d like your eBook in so that I can get that information to the publisher. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway. I hope you love INBETWEEN!

Giveaway 2 – an Amazon gift card plus signed bookmark to one winner and a signed bookmark to a second winner courtesy of the author. Ends on September 3rd. US Only.

(Note: This is a shared giveaway across all blog stops. If you’ve entered on another stop you won’t be able to enter here.)
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Onyx Blog Tour: Daemon Black Character Interview + Giveaway

I was so unbelievably excited when I was invited to be a part of the ONYX Blog Tour. I am such a huge fan of author Jennifer L. Armentrout. Her writing is so very addictive. And her Lux series is no exception. And I don’t think there is a character who is quite as wickedly charming, but not wicked, as Daemon Black. Well, maybe he’s just a little bit wicked….

If for some reason you haven’t yet “met” Jennifer on Twitter or on her blog, she is super nice and super awesome. And here’s just a little bit about her and a few places where you can find her.

About the Author

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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.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.



If you haven’t yet read OBSIDIAN, the first book in the Lux series, just click its name to read the description on Goodreads. And if you have, and are anxiously awaiting ONYX‘s official release next week, check out the description below, or get a peek at the first two chapters HERE.

About the Book

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Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.



For my stop on the tour I not only got to post my review, but I got a chance to interview Daemon Black. And the publisher offered up a paperback set of  OBSIDIAN and ONYX for giveaway (US), though I added in a couple print copies of ONYX because I just had to share. It’s that awesome.

And for those of you who hadn’t stopped by earlier in the year for the 30 Days of Daemon Tour, I had the great pleasure of having Daemon Black on the blog for that event. My interview is HERE and the post includes information about OBSIDIAN and the novella about Daemon’s brother Dawson, SHADOWS.

Anyway… I’m sure you’re wondering what Daemon has to stay this time….

Hi Daemon! Welcome back to the blog. It’s been a few months but I couldn’t resist having you stop back for a visit. Especially now that I’ve read ONYX and am just a little bit more curious/infatuated/obsessed with you. And because I know even more about you than I did when I first got the chance to ask you just a few questions.

“Of course you’re curious/infatuated/obsessed with me. It’s okay. I’m used to it.”

[Fiktshun: Hmmm… that ego is still firmly in place….]

The last time you visited you said that you were, and I quote, “pretty damn awesome.” Since your last visit, after everything that’s happened between you and Katy and everything you had to go through in ONYX would you say that you’re a bit more humble? Or are you just as confident as you were before? Are you, in fact, the same Daemon Black we’ve gotten to know and love or are you a changed Luxen?

“I stand by my initial statement: I am still pretty damn awesome. And I’m the same guy. You just see more sides of me.”

[Fiktshun: I did happen to enjoy those other sides. A LOT….]

You and Katy made a connection, one that is seemingly unbreakable. How do you feel being bonded to Katy? Especially when she doesn’t seem to be quite so enthusiastic about it. And what kinds of things have you been doing to change her mind?

“Bonded is such a strange word, but it’s not bad. Kat isn’t a big fan of it, but then again, she’s human, so these kinds of things freak her out. And I have some things I’m doing to help change her mind.”

[Fiktshun: Well, you definitely have a connection and I like the idea of you and Katy having this bond. And yes, Daemon, you have been doing some things to change her mind. :)]

Katy believes that what she feels for you isn’t real, that it’s a product of your connection. Do you feel the same way? Would you like her even if you weren’t connected?

“I think I’ve told her a billion times how I really feel. It’s up to her to believe it.”

[Fiktshun: Maybe with a little bit more of the showing versus telling and she’ll be convinced.]

What is it with you, Katy and technology? You blew up a laptop, and there may have been another instance where a computer got overheated…. If your chemistry sizzles, literally, why not stay far, far away from costly electronic devices?

“The chemistry between us is just that damn good. And it’s kind of hard to stay away from electronic devices. They are everywhere.”

[Fiktshun: They’re not everywhere. Not by the lake…. If they were you might have destroyed hundreds of laptops.]

What do you think about Katy’s book boyfriends? I believe she mentioned a certain Reaper named Tod she was quite fond of, and she also hinted at a reincarnated soul named Alden. How do you like the fact that Katy gets lost in these worlds with these other boys?

“Well, see… the only guys that can compete with me are fictional, so I’m okay with that.”

[Fiktshun: Ah, but you did have just a little bit of competition if I do recall correctly. And not from any book Katy was reading….]

Speaking of other boys, there’s a new boy in town. One who seems to want to spend quite a bit of time with Katy. And one that Katy seems to want to spend a bit of time with. One whose name you just can’t seem to get quite right. Is this a jealous Daemon we’re seeing? What do you think about all the time Katy is spending with him? And what exactly is it you want to do to him when you seem them together?

“I have no idea who you’re talking about.  Me jealous of Bob? Wait. What is his name? Biff? Bart? Bobo Baggins? Whatever.”

[Fiktshun: Selective memory Daemon? And hahaha “Bobo Baggins” hahaha! Oh you always make me smile Daemon Black.]

Whether you or she wants to admit it or not, you and Katy seem to be getting closer. If it came down to a choice between your family or her, who would you choose to protect? Okay, that may be an unfair question. So, how about, who would you choose to protect first and why?

“That is an unfair question. But I will never have to choose between them. I’d never let that situation happen.”

[Fiktshun: I really hope that’s true. I rely on you to keep that girl safe. And after what happened… well… let’s just say I really hope that’s true.]

Katy is a book blogger. But you know this. As you’ve admitted to stalking her blog on occasion. How often do you visit her blog? And what’s your favorite post, feature or review you’ve read (or watched) on her blog?

“I like to keep up on her posts, which by the way she’s been slacking on. I like her IMM.”

[Fiktshun: And the fact that she’s slacking in no way has to do with you? I somehow think it might. Just a little. And yes, I know just how much you like her IMM. And I think she’ll get a lot more site traffic on those IMMs going forward.]

If you had it all to do over again, would you still be as mean to Katy as you were when you first met? And what about later? The cafeteria incident affected her pretty deeply. Would you change what you said and did if you had the chance?

“No. Yeah, call me a jerk or whatever, but I never wanted her to be a part of any of this. She almost died because of being too close to us. So no, I wouldn’t change a damn thing. Okay. Well, maybe I would’ve softened it a bit.”

[Fiktshun: I wouldn’t call you a jerk exactly for that, but it was pretty harsh. You successfully, for a very short time, pushed her away. As you can see that didn’t work out so well. But I’m glad to hear you’d have done things just a little bit differently.]

Katy is fierce and determined. Stubborn even. Much like you in that respect. Why, then, do you feel the need to be so protective of her? Do you not think she’s capable of taking care of herself?

“She is very strong and brave, but being strong and brave isn’t always going to keep you alive. There are things in my world that would eat her as a snack. I can’t let that happen.”

[Fiktshun: Things like you? Sometimes you look like you might want to have Katy for a snack. Just sayin’.]

I don’t want to reveal too much, but there may have been a certain situation that got Katy in trouble with her mom. Was it purely accidental or did you do what you did on purpose?

A sly look creeps onto his face. “What do you think?”

[Fiktshun: Oh I definitely have my opinions on that one. And you are rather naughty aren’t you?]

What is your very favorite thing about Katy? And don’t say her sock mittens. By the way, what is your fascination with those things anyway?

“It’s not like I’m fascinated. I just don’t get them. They’re mittens for the feet! Who needs mittens for your feet?” He shakes his head. “Anyway, I love how she isn’t easy—she’s a challenge. And she’s strong.”

[Fiktshun: When its cold, mittens for the feet are a good thing. Not everyone can withstand the cold quite like you. Yes, Katy is definitely strong. One of her great qualities. And for the record I’m so glad you didn’t call Katy easy.]

What is your very most favorite moment that you spent with Katy? Were there any favorite Katy moments that didn’t involve the destruction of poor, defenseless computers?

“My favorite moment was spending her birthday with her.” He nods. “Yeah, that was really a good time.  Second best moment was Thanksgiving.”

[Fiktshun: Oh, both those moments were pretty amazing. Much like yourself. I couldn’t agree more. Loved those moments.]

What do you do, exactly, when you’re not pestering Katy at school, at her home or watching her from afar?

“I do not watch her from afar. I watch her from up close and personal.”  He pauses. “I like watching ghost hunting shows, but when I’m not with Kat or Dee, I’m out patrolling.”

[Fiktshun: Ah but you do tend to keep an eye on her from a distance. When you’re up close and personal it always seems that there’s more than just your “eye” that is on her….]

Just one more question… What’s with the poking? I know you like to get under Katy’s skin – again literally – but why poking? There are so many ways you can irk her, why decide to poke?

“You know, my very first response to this was completely inappropriate. It had to do with poking. Just thought I’d share that.” He grins. “I don’t know. It annoys Kat. And she’s cute when she’s annoyed.”

[Fiktshun: Hey, I’m a grown girl, I’d love to know what your very first response to this question was. *Pouts.* And oooh, I get a Daemon Black grin! *Blushes.*]

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Q. If you had to list your three best features or attributes what would they be and why?

Only three? Seriously? Every part of me is my best attribute.

Q. If you could be human for a day, would you?

Uh, no. Humans can be way too fragile. They break easily.

Q. If you could read minds, would you read Katy’s or would you allow her thoughts to be hers alone?

I don’t need to read her mind to know what she’s thinking. She’s like an open book. Get it? Book? Kitten? Ah, I make myself laugh.

Q. If you could use your powers to impersonate someone for a day, who would it be and why?

I don’t have a need to impersonate anyone for a second let alone a day.

Q. Are you able to look at a bowl of spaghetti without thinking of the cafeteria incident?

Actually, when I see a bowl of spaghetti now, I have to smile.


[Fiktshun: As far as attributes I’ll have to take you on your word. We haven’t had the opportunity to see all of your… attributes… just yet. And I’m so glad that you wouldn’t try to read Katy’s mind. She is an open book, but there may have been certain things you didn’t know until much, much later. Things about Bobo…. And haha, glad to see you can make yourself laugh, Daemon. And really, you’ve never had to impersonate someone before? Never? I’ll never look at spaghetti the same again either. To take a name from an old album, I now refer to it as “The Spaghetti Incident.”]

Once again, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy, busy schedule – patrolling, keeping everyone you care about safe, poking Kitten – to answer all my questions. I’m so glad your visit to the blog here today was just a bit longer than your last one.

You are always welcome to stop by. Though I’m sure you’d much rather be a guest on Katy’s blog rather than having to do the interview circuit on everyone else’s. Though I’m sure she would ask those tougher questions.

Now I just have to get a certain author to stop by, someone who knows you way better than anyone else….

The LUX Series

If you haven’t yet checked out any of the awesome books in this series, click on the image of those three hot covers below to read the descriptions or add them to your Goodreads TBR pile.

Yes, there are five books in the series that you can add. And yes, I am already dying to read OPAL which comes out on December 11th. I just so happened to have read the description and it’s killing me that I don’t have this one right now.

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August 8th – Reading Angel
August 9th – The Bookish Babe
August 10th – Fiktshun (me)
August 11th – Reading Lark
August 12th – Stuck in Books
August 13th – Confessions of a Vi3tbabe
August 14th – Mundie Moms
August 14th – Romancing the Book
August 15th – Good Choice Reading
August 16th – Fantasy Book Addict
August 17th – Xpresso Reads
August 18th – The YA Sisterhood
August 19th – Books Complete Me
August 20th – K-Books
August 21st – Two Chicks On Books (Jaime)
August 22nd – Once Upon a Twilight

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What’s up for grabs:

A paperback set of OBSIDIAN and ONYX by Jennifer L. Armentrout sent to ONE WINNER – US only – from the publisher at the end of the tour.

AND to TWO WINNERS a paperback copy of ONYX that I will order from Amazon or The Book Depository – International.


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The deets:

1. One entry per HOUSEHOLD.

2. There will be ONE winner of the publisher’s giveaway and TWO winners of my giveaway.

3. You must be 13 or older.

4. Publisher’s giveaway is US. My giveaway is International.

5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012.

6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on August 23rd in this post.

7. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.


There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form:

The winner of the publisher’s giveaway for the set of OBSIDIAN and ONYX is…

LoStInDr3aMs (unfortunately this winner wasn’t eligible for the publisher’s giveaway) Jeanette McGeough

The winners of my giveaway for an order of ONYX are…



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