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    Deception Blog Tour: Logan McEntire Character Interview + Giveaway

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    I am so very excited to be hosting today’s stop on the DECEPTION Blog Tour because not only is this tour amazing, this story is amazing, the characters are amazing and the author is amazing. As if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, for my stop today I have an interview with Logan McEntire that couldn’t be more perfect.

    And…

    DECEPTION releases today!

    Which means that everyone will get the chance to find out just what happens next with Logan and Rachel. They’ll get to discover whether the Commander makes an appearance. And they’ll get to find out whether or not there is in fact a saboteur.

    This sequel is every bit as awesome as the first book in the series, maybe even a little bit more so given the fact that… well, I really shouldn’t say what “that” is as it is just a bit spoiler-y. But it is.

    DECEPTION is an absolutely captivating read from start to finish. It’s one of those books you will not want to put down. And after what happens at the beginning, there’s no way you’ll be able to put it down. I couldn’t. Not that I tried, of course.

    Anyway… if you haven’t yet had the chance to read the description for DECEPTION, you’ll definitely want to take a peek at it below. But only if you’re read the first book in the series, DEFIANCE, whose description I’ve included a little farther down in this post.

    And while there is an awesome giveaway as part of this tour, my favorite part is the interview. Because Logan was incredibly forthcoming about who he is, what he thinks of Rachel and what he’d be willing to do for her. So I hope it’s your favorite part of today’s stop, too.

    The full tour schedule is at the bottom of this post, but you can visit Mundie Moms Blog Tours site for more details by clicking the banner above.

    As I’ve rambled on for too long already – and I could probably ramble quite a bit more about just what happened in DECEPTION (yes, I’m dying to discuss this with someone) – I should wrap up this intro and let you get to the book details, author details, giveaway details and the interview with the utterly perfect Logan McEntire.

    So without further ado….

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    About DECEPTION

    Release Date: August 27, 2013
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

    But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

    In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

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    with Logan McEntire

    Hi Logan, thank you for taking the time to stop by the blog to answer a few questions. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you in DEFIANCE and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you and Rachel in DECEPTION. With the way things ended, I’m a bit anxious.

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    Q. For those readers who haven’t yet had the chance to meet you, as I have, how would you describe yourself in 15 words or less?

    Logical. Inventor. Fighter. Planner. Afraid of failing. Driven. Outcast. Rachel’s.

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    Q. Things were not easy for you growing up, given what the Commander did. What was it like to be taken in by Jared Adams as his apprentice and to be made a part of his family when you had none of your own?

    It was a bright spot of love and acceptance that made me all the more determined to make something of myself. I won’t ever forget what Jared and Oliver did for me. I don’t know if I would have survived without them. Because of them, I know how to read, how to use my mind for something other than trying to figure out where my next meal is coming from, and I know how to be part of a family.

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    Q. Jared’s daughter Rachel isn’t like any of the other girls in Baalboden. What was she like when you first met her? And how would you say she’s changed since then?

    She was a whirlwind of fierce kindness with a staunch dedication to seeing justice happen for wrongs inflicted, even if she had to dispense that justice herself. The first time I saw her, I was foraging for food in an alley behind Oliver’s tent in Lower Market. Some boys were circling me, shoving me down, taking my food from me, and trying to get me to start a fight so they could complain to the guards and get me banned from Lower Market. Those boys were at least three years older than Rachel, and twice her size, but she came out of Oliver’s tent at a dead run and threw herself at them, fists flying. They never stood a chance. From that point on, she’d earned my undying loyalty and friendship, even though as she grew older, that friendship became more and more complicated.

    She’s still the warrior who loves and fights with equal fierceness, but some of her confidence is gone. She’s weary and sad, even though she still refuses to back down from a fight if she thinks it’s the right thing to do.

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    Q. There were a couple years after Rachel’s declaration of her feelings that you two weren’t friends. What was it like for you losing her as a friend? Did you try to fix things or was every scenario that played out in your head a “worst case”?

    It was awful. I had no idea how to fix it. If our friendship had been a piece of tech or a math problem, I could’ve solved it quickly. A little bit of logic and some tinkering, and the whole thing would be patched up in no time. I kept thinking of things to say, things to do, that would smooth it out and give me back my best friend, but every time I opened my mouth, it all came out wrong. Or it sounded cold–all logic and reasoning–when Rachel needed warmth.  It was two solid years of worst case scenario played out every time we were in the same room.

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    Q. What is your favorite memory of Jared? Of Oliver? Of Rachel?

    Jared: The moment when he sat me down in Oliver’s tent, four years after Oliver took me in, and offered to train me to be a courier. I knew he didn’t make the offer lightly. It meant I’d earned his respect, and that was something none of the other boys, with all of their education and money and traditional families, had been able to do.

    Oliver: The day he put a slab of freshly baked bread in front of me and then rested his hand on my head and said “Eat up, son,” and I knew he meant “I love you.”

    Rachel: Well, if you’d asked me this question a month ago, I would’ve said the time that I finally, after three years of trying, beat her at sparring practice, but now I have to say it’s our first kiss.

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    Q. What is your favorite invention? And why?

    The little bombs I hid inside the lining of my cloak because it helped me get away from the Commander and get to Rachel when she needed me.

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    Q. Would you say you’re an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?

    A realist. There’s no benefit to either optimism or pessimism. There are only plans, back-up plans, and more back-up plans.

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    Q. You and Rachel complement each other really well. You’re both smart. You’re both brave. You’re both loyal. But she’s a bit more reckless where you’re much more of a strategist. She acts first, thinks second, where you typically think first and then act. What do you think the benefits are of working together to defeat the Commander and keep the citizens of Baalboden safe? What would you say are the drawbacks?

    The benefits are that Rachel has a warrior’s instincts, and no plan is complete without taking those into account. She knows when it’s time to stop planning and start acting. I know when it’s time to pull back and put more thought into something. As long as we keep that balance, we both bring something necessary to the table and that’s to our advantage. The drawbacks are when we disagree on how to find that balance. When I take too long to plan, or she rushes into something, and we fail to make the most of our partnership.

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    Q. If you could change one decision you made when it comes to Rachel, what would that be, and why?

    I would’ve agreed to go over the Wall with her when she first asked because if I had, so much damage could’ve been avoided.

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    Q. If you were asked to describe Rachel to someone who hasn’t met her, how would you describe her? And does that description accurately convey just how you feel about her?

    She’s fierce, loyal, outspoken, and feels things deeply. I don’t think words ever do her justice. How can they? She’s so much more than that, but I don’t know how to describe it. She’s the strength that pushes me when I don’t feel like I can face another day. She’s the one who knows how to make me laugh and mean it. She’s the one who keeps me up late at night worrying and wondering and hoping. She consumes me, and it’s wonderful and terrifying and it’s still more than that, because Rachel isn’t a girl you can neatly sum up with a few well chosen words.

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    Q. You seem to be a bit wary about Quinn, the boy Rachel met in the Wasteland. Is that only because of the way Quinn looks at her? Or is there a reason you don’t seem to trust him?

    I’m not sure what to make of the way he looks at her, but I trust Rachel so that isn’t the main worry. I’m concerned because I don’t know his past, and there’s something he’s keeping hidden. Sometimes I think I catch a glimpse of something that reminds me of a feral, cornered animal. He has a right to his secrets, but if he’s going to stay with us, I need to know that he’s safe.

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    Q. While I don’t want to spoil anything that happened in DEFIANCE, a lot of things happened to you both that not only will leave a permanent mark, but have repercussions for the events in DECEPTION. If you could, without giving too much away, list the best and worst case scenarios for what might be expected in the coming days, weeks, months.

    Best Case Scenario: We get those who are following us to safety before we’re hunted by those who want what we’ve got.

    Worst Case Scenario: We never make it out of the Wasteland because of highwaymen or the Cursed One or those who hunt us.

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    Q. I know this answer already, but for the sake of those who haven’t yet met you (and because I just want to hear you say it again) I just have to ask – if you had to sacrifice yourself for Rachel, would you do it and why?

    I’d sacrifice myself for her in a heartbeat. She’s my family, and that’s what you do for those you love.

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    About C.J. Redwine

    C. J. Redwine lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her four beautiful kids, an amazing husband, two fairly crazy cats, and a dog. She has books in every corner of her house, an impressive Harry Potter memorabilia collection, and a bunch of really cool friends she doesn’t get to see nearly as much as she’d like to. She is also the author of Defiance.

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    About DEFIANCE

    Release Date: August 28, 2012
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

    While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

    When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

    As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

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    There are a few awesome prizes for this tour – (US/Canada)

    A SIGNED copy of either DEFIANCE or DECEPTION – winner’s choice – to ONE winner.

    A set of bookmarks to TWO runner’s up.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Aug. 23 – Carina’s Books – Interview with Rachel

    Aug. 23 – Curling Up With A Good Book – Excerpt

    Aug. 26 – Two Chicks on Books – Playlist

    Aug. 27 – The YA Sisterhood – Review

    Aug. 27 – Fiktshun – Interview with Logan

    Aug. 28 – Reading Teen – Top 10s List

    Aug. 28 – Fangirlish – Review

    Aug. 29 – Ex Libris – Author Interview

    Aug. 29 – Mundie Moms – Spotlight

    Aug. 30 – Page Turners Blog – Review

    Aug. 30 – Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf – Excerpt

    Aug. 31 – Peace, Love, Teen Fiction – Excerpt

     

    More information about the DECEPTION Blog Tour can be found on the Mundie Moms Blog Tour website by clicking the banner a the top of the post or HERE.

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    Review: Defiance

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    DEFIANCE by Stephanie Tyler was released in the U.S. on June 10, 2013 in eBook format and on June 14th in audio format. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and in eBook format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Carina Press, the story is 232 pages.

    DEFIANCE is the first book in author Stephanie Tyler’s New Adult series of the same name. The second book in the series, REDEMPTION, is slated for release on September 16, 2013.

    Note: This review is based on an eARC that I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished copy was purchased for my collection.

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    Description…

    Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

    Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home … and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough — and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

    Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response … and the inevitable fallout.

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    Dark, savage and wickedly sexy, DEFIANCE delivers on its promise. It brings readers into a post-apocalyptic world ruled by violence, dominated by those strong enough, brutal enough, organized enough, to stay in power. It takes them into the world of the Defiance Motorcycle Club where women are possessions and battles are often fought to the death.

    When Tru Tennyson left home, looking to escape a life she wasn’t sure she wanted and a father whose brutality wasn’t reserved only for his job, she thought she’d never return. But when the world fell apart and life outside the MC became more dangerous than the one in it, going back was her only option.

    Even though it meant turning to a rival Club’s leader to bring her back. And even though it meant she would likely be killed or be forced to face a fate much worse than death. But she had to try.

    Because she didn’t want to be some prize for the leader of the Kill Devils. She knew she wouldn’t be able to survive on her own. And she didn’t want what happened in her past to catch up with her.

    But gambling on Caspar, the Club’s Enforcer, to stand up for her was risky. She had no guarantee he’d be willing to put everything on the line for her safety. She had no idea if he cared whether she lived or died. The odds weren’t in her favor. And after seeing him again, she was certain she bet wrong.

    Told from three of its characters’ points of view – Tru, Cas and Mathias – DEFIANCE offers an exciting look at author Stephanie Tyler’s post-Chaos world where daylight is rare and violence is abundant. It is a story about survival – in the post-apocalyptic world and in the MC. About loyalty – to friends, lovers, the Club. About change – for outdated rules, for oppressive views. And at its core it is a love story.

    The author created two incredibly appealing main characters who are strong on their own but even stronger together. Tru is a kick-ass female protagonist. She is smart. She is a survivor. And she isn’t above doing what has to be done in order to survive. She knows her mind and she isn’t afraid to speak it. But she also knows when to keep silent. Although a former “princess” of the MC she is not looking for a prince.

    Cas is not a typical “bad boy” male protagonist. He is not hiding a soft interior under a hard exterior. He is not a hero in disguise. He takes dangerous to an entirely different stratosphere. And he makes absolutely no apologies for who he is or what he does.

    DEFIANCE is a fantastic start to this new series. The story is deliciously dark. The world is refreshingly different. The setting is harsh, gritty, brutal. The characters rough, cruel, deadly, but also brave and fiercely protective. All of which makes for a wildly entertaining read.

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    On a personal note…

    I knew I was going to love this book. The description screamed that DEFIANCE was my kind of book. It was dark. It was sexy. It was delectable. The world was dangerous. The characters were fierce, ruthless, violent, deadly.

    I did not want the story to end. Which makes me really glad that this is a series and not a standalone. Even if the next book focuses on different characters.

    I loved meeting Cas and Tru. I loved getting to see the story from each of their perspectives and was intrigued by a third character’s point of view that was offered. I loved getting peeks at their history from before Tru ran off. I loved getting to see what their lives as members of a Motorcycle Club were like pre-Chaos.

    It took me a couple of chapters to get comfortable with the clipped style the author used for the dialogue and for the characters’ thoughts. But once I figured out the rhythm and got used to their vernacular everything began to flow. It was the perfect style to use and it fit the story so well.

    The world was fascinating. It held me captive from the moment I began reading. It was one I haven’t visited in any of the many stories I’ve read. My typical post-apocalyptic reads involve looking in from the outside on violent motorcycle “gangs” and not being plunged into their world. It was exciting. It was shocking. It was wicked.

    But it was the characters that I was most drawn to. I loved that each and every one of them was strong. I loved that even though Tru needed help to get out of her situation, she wasn’t a damsel in distress. She was totally kick-ass. And while Caspar may have been her one weakness, she was also his.

    Seeing the story, and their story, come together from each of their perspectives was awesome. It allowed me to get to know who they were in a way I know I never would have been able to had this story been told from just one of their point’s of view. The face each of them presented would never have clued me in on what they were really thinking at those key moments in each other’s lives. So I’m so glad to have had peeks into both of their thoughts.

    But I wasn’t too sure what to make of Mathias’ point of view when it was introduced into the story. I wasn’t sure why I was seeing the story from his perspective. And while I absolutely adored him, I am still not entirely sure seeing things through his eyes was absolutely necessary, even though it appears that the sequel will focus on him and his friend Bishop, a character who is a bit of a mystery.

    The Motorcycle Club culture is one I am not in the least bit familiar with. So I can’t say how closely the Defiance MC resembles a real one or whether it was modified significantly to fit in with a world that had been ravaged by storms. I’m guessing the general structure is the same, but that everything was amped up. Which made it incredibly appealing.

    This story is not one without violence. It was bloody. The characters were on edge, the world was on edge, so things tended to escalate pretty quickly. And Tru’s arrival put things that were already set into motion on the fast track.

    But I loved following along as all the pieces came together and the end game was revealed. And no, I’m not going to say whose end game that is. Or whether they won.

    Power struggles – internal and external to the Club. Secrets. Betrayal. Brutality. Sex. A love story. DEFIANCE brought it all. And I want more.

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    Favorite passage…

    There were a lot of passages that I considered favorites. Some were a bit too violent and some were a bit too sexy to reveal here. And while this one between Cas and Tru may be just a tiny bit spoiler-y it is one of my very most favorite ones.

    “You have to tell me things. Have to.”

    “Will. And you gotta play your game in public till all the shit finishes.”

    “I can do that.”

    “No can. Have to. Means your life. Means mine. And, Tru, in case you don’t know it yet, you’re my life. Yeah?”

    “Yeah,” she murmured back.

    This review is based on an eARC that I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

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    My Reading Pile #119

    The books I traded for arrived this week, or at least three of them did. And I am totally stoked that I’ll have a chance to read all of them just a bit early. I’ve been pining for a couple of them for a really long, long time so I feel all sorts of lucky this week.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I didn’t receive any review books in the mail this week, though one of the books I did end up requesting after last week’s My Reading Pile post was approved. And I did receive an electronic copy of Stacey Jay’s OF BEAST AND BEAUTY in anticipation of the tour I’ll be on in July. So I did receive some awesome books in addition to those I traded for.

    I’ve been dying to read REPLICA by Jenna Black since last year. When I first heard about a new YA series by the author I couldn’t wait for its release. Now I’m excited that I won’t have to. While it is Sci-fi, not my typical read, I just love the sound of this series and I love the author’s writing so I cannot wait to check it out.

    I’m also super stoked to have received 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. I’d heard chatter about this book and I just decided it was a must have. Of course, until I created this post I hadn’t actually checked out the description. But yes, it sounds amazing. Doppelgangers and parallel universes. How awesome is that?

    And of course I can’t wait to read THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson. While I hadn’t known it was a series-ending book until just the other day, I love its characters and world and am so excited to be able to read it early. And while I am giving this copy away as I requested and received the eARC since making, but before receiving, the trade, it is a book that I’m dying to get on my reading pile right now.

    But as I have two books already planned for this week, it will have to wait just a bit. For now…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (June 23, 2013 – June 29, 2013)

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    First up on the pile is ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey. While I did get the chance to read this quite a bit early, it was only a beta read and I want to read it again for review. At least that is my hope.

    I received an ARC for review from the publisher, Philomel, a couple of months ago and now that its release date is almost here I want to read it once more. While I never typically write reviews for books I beta read, I’m hopeful that since it’s been so long since I had read it and that this is a more finished version than the one I had previously, I will be able to write one.

    At the very least I’ll get the chance to read this amazing and gorgeous book again. Which is not a bad thing at all. Because I haven’t had much of a chance to re-read books this year. And this is one of those books that I really, really want to.

    Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

    With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

    Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, “Annabel Lee,” Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

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    Next up on the pile is DEFIANCE by Stephanie Tyler. I received an eARC for review a couple of weeks ago from the publisher, Carina, and I’ve been just dying to check out this New Adult title by the author. Bad boys and Motorcycle Clubs make this book sound incredibly appealing. And I can’t wait to meet the characters.

    Since the label “New Adult” was created I haven’t yet read a book that fell into this category, but when I read the description for this book I decided to take the plunge. It sounds dark and gritty and more than a little bit dangerous. And I can’t wait to enter this world of “semi-darknesss and near-total anarchy.”

    As I have no idea what to expect, I am not going to even try and guess. But as it sounds like just the kind of story I’m definitely in the mood for right now, I can’t wait to dive into it this week.

    Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

    Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home … and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough — and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

    Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response … and the inevitable fallout.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    PROXY by Alex London is my wishful thinking read this week. I never thought I’d become so fascinated with dystopia but I find myself drawn to these books more and more lately. And right now I want to see what this author has to offer with this first book in the series.

    While I know that I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I’m hoping to have time to sneak it on the pile during the holiday week next week. So for now it’s just a really big wish I have.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I managed to read all those novellas that I wasn’t sure I’d finish from the previous week’s pile before the challenge ended on Sunday. And I even managed to post my reviews for them throughout the week. I also managed to, finally, finish and post my review for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH which I read in May.

    I still haven’t had time to review INDELIBLE or finish writing that review for GODDESS but I hope to be able to complete both reviews this week. And while I did manage to read IF I SHOULD DIE, saying goodbye to the one series proved a bit too much and I still haven’t yet read BOUNDLESS.

    But I hope to do so this week. We shall see. As I really want to read CLOCKWORK PRINCESS for my reading challenge, maybe I’ll try for an easier series-ending book to tackle instead of BOUNDLESS, which I know will make me cry.

    I did end up giving in to temptation and went off pile to read THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau, which would have been a one-sit-read if it weren’t for work. But it was amazing. So worth it. Of course I read the introductory teaser for the next book in the series and now I’m all grumbly because I want to read more.

    I always find it fascinating how one story can resonate differently than another for me as a reader. The shape of the story was similar to so many dystopians. It was the very reason I didn’t fall madly in love with The Hunger Games books. I never really made much of a connection. I didn’t care about the outcomes except for a clinical interest in them. I didn’t connect with the characters in any real way. And I thought the first book was too derivative of books I had read.

    Yet, THE TESTING captivated me right from the start. I connected with the characters, I was engaged in the story and the one question I had that was bothering me was answered moments after I voiced it aloud.

    I suppose it’s how the words are put together on the page, how the story is presented. So no matter that it’s a competition, a “kill or be killed” environment, a journey fraught with peril – something I’ve read about time and time again – I fell in love.

    Anyway… now that I have read a couple more books, books I have yet to review, it means I have some catching up to do. And while I don’t think that’s going to happen this week, I’m hopeful for the next. But we shall see….

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    While I didn’t put any new requests in at NetGalley this week, I did end up getting approved for one title I requested just after last week’s My Reading Pile post went live. And that is…

    Time After Time

    TIME AFTER TIME (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone (Disney Book Group, Oct 8 2013)

    I just had to request this sequel so I could read both books in this series back-to-back and not have to wait for this book’s release to do so. And now I don’t. So I’m totally thrilled that I’ll be able to add each of them to the pile in August and finally get to meet Anna and Bennett.

    I still haven’t heard back about CONSUME, but I’m keeping fingers crossed.

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    I didn’t find a ton of new books on NetGalley this week. Whether it’s the quiet before the storm or not, I’m not sure. But I did find a few…

    IMPERFECT SPIRAL by Debbie Levy (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 16 2013)

    LICK (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott (Pan Macmillan, Jul 1 2013)

    FREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Oct 22 2013)

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    I spent much of the past week out for the count. Sick. So I didn’t get as much reading or blogging done as I’d have liked to. And with a bunch of real life stuff going on this week, I’m not sure how much I’ll get accomplished. But I hope to squeeze in a few hours of reading time. And perhaps a few more dedicated to writing those reviews I’m behind on.

    And with just the one blog tour stop this week, I should have a day or a few when I can actually post those reviews. I just have to write them.

    I’m still desperate to read EARTHBOUND so I hope I don’t go off pile to read it or forego writing those reviews I need to write. And I hope I can shake this desperate need to read more dystopian novels so that I do end up reading the two books planned for this week.

    As I found myself peeking at WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles, it’s also very possible I’ll deviate from plan to read that book this week. Which may not be a bad thing as I haven’t exactly been successful at the YA Contemporary Challenge I’m participating in.

    But I shall try to remain on pile and if I don’t you’ll find out next week as I guiltily reveal just what was left behind.

    Anyway… as always, I hope you received some amazing books for review or ones just to read purely for pleasure. And I’d love to hear what you plan on reading this week, as it may tempt me away from my current pile. Not that I want to be tempted away from it….

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    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Q&A with ‘DEFIANCE’ Author Stephanie Tyler + Giveaway

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    I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Author Stephanie Tyler to the blog to answer a few questions about her new book DEFIANCE which releases TODAY!

    DEFIANCE is a New Adult title and the first book in the author’s new series of the same name. When I read the book’s description and the short excerpt, which is included below, I just had to make it my first New Adult read. It sounds so deliciously dark, with a fierce heroine and a bad boy or two.

    But it was the “post-Chaos world,” “near-total anarchy” and the Motorcycle Club that made this book a must for me. Well, that and a quote from the excerpt – “You’re going to undo me,” he murmured finally.

    As I did ask quite a few question… again… and there are all sorts of awesome details about the book and author to check out, I will skip the long intro.

    But just one thing…

    Be sure to check out the DEFIANCE page on the author’s website for an awesome image of the MC’s logo and for a longer excerpt from the book.

    … or two.

    And the second book in the series, REDEMPTION, is slated for release on September 16, 2013 and is available to pre-order at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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    About the Book

    Defiance

    Title: DEFIANCE (Defiance #1)

    Author: Stephanie Tyler
    Publisher: Carina Press
    Release Date: June 10, 2013
    Format: eBook
    Genre: New Adult (futuristic/paranormal)

    Description…

    Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

    Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home…and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough–and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

    Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response…and the inevitable fallout.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    About the Author

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    Stephanie Tyler was a Secondary Ed teacher for grades ranging from middle school to college while she pursued a PhD in English Literature, all while trying to convince herself that she would get back to her dream of writing as a career eventually. When her daughter was born with serious medical problems, Stephanie found inspiration in the fighter her child proved to be—and found her own way back to writing.

    Today, Stephanie writes what she loves to read — romantic suspense with military heroes. Stephanie also co-writes paranormal erotic romance for Bantam Dell under the name Sydney Croft. Stephanie is a member of RWA and NINC, both professional organizations for authors. She lives in New York with her husband, children, and Gus the Weimaraner, and she is always working on her next novel.

    She loves hearing from readers, so please feel free to peruse her website at www.stephanietyler.com.

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    The Interview

    Hi Stephanie, I’m so happy to welcome you to the blog for an interview/Q&A. Your new adult novel DEFIANCE grabbed me immediately. It sounds a little bit dark, dangerous and sexy and totally kick-a**.

    Thanks for having me! And yes, those are great words to describe Defiance — and especially Caspar. 🙂

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    Q. As my blog has largely focused on YA, my readers may not yet have had the pleasure of “meeting” you. If you had only 25 words or less to describe yourself, how would you do so?

    I’m a voracious reader who loves bad boys, alpha males and tattoos. I’m a writer who gets to write the stories I like to read.

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    Q. And if twenty-five words just weren’t enough, what one other detail would you like to share?

    If I had to pick another career, I’d be a singer in a rock band. (This could only happen if I was granted a wish that made me un-tone deaf.)

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    Q. You have an impressive number of successful and enticing titles to your name, but DEFIANCE is your first novel in the new adult genre. What made you decide to take the leap into this genre?

    I don’t really have enough control over my characters where I can sit down and say, I want to write a New Adult book. For me it was such a natural progression of the way I already write — I think exploring a character’s past, especially those years between 18 & 25, because they’re so fraught with angst is so important and I realized that I could actually write about characters at that age now instead of making them older and going back and describing their past. I can show them living it.

    Plus, Tru and Caspar just arrived in my mind – they are who they are, you know? I couldn’t change their ages anymore than I could change the fact that they’re part of an MC. 🙂

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    Q. How has writing a novel for the new adult genre differed from writing paranormal romance and romantic suspense? Were there any changes to the process? To the plot? To the characters? Did you find it easier? More challenging? Did you keep a different audience in mind?

    This book has fewer POVs — I typically include lots of subplots in the suspenses and the PNRs. But this book found me shifting to mainly the hero and heroine’s pov, with several of Mathias’s scenes. And nothing about this book was hard. I got the spark of the idea when I was on the treadmill (I tend to plot and talk to myself while I’m walking and listening to music, which is why I can only do it in my house and not at the gym — or they’ll cart me away) and I went to the computer and within three hours, I had the first several books mapped out plus the first five chapters written. When a book and its characters shout that loudly at me, I tend to pay attention.

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    Q. While it may be too early to tell, what do you like most about writing new adult?

    For one thing, it was my first time writing in first person — not the heroine or hero, but a secondary character whose voice came through that way. I absolutely loved it, and his book will definitely see me writing more first person pov. But also, I simply love that timeframe between the ages of 18 − 25. They were such an amazing time in my life — first time freedoms as well as mistakes.

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    Q. You mention on your website that you pitched DEFIANCE as “Sons of Anarchy meets the apocalypse.” Without revealing too much, what can readers expect from this first book in your new series?

    In Defiance, you’ll learn about the Chaos, a series of massive storms following a meteor hit close to an active volcano. Picture hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, but all happening at the same time. The world’s struggling to rebuild three years later, but the Defiance MC was really in a perfect position to thrive. They’re built on violence and chaos and anarchy and they’ve always been tough enough to survive most anything.

    But Caspar, the head enforcer of the MC, doesn’t know if he’ll survive Tru’s return. She’d got the power to ruin all his plans, and he’s got a tough choice to make — claim her, or kill her.

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    Q. Characters are such an important part to the story. In DEFIANCE, your leading characters are Tru and Caspar. What can you tell us about each of them?

    You’ll meet Tru Tennyson — former princess of the Defiance MC. Her father was the head enforcer, which entitled her to a lot of privilege in the club. Before she ran away, she was dating Silas, the son of the head of the MC. But she’s really in love with Caspar, Silas’s illegitimate brother. And Caspar’s my favorite kind of character — a true bad boy who respects the woman he loves.

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    Q. Did you have a favorite scene to write in DEFIANCE? If so, what made it your favorite to write?

    I had a lot of favorite scenes, but a particular favorite was the fight and party scene when Tru first comes back. Mathias asked Caspar when they’re going to be allowed to finally have some fun (although he asks far more colorfully than that!) and it was awesome to watch the younger generation of the MC dance and party and go wild, even in the face of the Chaos. They still had some normal in the face of all the adversity.

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    Q. What is it about romantic suspense/paranormal romance that appeals to you as a writer? Do you prefer creating the relationships or writing the action sequences?

    My books begin and end with the characters — they’re the driving force and so they yank me all over the place. I follow their lead and try to keep up, whether they’re doing relationship stuff or fighting for their lives.

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    Quickie ‘Favorites’ Qs

    Favorite writing spot… Bed.

    Favorite writing tool – mac, pc, pen, pencil, etc… Mac or Clairefontaine notebook and Pilot Precise V7 Fine.

    Favorite time of day to write… Between 11PM and 2AM. Always been a night owl.

    Favorite way to write – silence, with music, etc… Music, the louder the better.

    Favorite book you wrote… Always the last one I finished 🙂

    Favorite character you created… It’s a toss up between Jake from Hard to Hold and Caspar from Defiance.

    Favorite book you read in 2013… I don’t know if either of these are 2013 releases but it’s a toss up so far between The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Labon and Something Like Normal by Trish Doller.

    Favorite writing snack… Chocolate. Any kind.

    Favorite moment as a writer… Hitting the New York Times Bestseller list was pretty cool 🙂

    Favorite source of inspiration… Everywhere. But reading and TV are top choices.

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all those questions for me and my blog’s readers. I, too, am a fan of bad boys, alpha males and tattoos and cannot wait to discover them all in DEFIANCE.

    I love that the story and characters screamed at you to be written. And that Tru and Caspar are exactly who they are and there’s nothing you could do to change them. Those are the best kinds of stories to read. Everything connects, makes sense, flows naturally.

    And I really cannot wait to learn more about the Chaos and what Caspar decides to do about Tru. It sounds like he doesn’t have an easy decision ahead of him.

    DEFIANCE sounds incredible and its characters are ones I can’t wait to get to know. Thank you so much for sharing just a little bit more about them, your book, yourself and your writing.

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    The Excerpt

    “You can’t give up on me now.”

    “I already did that, a long time ago.”

    “I don’t believe you.”

    “You didn’t know me, Tru. Never did.”

    “But you know me. And I’m not giving up — I won’t give up enough for both of us.”

    He muttered — mainly curses — under his breath. She ran a fingertip over his lips. “You’re going to undo me,” he murmured finally.

    “And then I’ll put you back together.”

    “You have no idea what you’re asking.”

    “I do. You want someone to stand by you while you try to fix everything here. You told me.”

    His eyes flickered, a little surprised. “You were too drunk to remember anything that night.”

    She smiled, trailed her hand along to cup the back of his neck. “I remember everything about the time we spent together.”

    He waited a beat, a muscle in his jaw twitched as he clenched it, his eyes searching hers. Looking for something that she knew she could give him. “That was before,” he told her finally.

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    The Giveaway

    I am offering up for giveaway a Kindle eBook copy of DEFIANCE to THREE (3) winners.

    The giveaway is open to anyone, 16 or older, who can accept Kindle eBook gifts from the Amazon US store.

    Just leave a comment about what most appeals to you about DEFIANCE and enter in the Rafflecopter, below.

    (There are a couple of extra entry opportunities for following the author on Twitter and liking her Facebook page.)

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #87

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of August 28th-September 3rd that I had and have pre-ordered.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Embers & Echoes is the second book in the Wildefire series by the author. The third and final book in the trilogy, Afterglow, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I had Embers & Echoes pre-ordered from the second it was made available for eBook download. And I also pre-ordered a copy of the hardcover because I just had to see if it was every bit as gorgeous in real life as it seemed online.

    While I had the chance to read it early. Twice. I know I’ll be reading this book again and again and it will be so much easier on my Kindle. And as I have read and reviewed it, I can’t speculate as to what might be happening with Ash as she leaves her life in California behind for an adventure in Miami, because I already know. But I can say that this Polynesian Volcano goddess does not have an easy road ahead.

    There are battles. There is danger. There is heartbreak. And there is page after page of captivating story that makes me wish I could pick it right back up again.

    Speechless by Hannah Harrington was released on August 28, 2012 in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    Speechless is the second book of Hannah Harrington’s that I’ve pre-ordered. And while I still haven’t had a chance to read Saving June, I couldn’t resist putting her next book on my list of books to buy.

    This book sounds incredible. I can’t wait to meet Chelsea Knot and find out if she’ll be able to stick with the vow of silence she’s taken. I am curious to learn just how tough it will be for her to keep silent in the face of the “ridicule” and attacks she has to endure. And I really want to know if she’ll be able to forgive herself for the part she played in almost getting someone killed.

    I’m not sure when I’ll get to read this sequel, but I’m hoping to be able to add it to the pile this fall. Because I’ve been dying to read a book by this author as I’ve heard such amazing things about her writing. And because this story sounds fascinating and possibly heartbreaking.

    Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers the print edition is 448 pges.

    Enshadowed is the sequel to author Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.

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    I think I’ve talked about Enshadowed enough. I’ve had it pre-ordered since early 2011. It was my only remaining pre-order for 2011, in fact. And it’s finally been released. Which means I will be devouring it as soon as I finish my current read.

    I have missed Varen and Isobel. I have been dying to find out what will happen to him. Things were left in a dark and haunting place. And I want to see if they’ll get even darker or if there is any possibility for a happy ending.

    I have no idea if this is the final book in the series or if there is more to come. And I don’t want to know. Because I have got to read this book right now. Even if it means after this long, long wait that I will have to say goodbye to the characters and story forever.

    I loved the connection the author made with Poe in her first book and I can’t wait to see just how much Poe and his stories play a role in this sequel. I probably will miss many of the more subtle connections, but I am looking forward to trying to discover them all. Which will hopefully be in a day or two.

    The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

    The Blood Keeper is the second book in author Tessa Gratton’s The Blood Journals series.

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    The Blood Keeper is another book I’ve had pre-ordered for the longest time. I fell head over heels in love with Blood Magic last year and was dying to get to read more from author Tessa Gratton. She is a gorgeous writer and has such a beautiful, poetic way with words that make her stories just cling to me.

    I love the dark aspect to her stories and can’t wait to see how the darkness blends with the beauty in this one. I’m excited to meet Mab and to see just how blood magic affects her life. And I really excited to find out whether any of the characters from that first book make an appearance in this one.

    The Blood Keeper is another book that I hope to read this week. I don’t think I can wait any longer than that to find out what happens with Mab and Will and the “dangerous force” that is seeking “its own dark power.”

    Isolation by Dan Wells was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print length is 75 pages.

    Isolation is a prequel novella in the author’s Partials series.

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    While I have not yet read Partials, I just had to pre-order Dan Wells’ novella Isolation. I’ve been in love with the covers for these books and I’ve been dying to dive into Partials for awhile now. Especially as I’ve heard such amazing things about it from a few bloggers I know.

    I can’t wait to see what life is like in this novella set long before the events in Partials, when the world was in a war of isolation and energy was at a premium. I’m super curious to find out how the author handles the power struggle of the various nations and where “ambition far outstrip[s] its foresight.”

    And I am excited to meet Heron and see just what she discovers on her mission into enemy territory. I’m still debating whether to read this prior to reading Partials or if I should just wait and read the books in the order the author intended.

    Starling by Lesley Livingston was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Starling is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Lesley Livingston.

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    I have been a huge fan of author Lesley Livingston for the longest time. I feel in love with her Wondrous Strange series long before I started blogging and I’ve been desperately waiting for Once Every Never to be available for the Kindle.

    So when I heard that she had a book called Starling coming out I instantly added it to my list of books to buy. And while I did get an early copy through a trade, I didn’t get a chance to read it. But I will be reading my eBook copy very, very soon. Possibly as soon as I finish this post….

    I was tormented by the quote in the description – “Love is just the beginning… of the end.” Absolutely, maddeningly cruel. In the best possible way.

    I can’t wait to meet Mason Starling. and I can’t wait to see Fenn again, as I am dying to find out why he’s lost his memory and whether he’ll get it back. I am so intrigued by the promise of Norse mythology and I am excited about the fact that this book has both “sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.”

    Waiting any longer to read this book is just not an option.

    Defiance by C.J. Redwine was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Defiance is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author.

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    I have been fascinated by this book ever since I saw its cover and title. I added Defiance to my list of pre-orders in part because of cover love, in part from the promise of what the story would hold based upon its title and in part because the main character can “deftly wield a sword.”

    I hope to be able to read this book very, very soon. I want to see what’s going on in Baalboden. I want to meet Rachel Adams. And I definitely want to meet Logan McEntire. But most of all I can’t wait to see what happens as they “battle their way through the Wasteland.”

    This story sounds epic. The main character sounds fiery. The protagonist sounds swoon-worthy. And any book with monsters, assassins, romance and heartbreak is one I am sure to enjoy.

    Don’t Tun Around by Michelle Gagnon was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Don’t Turn Around is the first book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE Trilogy.

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    I first learned about Don’t Turn Around just before the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and instantly added it to my pre-orders. I loved the sound of this world from the moment I read the description.

    Intrigue. Hackers. Mystery. Amnesia. Danger. And romance.

    Yes, this book has just about everything I love. And as I haven’t read anything quite like it in YA before, I’m excited to meet the characters and see just how the author presents the story. I’m very curious to see just what secrets they hold and whether they’ll be able to find the answers they need before it’s too late.

    While I know I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I am really hoping to read it mid-September.

    The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and ebook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    The Iron Legends is the bind-up of three former eBook only novellas, Winter’s PassageSummer’s Crossing, and Iron’s Prophecy.

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    I love that all three short eBook novellas are contained in a bind-up. I pre-ordered The Iron Legends in ebook format although I have the first two…possibly all three… stories already as eBooks. But I love that I’ll be able to read all three without having to search for them on my Kindle.

    And I love that this has a little something extra something called the “Guide to the Iron Fey.”

    I’ve read Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing but I still have to read Iron’s Prophecy. So I will be reading it from this eBook bind-up versus trying to track it down wherever it lives on my eReader.

    Julie Kagawa wrote such a delightful series with her Iron Fey books. And while I still haven’t been able to say goodbye to the series, I am glad that I have yet another peek into the world with the Guide, which I will be checking out next weekend.

    Erasing Time by C.J. Hill was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    Erasing Time is yet another book I pre-ordered based on cover and title before even checking out the description. I was fascinated with the idea of erasing time and so curious to see what that meant in context with the story that I just had to buy it no matter what the description might say.

    And then I checked that out too and was even more curious to read this book. The idea of waking up four hundred years in the future is terrifying. And to a world that exists under domes, where the language spoken is hardly recognizable, is even more frightening.

    I can’t wait to meet Taylor and Sheridan and find out how they manage to survive in this futuristic world. And I’m very interested to learn more about Echo and find out just what secrets he holds.

    This story promises heartbreak and “adrenaline-injected chases” and I can’t wait to read all about it.

    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    The Lost Girl sounded so unbelievably heartbreaking I just had to add it to my list of pre-orders. The idea of the story – a girl created to replace someone else in the event of their death – is both chilling and just so very sad.

    Just reading the description and I already feel my heart aching for Eva and for Amarra’s family. I can’t imagine what Eva’s life must have been like just knowing she could be ripped from her home at any moment and be forced to step into someone else’s life and play the part of them for the rest of her life.

    I am so curious to see what choice Eva will make – stay an echo or become an original. And I’m so interested in finding out more about Eva, what it was like to have to study Amarra and then have to become her, and just how this story will end.

    This sounds like an incredible debut novel and one I cannot wait to get the chance to read. Hopefully I’ll have the time to sneak it in early this fall.

    Inbetween by Tara Fuller was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Inbetween is the first book in a new series entitled Kissed by Death by author Tara Fuller.

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    I had the chance to read Inbetween just a little bit early, but I did not get the chance to finish it. I’m so glad that I pre-ordered the eBook as it will be much easier to read the finished eBook version.

    This story has romance and reapers, a good boy, a bad boy, a good girl and an evil one. It’s sweet and fun and I am very curious to find out what I missed between where I left off and where the story ended. Yes, I took a peek.

    I don’t want to say too much more as I might completely, and very unintentionally, spoil the ending. But I will definitely be picking this book back up to catch up with all that stuff inbetween.

    Silver by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2012 (thought it’s official release date is September 8, 2012) in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 386 pages.

    Silver is the first book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. The second book in the series, Gold, is slated for release in 2013.

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    Oh my gosh I can’t wait until Silver downloads to my Kindle this weekend. I absolutely loved this book from the moment I met it. I had no idea I would. It took me completely by surprise. And it was an absolutely awesome one at that.

    I didn’t discover this book because of its cover – but it’s a gorgeous cover. I’d heard of the author for quite awhile on Twitter, but I hadn’t realized that Silver was her book and that it was coming out in September. Not until I was invited on the tour.

    So, yes, I decided to read it early. Yes, I’ve written my review. Yes, I completely and totally loved it and am now suffering the long wait until Gold is released next fall…2013 that is.

    I cannot pretend to guess what might happen in this book because I know exactly what happens. And I didn’t forget one single moment of action, romance, nail-biting suspense or heartbreak.

    And I could never forget how easily I connected with the story and the beautiful and enchanting writing that was used to deliver it. Writing such as this, from a quote included in the description – “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

    Oh I may have just sighed again. And I may just have to re-read this book the moment it downloads next weekend. Because I still haven’t lost that connection with Brianna, Blake or Austin and I’m not sure I’m ready to let go just yet.

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    UPDATE: I apparently have yet another book pre-ordered this week that hadn’t been included on my post earlier today….

    Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2012

    Published by: Harlequin TEEN

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I KNEW I couldn’t possibly have missed Iron Prophecy’s release! I knew I owned, and read, the first two novellas in the bind-up, but I wasn’t sure about this one. Well, clearly, since it hadn’t been previously released, it couldn’t possibly live anywhere on my Kindle.

    And while I already have this eBook included as part of the bind-up, I still plan on purchasing this short novella separately. Why not, right?

    END OF UPDATE

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    I had thirteen fourteen books pre-ordered – not nine or ten as I’d thought! Twelve of which have already downloaded and which are vying for my attention on my Kindle. Fortunately I’ve already read a couple of them, though I want to read both of those again. But not counting those potential re-reads, that still means books in the double digits are being added to my TBR pile. And I don’t even want to think about what this quantity of books is doing to my wallet.

    Especially since next week there are a ton of new releases, too.

    I have been waiting a very long time to read quite a few of these books, some of which I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to read early like I’d wanted to. And others I didn’t have the opportunity to read in advance, but am dying to read this week. I really hope I’ll have that chance. But that remains TBD.

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    The Trailers: August

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books releasing in August, a peek at a few of those coming out in September and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at an author talking about their book.

    While I may have already included a few of those August trailers in the June/July peeks, some were just too good not to repost.

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    Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Rift by Andrea Cremer

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Wake by Amanda Hocking

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (AuthorAmandaHocking)

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    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (heatheranastasiu)

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    Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    And because I just had to…

    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    The Kill Order by James Dashner

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (hellogiggles)

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    The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Defiance by C.J. Redwine

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Erasing Time by CJ Hill

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (azwriter1) – unofficial trailer (?)

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    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (SanguMandanna)

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    Speechless by Hannah Harrington

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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    For just a peek at what’s coming in September and beyond….

    Outpost by Ann Aguirre

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    Origin by Jessica Khoury

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Entice by Jessica Shirvington

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Because it is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Venom by Fiona Paul

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

    Release date: January 15, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – Level 2 Cover Reveal

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    And for a look back at one or two we may have missed….

    The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

    Release date: July 10, 2012

    (Lisa M. Stasse)

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    Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

    Release date: July 10, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Here’s what one author is saying…

    False Memory by Dan Krokos

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (hyperionteens) – the author talks about his recently released book

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #16

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of April 19th-April 25th that I have pre-ordered.

    Defiance is the fourth book in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. It will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

    It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Razorbill, a division of the Penguin Group, the print edition is 259 pages.

    I have had this book on my watch list for awhile and continued to check back week after week until I could pre-order it for my Kindle. I love the author’s writing and her young adult series has me hooked. And, of all the books in this series, this one has my favorite cover.

    I am slightly ashamed to admit that I haven’t yet read the third book in the series, Jealousy, as I started to read it and discovered that I definitely needed to go back and re-read the first two books as I felt a bit lost. Although I have a clear memory of the characters and the major events, some of the minor details slipped my mind and I didn’t want to lose anything important by reading it without having all details firmly in place.

    Of course I ended up reading the description for this book, which I will not put here, as it does have spoilers. Drat! But this definitely sounds like an exciting adventure filled with danger for Dru, so I am going to attempt a four book read-a-thon soon so that I can get all caught up.

    Book trailer for Defiance: (Definitely has that kick a**, hard-edge background music which fits the story perfectly)

    The Coven’s Daughter is the debut young adult novel for author Lucy Jago. It will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in hardcover format and was previously published in the UK in May 2010 by Bloomsbury under the title Montacute House.

    It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 256 pages.

    The Coven’s Daughter is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    Although I don’t have this book on pre-order since it’s not yet available in eBook format, I am expecting to receive an advance copy this week that I acquired through a trade. I am always looking for new debut author’s to discover and the description I’d read made this sound like something I’d be interested in.

    It is certainly something different from what I’ve been reading lately and at only two hundred and fifty plus pages it looks to be a quick read. The story is set in Elizabethan times in the 1500’s and promises “[w]itchcraft, politics and religious ambition” which sound like a very dangerous mix. Plus, apparently Montacute House is a real place, which I had not known when I first added this book to my TBR pile. Check out the details here on the author’s website.

    I can’t wait to take a peek at this book and I’m so glad they re-titled it for an American audience. I would definitely have passed it by with the UK title as it immediately conjured up a vision of Dickens’ Bleak House which I can say – loved it, but been there, done that and not ready for a third read.

    The first chapter of The Coven’s Daughter is available to read on the author’s website, HERE.

    The Goddess Test is the debut novel for Aimée Carter. It is scheduled for release in the U.S. on April 19, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and in paperback at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 304 pages.

    The Goddess Test is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    I’ve already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post so I won’t go into endless detail here. Also, I’ve recently finished reading this book and it’s as amazing as everyone has been saying and since my review will be up soon – either on release date on the 19th or the wider distribution date on the 26th – I don’t want to reveal too much here. But this is definitely not a book to miss.

    Even before I read it, this was on my watch list, but I only just added it as a pre-order because it wasn’t available for the Kindle until very recently.

    As with most books I read based on advance copies, I wonder just how different the finished copy is and hope I get a chance to re-read it soon.

    Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz will be released in the U.S. on April 19, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 288 pages.

    This was another book that had a lot of buzz so I decided to pre-order it quite awhile ago. I then noticed it on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program and downloaded it to read and review. I’m in the middle of reading this book as I write this post, so I’m trying not to let my opinion after-the-fact influence why I wanted to purchase this book in the first place.

    Aside from what I heard about Invincible Summer through the blogosphere, I am a huge fan of contemporary YA fiction – almost as much as paranormal YA stories – and I wanted to check out this book, written by a young author, to see what her viewpoint and style are. I hadn’t yet read anything by the author, so I thought this would be a great introduction.

    I like summer stories, and ones that take place over time as the characters grow and change always appeal to me. The author mentions that her stories tackle familial relationships, which are also always of interest. So I knew before even starting to read the eARC that I’d definitely want this one for my collection.

    I haven’t seen a trailer, but the author talks a bit about Invincible Summer in this video from Simon & Schuster:

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    Thankfully – for both my wallet and my TBR pile – this is another fairly quiet week for releases. It seems that HarperTeen is waiting for April 26th to release a slew of new “must reads,” so I have a bit more time to catch up on my reading.

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And please let me know if I missed purchasing something that is a “must read.”

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