Wednesday, May 1, 2013

RELEASE DAY Never Let You Fall by Michele G Miller

I am beyond excited to be a part of this release day! The time has finally come for one of my closest friends to release her debut book. I've read the entire book and I'm blown away at the talent she has. 

You can check out my review here.


A special Excerpt just for you...

“What do you feel?  Anything strange?” 

She flung her hands up in the air as she answered me. “Yes, I feel something strange!  This whole thing is strange!” 

Placing my finger on her lips, I shook my head in frustration.  “Skye, what do you feel here?” I asked again, pointing to her chest.  “How do you feel?” 

She stood for a moment with her lips lightly pressed to my finger, slowly closing and reopening her eyes.  There was a sheen to them that spoke of unshed tears, and as she raised her hand to pull mine away from her mouth, I saw her fingers tremble when  she whispered, “I can’t deal with this, Xander.” 

“Yes, Skye - you can and you will,” I warned her.  “This is going to happen whether you want it to or not.  I told you that I’m safe, and I…” 

Skye broke into hysterical laughter at that.  “Safe?  You’re telling me that a legion of demons is after me and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.   How in your book does that equal safe?”

“You don’t know me, Skye, and you don’t know Rioden and… what we can do.  I told you that I would protect you, and I will.” 

Shaking her head, she took a small step back and admitted, “You’re right about one thing, Xander,” as she wiped a tear from her face.  “I don’t know you, so how can I trust you?  No matter how you make me feel.  Please just leave me alone.”  She spun on her heel and sprinted away, leaving me to stare after her.

About the Author

 Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of a enigma.  She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow.  However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter! 

Her family, a doting husband and three awesome  minions  have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Never Let You Fall is Michele’s first novel and she is beyond thrilled to have finally followed up on a dream she has held for over 20 years!  God willing there will be many many more books to follow.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BLOG TOUR Sacrifice by Stacey Rourke

Celeste Garrett has finally found a happy balance in her life as the Chosen One, thanks in large part to a certain hunky Irishman. But if there’s any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling it’s that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything she’s ever encountered, causes her to make a gut-wrenching choice that will strip her of someone she holds dear.

As much as she’d like to have a pity party for one, there’s no time for that now because wedding bells are ringing in Gainesboro! In between dress fittings and rehearsal dinners Celeste will have to fend off attacking demons and leering pirates. As if the Dark Army wasn’t scary enough our heroine is faced with the horrifying trauma of attending a bachelorette party with her mom and watching Grams do Jello shots. Is a walk down the aisle even possible for a member of the Garrett family when the Dark Army is out to destroy them? More importantly, will the Dark Army Glee Club sing at the reception?

Raise your glass to the happy couple, and get ready for a wedding…Conduit-style.


Rowan has never been anything but honest about what he is … a pirate and demon that has found himself tangled with the Dark Army. For centuries his only motivation has only been his own self-serving needs. But changes are stirring within this seductive swashbuckler now that he’s met the Conduit. Meeting Celeste awakened a yearning within him to claim her as his own. Can he resist the temptation to use his ability against her when with a simple touch her mind can become his to bend and play with?


Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012. 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the Gryphon Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects.


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Sunday, April 14, 2013


THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE and I have a special announcement to make. I've been kind of MIA lately and that is because I've been super busy working on writing my own book! I'm doing my best to try and balance reading, blogging, and writing - but it's kind of a day to day struggle! So, I promise I will continue to try and do my best! But now onto the fun stuff.

Today I celebrate my birthday and twenty-five years since I made an appearance into the world! In honor of my birthday, I have a few things to share with you. First, is this lovely photo of me as a wee little baby. I couldn't find one in my stash of me as a newborn, so you will have to settle with me being a chunky infant instead. You're welcome. Second, is something I have been dying to share with you all for some time. MY BLURB! Yes, it's finally perfect and ready for the world to see!

Also, do you see the nifty little banner up there? Well the silhouette is actually a picture from my cover shoot! I just couldn't wait until May to share some of them so I had to be creative and find a way to do that without giving away too much. I think I did a pretty swell job, don't you? Okay, back to the blurb.

Here it is! The blurb for Promise Me This...

Welcome to the South - where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. This Southern way of life is all Charlie has ever known.  It’s not until she loses the only person who pushed her to break free of the Southern Belle mold that she starts living the life she needs and not the life her parents forced on her.

Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember - constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life.  His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move.

Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother’s apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother’s death.  Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should. 

Only a few questions remain - Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it?

WHEW. I feel like I could shout and sing from the rooftops I'm so happy to finally get this out there! But wait folks - there's more! I've also got another teaser for you. It's a Jhett POV teaser, so enjoy!

“It’s kind of hard to think when you have me in such a compromising position.”  She wiggled against the hands beneath my grasp.  I never held her hands down too tight or against her will, but I’d figured out what she liked, and it was exactly that. 
“I could guess one thing you’re thinking about right now.”  I let go of one wrist, which left me free to explore the curves underneath me that continued to drive me wild.  My hands slid down her chest and side, blazing a trail straight to her thighs.  Her unsteady breaths let me know that she was enjoying every minute of the sensuous torture I had planned. 
Charlie’s hand slipped up to my face, and she locked her eyes onto my own; the deep blue color acting as my kryptonite.  “I’ve only got one thing on my mind…”   The soft pad of her thumb ran across my bottom lip, sending a shiver down my spine.  She caught me off guard as she pressed her lips on mine with only the slightest amount of pressure, causing me to breathe in deep through my nose. 
“How many hours of sleep you’re going to get after I rock your world all night?”  I couldn’t even recognize my own voice anymore.  It was deep and husky, filled with a kind of need and lust I’d never heard come out of my mouth.  
Charlie took my earlobe into her mouth, only running her teeth lightly over it before she released my sensitive flesh.  “What bathing suit I’m going to wear tomorrow at the bonfire…”  
Now I'm off to go shove my face with birthday cupcakes. Yum! Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes! 


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

COVER REVEAL Never Let You Fall by Michele G. Miller

Today I am excited to be a part of one of my good friends cover reveals! It's been really awesome to watch Michele's vision come to life. Just look at this gorgeous cover. I've been obsessing over it since it was sent to me. I'll also tell you this - I've read some of Never Let You Fall and you will not be disappointed. Add this to your MUST READ list ASAP!


Book One - The Prophesy of Tyalbrook
A YA Fantasy Romance Series
Expected Release Date- May 1, 2013

Orphaned at 7, with no memory of her past or the family she lost, 17 year old Skye Martin is tired of being alone and afraid. After a hard night of partying, Skye wakes up alone in an unfamiliar hotel. All she can remember is the deep voice of her rescuer and his promise: “I am safe.” Xander has been tasked with watching Skye from afar for the past two years, in order to keep her safe from the demons that hunt her. An easy job - until a pair of red glowing eyes reveal themselves to Skye, and Xander, in a moment of weakness, is forced to break his cover to protect her. Never good at trusting people, Skye is inexplicably drawn to Xander and the immediate bond she feels for him. However, Xander is filled with secrets and ties to her past that threaten to thrust Skye into a world she could never imagine existed… As she begins to unravel the truth about who Xander is and the details surrounding her family, she discovers that she might just be the key to saving everything...  And, most importantly, she finds that there has always been someone by her side who would never let her fall…


Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of a enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter! Her family, a doting hubby and three little minnions, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

Never Let You Fall is Michele’s first novel and she is beyond thrilled to have finally followed up on a dream she has held for over 20 years! God willing there will be many many more books to follow.

You can add Never Let You Fall on Goodreads.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

COVER REVEAL Broken Gates by D.T. Dyllin


Book two in The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Cover Artist: Lindsay Tiry
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 24th, 2013

P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late.

In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before there’s nothing left to save.

After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she'd have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?


So I've had the pleasure to Beta read for this book and oh my goodness! First of all, if you haven't read Hidden Gates you need to. This isn't your average Paranormal Romance series. It's a New Adult Paranormal Romance and that just makes everything better. So let's talk about this cover. The purple is gorgeous and hellloooo sexy shirtless man! And notice that little dragon on the side? EEK! Did I mention there's dragons in this book? It's fricken awesome! 


Cynical-Optimist. Chocolateholic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer . . . are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two very spoiled German Shepherds.


You can find Broken Gates on Goodreads
Look for D.T. Dyllin everywhere!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

BLOG TOUR Shattered Promises by Jessica Sorensen


**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content. (A re-imagining of The Fallen Star told as a New Adult Paranormal)

For twenty-one year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. She knows nothing about her past and has been haunted by the same monsters in her nightmares for the last few months. Unemotional and numb to life, she feels disconnected from everyone. Until the very first day she cries. After that, nothing in her life is the same.
Her emotions slowly surface and she starts experiencing love, happiness, and anger, feelings she never knew existed. But they leave her confused and she doesn’t know whether to embrace them or run away from them.
Her life only gets more complicated when she meets Alex. Sexy, arrogant, and secretive, Alex can get under Gemma’s skin like no one can. Yet she’s drawn to him by an invisible connection she has no control over. She’s also seen him before. In her nightmares.
Every part of Gemma’s mind is screaming at her to stay away from Alex, but every other part of her is begging to get close to him. But the closer she gets, the more she realizes Alex knows more about her than he originally let on.
As secrets about her past unravel, Gemma’s life becomes threatened. She needs to figure out what’s going on, before she winds up dead. But the only person she can turn to for answers is the one person she isn’t sure she can trust.

I'll start of by saying The Fallen Star was the very first book I read by Jessica Sorensen and I have been a huge fan of hers ever since. When I heard that she was re-writing The Fallen Star into a NA series, I may have jumped up and down and clapped like the silly little fan girl I am. And then I waited....and waited...and then I begged for an ARC. And then I got it and I read it that day. Because, like I said, I'm a fan girl. And I fell so much more in love with all the characters I already knew so well! So I'm going to try and write this review without too much comparing between the two, but I can't promise anything.

You should know that you most definitely can read this book without reading The Fallen Star! You won't be missing out on anything(other than another great book) if you read this before or don't read the other at all.

Gemma has always known a life without the loving family and emotions that everyone else seemed to get. In fact, she doesn't ever remember crying. But one day, she does, and she begins to experience every emotion that she had never felt before. Happy, sad, tired, frustrated, hurt, and even lust, all coming at her hard and fast, leaving her little time to processes everything. On top of it, she meets Alex and she can't shake him out of her mind. But Alex is arrogant and downright rude to her, which may or may not only fuel her desire to be around him more. What Gemma doesn't know is the secrets that Alex holds might undo her entire outlook on her world, and his as well.

As Gemma starts to learn of a word full of Keepers, Witches, Foreseers,Vampires, Death Walks, Faeries, and so much more, so do you. You feel as if you're Gemma learning everything for the very first time, fitting together the missing pieces of the puzzle that is her life.

I loved Gemma in this book. She was much different than in The Fallen Star. Now Gemma is a women and despite her unemotional upbringing, she doesn't let that phase her when it comes to her new emotions. She knows what she wants and what she needs and she'll do what it takes to get it. She doesn't back down and cower when new situations present themselves, and I admire that in a female character.

Alex was just as big a butthole in this book than in The Fallen Star, but he is still a favorite of mine. He has a mission is is sent to do when it comes to Gemma, but there's a pull that draws him to her. He breaks the rules, regrets it, and then does it again. It's a vicious cycle that he doesn't know how to fix. You can really identify with him throughout the book. You can't help but cheer him on to make the right decisions!

There's a few other characters that will capture your heart. Aislin is Alex's sister who is gorgeous and smart but with supernatural talents of her own. And then there's Laylen, who is by far my favorite character. He has a scene in the beginning when you first meet him that just confirmed everything I thought about him before. He embraces what he is in Shattered Promises  instead of being ashamed of it in The Fallen Star, which makes him even more appealing and loveable.

I need book two to be out already because I can't wait to see what is in store with this grown up Gemma and Alex. They're so much more compatible in this book and I loved every minutes of it!



You can find Shattered Promises on Goodreads and Amazon.
You can find Jessica Sorensen on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

Monday, March 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR & TOP FIVE Wolf Spell by M.R. Polish


With a death starts a new beginning...

Eighteen-year-old Esmerelda thinks she’s just a normal girl, but all of that changes the day of her mom’s funeral, when a warlock, intent on using her special powers, kidnaps her. Powers she didn’t know existed. Thrown in the middle of a magical battle, Es struggles to learn her magic while fleeing both vampires and warlocks, at the same time, hunting for the witches that can help defeat her adversary. The only problem is that they are dead.

Thankfully, she has the help of Jarak—her Guardian—who quickly captures her heart, but she wonders if she can win his? Just when she thinks Jarak is the one for her, Ian appears with daggers drawn to save Es from a vampire attack. Ian is cocky and rude, but there is something magnetic about him—something that attracts her to him. With her heart torn between two men, she faces the foes that are out for her blood. Can Es do the unthinkable and awaken them from their graves before time runs out?

Witches, Vampires, Guardians and spirit wolves - OH MY. I've read a lot of paranormal books with all these types of characters in them, and I have to say, this storyline is still very unique! I felt like I was learning about a whole new world(can I telleport there, please?) and it sucked me in. I was up until 5 AM to finish reading!

Esmerelda lead a normal life growing up. It wasn't until her mom passes away that her life goes haywire. And it's not because of normal events that follow the death of a parent. It's the fact that she learns she's a very powerful witch and has a very important role to play in a world she knows nothing about.

Esmerelda immediately captured my heart. She was so naive and sweet. I wanted to hug her and make her my BFF. But as her adventure progressed, she matured so much. I loved that she still held onto that innocent eighteen-year-old heart, but she was more confident and really grew into who she was.

There was also a really great love triangle, which we all know I can't resist. I had tweeted M.R. that I was all about Jarak, Es's Guardian. He's so protective of her as he gets drawn to her more and more. They are both so sweet about it, lusting after each other but not knowing how to react to their feelings. And then comes Ian, Jarak's brother, and I jumped ships. I'm a total bad boy lover and he got me with his splash of sweetness, too. How lucky is Es to have two awesome Guardians pinning after you? I may have been a little jealous.

 In all, I'm itching for the next one. We were going full speed ahead and I want to know what happens! We are left with so many possibilities to ponder and it's killing me. But that just makes me love Wolf Spell that much more!



I got to ask the lovely M.R. Polish what her Top Five Guilty Pleasures were. I think we would get along just fine with some of these answers! Chocolate, half naked men, and dancing. Sign me up!

1. Symphony Milk Chocolate Bars
2. Historical Native American Romances... You know the ones with super hot throbbing, bare chested warriors that kidnap the white woman and they fall in love? Ya, those.... *Swoon
3. Love Michael Jackson songs. I turn them up and sing along every time.
4. Total Twilight fan =)
5. Dancing in the house (usually when no one can watch lol)


You can find Wolf Spell on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.
You can find M.R. Polish on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

BLOG TOUR I Am Alive by Cameron Jace


Every girl dies - not every girl really lives.

Sixteen-year-old Decca Tenderstone feels captivated when she meets Leo, who is arrogant, silent, beautiful, and shoots almost every one he meets.

the usual boring girl meets badboy story... hmm... with a twist ...

They live in a dystopian future in Los Angeles where every sixteen-year-old is ranked on a scale from one to ten to determine their future. Outranks, who are considered a danger to society, are forced to attend the Monster Show, a brutal sacrificing ritual that is broadcasted worldwide on live TV, where rebellious teens are labelled Bad Kidz or Monsters and get to fight for their lives in deadly games.

To prove that you're still alive you have to scream I Am Alive every six hours. Lower your voice, and you're dead.

Decca doesn't need Leo's company. She has secrets of her own. While they both can't stand each other, she will find out why she doesn't fit into any rank.

Nothing will stand in her way as she has to make choices concerning love, life, staying alive, growing up, and finding out who she really is.


I'm a Dystopian nut. What can I say? It's my roots of where I started reading as an adults and I absolutely love the idea of the future that's not like the Jetsons. When I read the blurb for I Am Alive, it caught my eye immediately. It takes place in Los Angeles, which I am very familiar with growing up in San Diego and I always love stories where I can relate to where it is happening. 

We start off by meeting Katie on ranking day. She's is pre-ranked to be middle class and seems to be okay with that. She's content she's not going to be lower than a five, which would make her an Outrank and have consequences for her family, but she has a whole hidden agenda. She wants to get into the Monster Show and she has an amazing plan with an even more interesting reason behind it. 

This may make me a morbid person, but I love the idea of the Monster Show. Not because innocent children are dying, but I love the suspenseful emotion that it fires inside me. You start to become everyone's cheerleader, but you also start to feel the conflicted emotions of what would you do if you were in that situation. It's nerve-wracking! I felt like I was there and it's creepy and intriguing all rolled into one. 

You also meet Leo, a rock star of his time, who is mysterious and also it's questionable if he's trustworthy. I liked him from the beginning but I wanted to know more. I wanted to know his story. I STILL want to know his story, even though you learn bits and pieces of it, but I will have to wait until the next book. In fact, there's a whole lot of things I still want to find out, which makes this book so awesome. You get so sucked into this new world that you are left wanting more.

Another favorite part of mine was all pop culture references. First it was the added Z's to words and then when I found out about The Breakfast Club, I about had a heart attack. Also, the Monster Show takes place where Disneyland used to be! And they ride on some of the old school rides and I kept thinking, "I've been there! I've done that!" It was pretty cool. 

Last but not least, there's a love interest in this book. It's sweet and not the whole story, but everyone needs someone to ship in books and you will definitely be a Leo and Katie shipper! Or else we can't be friends. Okay, maybe we can. Maybe! 


You can find I Am Alive on Goodreads and Amazon,  
You can find Cameron Jace on Facebook, Twitter and his blog


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BLOG TOUR Exhale by Jennifer Snyder


Inhaling in life is easy. It’s the exhaling—the letting go— that’s the hard part.

Katie Elliot has always known the Conner twins. For years she secretly pined after one, while playfully averting the advances of the other. Once upon a time, she was fine with that. Then came the moment when her twin of preference kissed her and changed everything.

As if realizing love can be complex—even when it’s reciprocated— isn't hard enough, tragedy strikes, tearing Katie and the boy she’s always desired apart. Finding herself torn between love and guilt, Katie must learn when it’s acceptable to let go—when it’s finally okay to exhale.


The blur and the cover really made me excited to read this book. I grew up by the beach, so it's something that has always played into my heart's song. I also am a sucker for love triangles. Both of these things seemed to be present in Exhale just based upon looks alone.

Katie is a young girl whose two best friends are her twin neighbor boys. Derek is the strong silent type that Katie can't get out of her mind, while Kyle is the loud, obnoxious one that not-so-secretly pines after her. Derek and Katie finally let each other in on their feelings for each other, but then comes a tragedy that strikes the entire town, directly effecting Katie and Derek's relationship and themselves as a people.

Katie is your typical teenager. She has wants what she can't have while her best girlfriend is flirty and outgoing. Once she finally gets Derek, she falls deeply. Ah, the joys of young love. I also enjoyed Derek and Kyle throughout the book. Kyle was a great character who I thought added a lot of fun into their story. Derek was strong and protective and always did what he felt was right. I admired that.

That being said, I had to look past some things to really enjoy Katie's story. I felt like something was missing from the beginning of the book. It started off great and then just felt very rushed after that. I felt like Derek and Katie went from zero to thirty in five seconds flat. I understood it was young love, but I guess I didn't feel the character development before they got there. Katie seemed very one dimensional to me as the main character. I just couldn't feel that attachment to her, although I did feel it with Derek and Kyle. I would have liked to see some more development of the story before the night of the first party. 

In all, I liked the storyline and most of the characters. It was a sweet and painful tale of young love, which everyone has experience in one way or the other.



You can find Exhale on Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.
You can find Jennifer Snyder on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog


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Saturday, March 2, 2013

BOOK TRAILER Sacrifice by Stacey Rourke

April is around the corner, which means I can start getting pumped for the release of the third book in the Griffin Series, Sacrifice by Stacey Rourke. You can see my reviews on The Conduit and Embrace and check them out for yourself.

If you needed some more motivatiation, here's the book trailer for Sacrifice!

Friday, March 1, 2013

BOOK BLAST Silver-White by Shawn Underhill


“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
~ Robert Frost

Evie’s family has been holding out on her …
Big time.

On an unexpected visit to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows.


Shawn is a part-time writer from New Hampshire, where he spends his free time hiking in the mountains, camping, racing dirt bikes, or anything else that keeps him outdoors. Dogs are his very favorite people. He is also the author of the novel All Things Different. 


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