Saturday, August 16, 2014

Finding Willow" by Michelle K. Pickett: Prequel to UNSPEAKABLE. #mustread

I have another great cover reveal to share today. The novella "Finding Willow" by Michelle K. Pickett is a prequel to "Unspeakable." The story is told from Brody's point of view, and did he ever get one rockin', steamy cover...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22921756-finding-willow-an-unspeakable-novella

Finding Willow” is the prequel to “Unspeakable,” the touching romance between Brody and Willow that explores one girl’s quiet strength to survive the unbearable weight of a family secret alone, and the love and resolve of a boy determined to help her.
   Brody Victor lives life on the fringes. Moving from school to school with each transfer his mother’s job requires has taught Brody well: If there’s one thing harder than making friends, it’s saying goodbye to them. So he’s learned to close himself off. He’s a loner, and that’s how he likes it.
When his mother accepts a permanent position in Wisconsin, Brody begins to slowly open up. But old habits die hard and, for Brody, making friends doesn’t come easily. That is, until he meets Annabelle. Brody loses himself in her. Their connection runs deep and, for the first time, Brody truly lets someone inside. But life can be cruel. An unexpected job transfer uproots Brody from his home in Wisconsin, and Annabelle.
 Vowing not to get involved with another girl after the heartbreak of losing Annabelle, Brody returns to life on the outside looking in. A loner by choice. Until he finds Willow. Friendly and beautiful, a guy can’t help but notice her, but Brody notices more than her beauty. When she flashes her full smile, a spark is missing from her hazel eyes and for reasons unknown to him, Brody needs to find the reason.
Along the way, he stumbles across a secret bigger than both of them.

Don't forget to check out "Unspeakable" for more of Willow and Brody's story. 
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22858765-unspeakable
Happy Reading!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Norse Vs Greek



SIMILARITIES:


1. They both have many gods

2. Zeus and his brothers and sister fought their father and the Titans (older Greek gods) and took over as the main gods

Odin and the Aesir (gods from Asgard) fought the Vanir (Norse gods from Vanaheim) and took over as the main gods.

The reason for the wars were very different though

3. The Olympians gods (Zeus and the rest of the gang) allowed some of the Titans to live with them, but either killed or imprisoned the rest.

The Aesir (Odin and the rest of the gang) and Vanirs just got tired of fighting and called a truce. To create peace Goddess Freya and her brother Freyr and another god went to live in Asgard while two Vanir gods went to live in Vanaheim.

For the sake of peace, half of the dead/slain warriors went to Odin in Valhalla and the other half went to Freya in her field/hall.

4. They had numerous love affairs including with humans to produce demigods. In Norse mythology, you don't hear a lot about these demigods though.

DIFFERENCE:

In Norse mythology, there are nine realms (worlds):

1. Asgard (home of the Aesir gods):

2. Vanaheim (home of the Vanir gods)

3. Alfheim (home of the light Elves)

4. Midgard (home of humans) The rainbow bridge (Bifrost) connects Midgard and Asgard. Midgard is in the middle of the realms

5. Svartalheim (home of the dark Elves)

6. Nidavellir (home of the Dwarves).
Dwarves were master craftsmen. They forged Thor's hammer and Odin's spear

7. Jotunheim (home of the giants): Even though the giants from Jotunheim were sworn enemies of Aesir, the gods would take giantesses as lovers and have children with them.

8. Niflheim is the coldest and misty region in the north. Somewhere under the ground in Niflheim is Hel

9. Muspelheim-Home of fire giants and demons. It is way south, it's hot with volcanic activities.



Unlike the Greek gods, Norse gods used magic. Vanir gods used incantations, sorcery and charms.

Goddess Freya taught the Asgardians this kind of magic when she moved to Asgard. The knowledge was passed on to worthy human to fight evil.

Odin was the first to get runes and used them to do magic. He taught the other gods runic magic, which were passed on to worthy humans


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teaser Tuesday | Hunted #TheGuardianLegacy

Title:  Hunted
Series:  The Guardian Legacy [Book 3]
Length:  358 Pages
Genre:  YA Fantasy

TEASER
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14448616-hunted

Frowning, I studied him. Would he say yes? Just because women did the asking didn’t necessarily mean men said yes. I’d never attended a pactus, the mating ceremony performed in the temple of Goddess Xenia in Xenith—the Guardians’ homeland. Nephlings weren’t allowed in Xenith, and since my grandmother was human, that meant Bran and I would not be mated there.

Not liking the direction of my thoughts, I glanced at Kim, who was sipping her slushy. “Thanks, Kim.”

She cocked her right brow. “For what?”

“Talking to me about Bran.”

She shrugged. “I didn’t say anything you don’t already know.”

“True.” We exchanged a smile. “But I’m happy you did anyway.”

She shrugged again.

“Well, I’m going to read in the cabana for a while.” I nodded toward the one set aside just for us Cardinals.

“Remember, we’re leaving in one hour,” she reminded me.

“I know.” I reached for the book in my tote bag, my hand brushing against the strap of my dagger’s belt. Even on vacation, we carried weapons just in case demons attacked. Not that they would dare come after us on The Island.

A shadow fell over me, the silhouette of the wings reaching Kim. Squinting, I looked up at Bran and fought a blush when he studied me with twinkling emerald eyes.

Water droplets glistened like diamonds on his tanned chest, the scar of the Guardian amulet light between his pecs. Funny, I once thought the scar marred the perfection of his golden skin. Now it was a reminder of how much he’d sacrificed to leave the demonic world and join us.

“Done showing off?” I asked, smiling.
http://www.amazon.com/Hunted-Guardian-Legacy-Ednah-Walters-ebook/dp/B00C3KTPQ0/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

Friday, August 8, 2014

COVER REVEAL: UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett

I'm excited to share with you the official cover reveal of UNSPEAKABLE by a fellow Spencer Hill Press author, Michelle K. Pickett. UNSPEAKABLE is a young adult contemporary romance that is scheduled to release in February of 2015. Check out more information below and make sure to add it to your TBR List! 
 
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance (Realistic Fiction)
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: February 10, 2015
 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett     

Unspeakable

by Michelle K. Pickett

Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
 
 
Summary from Good Reads:
 
“Breathe. No one will break me. I’m strong. Breathe. Just breathe.”
On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school—Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of. 
She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn’t walked away. If she had just… but she didn’t. And now she has to live with her choices. But when someone uncovers her family’s past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind.
When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow’s life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn’t satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life—with Brody—and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she’s worked so hard to hide.
Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?

 

ABOUT MICHELLE K. PICKETT:


Michelle is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.
Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.
Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014. 
Keep up-to-date on her current and future projects at www.michelle-pickett.com.
 



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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Join Ednah's Elite Valkyries @EdnahWalters #EliteValkyries



Do you want to join an incredible YA Paranormal street team? If so, check this out! We are recruiting members to be part of Ednah's Elite Valkyries and help spread the word about Ednah.


What is an Elite Valkyrie?


Young adult paranormal readers everywhere that have read & love Ednah's work can become a member of Ednah's Elite Valkyries! We are not afraid to try new things and blow caution to the wind. There is a paranormal fan in everyone, won over by the millions of paranormal authors out there, and we are here to take charge. Do you want to join our team and find out if you have the ability to take the challenge presented to you? Then this is where you need to be!


What does the Street Team do?


The street team is a vital part of Ednah Walters's growth. Members will be helping us spread the word about The Runes Series & The Guardian Legacy Series and Ednah Walters. You can tweet, Facebook, blog, etc.. There will be giveaways so re-tweeting and using the hash-tags #TeamEdnah, #EliteValkyries, #TheGuardianLegacy, and #RunesSeries, with the link http://goo.gl/e0Wc4h will be important. We will post new missions often in the group and email them to members as they are available. So make sure you give an email address you check often. So, are you up for the challenge?


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Teaser Tuesday | Immortals [Runes Series: Book 2]

Title:  Immortals
Series:  Runes [Book 2]
Length:  343 Pages
Genre:  YA Paranormal

TEASER
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18218570-immortals

“Are we rollerblading, bowling, rock climbing, or just blowing our money on video games?” Cora asked, waving to someone she knew.

“Rock climbing.” Eirik glanced at me and cocked his brow. I shrugged. I didn’t care what we did. It was nice to be around people who didn’t recognize me and treat me like stale leftovers.

We paid the climbing fee, got our wristbands, and headed toward the arc leading to the high-ceilinged rock climbing room. Most parents preferred to keep their kids jumping, tumbling, and playing dodge ball in the Jump Zone, so there were very few under-ten kids around machines. The walls were popular with people of all ages. I’d seen kids half my age race up the walls like giant spiders.

Boisterous laughter welcomed us when we entered the rock climbing room, and I saw why. The football players, their girlfriends, and fans filled most of the tables and chairs, eating pizza and recapping today’s win.

My eyes found Torin, and something inside me wilted. He was getting the star treatment, two cheerleaders by his side and two more seated behind him. He looked up, and our eyes met. He cocked his brow, as though surprised to see me.

Yeah, right back at you, pal.

http://www.amazon.com/Immortals-Runes-book-Ednah-Walters-ebook/dp/B00EBTGGCW/ref=pd_sim_b_1

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

RUNES: Review and Some Important News

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I love reviews, especially those with GIFs, so when I saw this review for RUNES, I just had to share. The review is by Ria of A Bookish Escape. Thanks, Ria for making me laugh.




Valhalla, Odin, Freya, Hel, Valkyries Oh MY!

My head and my heart hurt…Runes was awesome! The ending not so awesome :0( I don’t want to be spoilery but it’s pretty cliffy and not a good situation for my girl Raine. Look that’s not a bad thing but for ME?!!!! Someone with a pretty strict reading schedule it’s a deep burn. Like down to my soul. Lol I wish I could just toss every book in my way through the shredder but no worries my pretties it won’t be long!

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R-eality, Raine’s life is about to change. The changes are closer to home than she knows.
U-nique, as far as new transfers go Keyville is loaded with them and one has put a target on Raine.
N-orns, soon Raine will come face to face with her past present and perhaps future.
E-scaping, fate should never be tampered with but Torin’s heart gives him no choice.
S-ecrets, everything has been revealed Raine knows the stakes but is not prepared for the blow fate has in store.

Pum, pum, pum! Okay so confession time, at the beginning I wasn’t in love with Raine. She was very contradictory she would say I’m ignoring them forever and then be all up in the business one second later. I also am not a huge fan of how she handles Eirik, though we get some foreshadowing and a bit of resolution towards the end she still has a ways to go. Raine’s feelings are explained so her actions are justified in a sense but it’s still frustrating. Even through all of that she demonstrates a fire and she loves fiercely so yeah she has a lot of growing to do but she doesn’t have a ceiling and I can’t wait to see her kick butt!

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Torin on the other hand…Love at first sight! His first enemy was himself big on following rules he denied his heart but once he lets go there is no end to what he would sacrifice for Raine. He is awesome I heart him pretty freakin hard! There is a point in the book where he opens up to Raine and its magical!

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The story wow! Norse Mythology where in fictional lit have you been my whole life? This is the first book I’ve read that has touched on those sexy Northmen and I hope it’s not my last!! ;) Don’t get me wrong my name is Zeus’ mom’s name so... "much love" to Greek mythology but…Thor? yea nuff said ;) I love this concept and Ms Walters nails it I’m dying to continue this series like yesterday so I absolutely recommend it!!! Bravo bravo!

My Rating
4.0 Swim Team, BFFs, Harley, Sapphire, Healing, Norns, Missing, Mirrors, Dance, Jealousy, Sacrifice, Competition, Lightning, Freakshow, Deal, Recruiting, Family Tree, Desperate Plea, Secrets Revealed, Long Awaited Embrace, Shattered Heart, Determined Love filled stars! For a great fantasy/ paranormal read that will have you salivating for more pick this up NOW!!!