Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, December 29, 2014

All About Middle Grade Review: Fairylicious


Fairylicious (Fairylicious, 1) by Tiffany Nicole Smith, April 29, 2013. 234 pages. Published by Twisted Spice. Source: author.
Bex meant well. She always means well, but somehow trouble follows her wherever she goes. Bex thinks she's doing something nice when she blows out her birthday candles and wishes for fairies for her and each of her friends. The good news: Bex's wish comes true. The bad news: Maize, Blush, Olive, and Iris are not the fairies the girls were expecting.

These fairies are allergic to pixie dust and afraid of heights. On top of that, every wish they grant ends up being a disaster. Bex thought fairies were supposed to make life easier. Between these fractured fairies, an aunt and a teacher who seem to hate her, and the perils of being the biggest kid in the sixth grade--will Bex survive?
First Sentence:
"B...E...X," I said to myself as I traced the wooden letters on my bedroom wall with the dusting cloth.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Catholic Review: Finding True Happiness

Finding True Happiness by Fulton J. Sheen, July 15, 2014. 80 pages. Published by Beacon Publishing. Source: borrowed from mom.
Are you perfectly happy, or are you still looking for perfect happiness?
Most people are still actively searching for true and lasting happiness, but are looking in the wrong places. It s easy to be misled into believing that happiness is found in money, rank, or renown. While these things are not inherently bad, and can in fact be used to do much good, they will, in the final analysis, not bring a happiness that endures.

Once we realize that nothing less than a complete union with God will satisfy our souls, we will not let transitory things distract or disappoint us. This is because then, according to Fulton Sheen, you put no more hope in things than they can bear. You cease looking for first-rate joys where there are only tenth-rate pleasures.

In addition to addressing the topic of joy vs. pleasure in Finding True Happiness, Fulton Sheen also helps us gain the right perspective on things such as loneliness and the secret of sanctity. This brings us to our ultimate purpose, which is found in God alone. Only by losing oneself in God, will we find our true selves-- and true happiness along with it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, December 22, 2014

YA Review: Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising (Grisha, 3) by Leigh Bardugo, June 17, 2014. 417 pages. Published by Henry Holt and Co. Source: Library.
The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
First Sentence:
The monster's name was Izumrud, the worm, and there were those who claimed he had made the tunnels that ran beneath Ravka.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

DNF Review: Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company

Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, 3) by Homer Hickman, June 10, 2014. 336 pages. Published by Thomas Nelson. Source: BookLook Bloggers.
Crater Trueblood has to rescue his ex-girlfriend . . . and the entire human race.

Maria Medaris is the 21-year-old matriarch of the most powerful family on the moon--gorgeous, powerful, and high-maintenance. When she is kidnapped by green-lipped, gene-splicing scientists, Maria's only hope turns out to be the very man she once spurned: Crater Trueblood.

Crater and the Lunar Rescue Company must rescue Maria before she joins forces with the lunatics who have taken her hostage and aim to make her queen.

Turns out more than Maria is at stake: the planet Earth, majestically rising over the lunar horizon, is in the crosshairs of an asteroid engineered by Maria's abductors. If Crater can't stop it, humanity on Earth will be destroyed.

The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance . . . and the clock is ticking.
First Sentence:
Beneath the vast Michael Collins Dome in Armstrong City, Medaris Enterprises guards held back curious pedestrians as Dr. Maria Medaris strode purposefully from her corporate headquarters building and into the backseat of her limobug, her assistant Miss Torricelli settling in beside her.

Catholic Review: My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich

My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich by Dietrich von Hildebrand, October 21, 2014. 352 pages. Published by Image. Source: Blogging for Books.
One of the great overlooked dramas of the Nazi period! A gripping story of one man’s readiness to risk everything to follow his conscience and stand in defiance of tyranny.

Dietrich von Hildebrand was a German Catholic thinker and teacher who in response to the rise of Nazism devoted the full force of his intellect to doing public battle with Hitler for the hearts and minds of the German people.

His story might well have been lost to us, were it not for a memoir, penned near the end of his life at the request of his younger wife. Here he tells of the scorn and ridicule he endured for sounding the alarm when many still viewed Hitler as a positive and inevitable force. He recounts the sorrow of having to leave his home, friends, and family in Germany to conduct his fight against the Nazis from Austria. He tells how he defiantly challenged Nazism in the public square, prompting the German ambassador in Vienna to describe him to Hitler as “the architect of the intellectual resistance." And throughout it all, he conveys his unwavering trust in God, even during his harrowing escape from Vienna and his desperate flight across Europe, with the Nazis always just one step behind.

Friday, December 19, 2014

YA Author Interview: Natasha Deen (author of The Guardian)


Guys, I am really excited to welcome Natasha Deen to the blog to discuss her latest book The Guardian. I'm really excited because I have enjoyed her books, True Grime and Angel Maker, and am thus quite excited to have her stopping by to talk about The Guardian (y'all must read the why's on this book).

About the Author:
When I was little, there was only one thing I wanted to be when I grew up: a superhero. Sadly, this goal was made moot when I realized that being a klutz was not in fact, a super power, and my super-weakness for anything bright and shiny meant that a magpie with self-control could easily defeat me in a battle of wills. Hence, the turn to writing as an occupation. I don’t get to live on a secret space station orbiting the earth (and thank God, because I get motion sick on a merry-go-round), but I still get to wear leotards, a cape and say things like, “STAND ASIDE! THIS IS A JOB FOR WRITING-GIRL!”

You can haunt Natasha Deen at-
Goodreads | Website | Twitter


Interview

1. In seven words tell us about The Guardian.

Help him or be haunted by him.

2. Tell us about Maggie's abilities regarding the dead? If you could describe Maggie in just three words, what would they be?

She can see the newly (and confused) dead—the ones who’ve died but don’t realize it, and then she helps them let go of this life and cross to the next. Maggie in three words: kick-butt, funny, smart.

3. can you share with us a two sentence teaser from your favorite chapter of The Guardian?

Lol, for the record, every chapter is my favourite, but here are two great lines: 

When your dad owns one of the few funeral parlours in your town, you get used to seeing dead bodies, but when the dearly departed is in the trunk of your car, curled up where the spare tire should be,
it’s a little different. Especially when the corpse belongs to the late but unlamented Serge Popov, the biggest bully and dumbest jock ever to set foot in Dead Falls, Alberta.

4. Natasha, what drew you to writing about a character who could help the dead transition on to the next phase?

Curiosity. There’s so much we don’t yet know about our world and so little we know of the things we think we know. Anyone whose ever read a physics or science book and learns about quantum mechanics, Schrödinger’s cat, alternate time lines and universes, pi, the golden ratio knows what I mean…it’s all so exciting and wonderful, and it got me wondering about what the other side might look like. Also, making Serge dead and bonded to her was the best way to give Maggie a hard time, and as a writer, my life is all about tossing my characters in the deep end and seeing what might happen. ;-)

5. If you could have tea with any author, dead or living, who would it be? What would be the first question you asked them?

Actually, I think I’d want tea with the guys who invented writing. And one of my first questions would be, “Dudes, “ph” makes the “f” sound and “k” is sometimes silent. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!” 

6. Last book that you couldn't put down? Why couldn't you walk away from it?

I just finished re-reading Robert McKee’s “Story,” which is hands-down (no pun intended) one of the best books for writers. Great info, simply told.

7. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose?

Hero or heroine: Maggie. She’d get it sorted.
Supporting character: Nell. Those robots would be too scared to do anything!

8.  From any, young adult, book that you've read, which character would you befriend in a heartbeat? Why?

Last fall, I read the Seven series, and I’m just about to start the Seven Sequels. I’d be buddies with any one of those guys. They’re resourceful, fun, smart, and funny.

Natasha, thanks so much for stopping by! Such fun answers! I think I enjoyed most the one about why you wanted to write about this particular ability of Maggie's!

Readers you can find out more about Maggie & Serge HERE, and about Natasha by visiting her on FB and Twitter


Guardian by Natasha Deen, September 1, 2014. Published by Great Plains Publishing. 
For seventeen-year-old Maggie Johnson, transitioning the dead isn't hard. What's tough is surviving the insults and pranks of Serge Popov, high school thug and the dumbest jock to ever set foot in Dead Falls, Alberta. When she finds him dead and later discovers his spirit trapped in her room, she figures it's a case of divine justice. Let the jerk rot for eternity, bound to an earthly prison. But someone - or something - has a different agenda. If Maggie doesn't help Serge cross over, she'll die at the hands of the otherworldly entity that's taken an interest in the dead bully. As she digs into the circumstances of Serge's murder, she'll uncover the secrets hidden by the world of the living and the wonders revealed by cities of the dead - if her investigation doesn't kill her first.

You can add Guardian to your Goodreads shelves.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All About Middle Grade Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There


The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland, 2) by Catherynne M. Valente, October 1, 2013. 304 pages. Published by Square Fish. Source: publisher.
September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey in The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .
First Sentence:
Once upon a time, a girl named September had a secret.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, December 15, 2014

YA Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, 3) by Stephanie Perkins, August 14, 2014. 339 pages. Published by Dutton. Source: Library.
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
First Sentence:
It's midnight, it's sweltering, and I might be high on vicodin, but that guy-that guy right over there-that's him.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Catholic Review: The Way of Perfection

The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Ávila, March 1, 2009 (originally published in 1583). 183 pages. Published by Paraclete Press. Source: Borrowed from Mom.
God will always give us more than we ask for

Millions have read and benefited from this book since it was first written nearly 500 years ago. St. Teresa's message of humility, simplicity, persistence, and faith is replete with language that is at times earthy, and full of self deprecating humor.

Rendered here into contemporary English, St. Teresa's words, with their warm-hearted approach to Christian transformation, will help you look deeply into what it really means, sometimes in the smallest of details, to have a relationship with Jesus.
"Teresa lays out the time-tested path of Christian tranformation and union with God for those of us who will never be monastics, much less desert-dwelling hermits. Who among us does not need to know how to turn trouble into spiritual good, how to lovingly bear minor slights and major wounds, how to forgive and offer compassion?"
Paula Huston, from the Foreword

Thursday, December 11, 2014

YA Review: The Sixteen

The Sixteen (Soul Jumpers, 2) by Ali B., July 18, 2014. 206 pages. Published by New Shelves Publishing Services. Source: Cadence group.
There are people out there who don't die with their bodies. Their souls live on in the bodies of others. Some good, some bad-they are soul jumpers. Nothing in Iris Brave's world make sense anymore. Her father, Micah, is still alive-his soul survives in the body of a teenage boy. It is up to Iris and a group of soul jumpers called the Sixteen to save Micah. To do so Iris must take on the unscrupulous leaders of the Council. Can she save her father? Will she survive?
First Sentence:
I felt the cold pressure of the ice pack on the back of my head.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Vintage Reads Review: Toads and Diamonds

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson, March 30, 2010. 288 pages. Published by Henry Holt and Co. Source: Library.
Diribani has come to the village well to get water for her family's scant meal of curry and rice. She never expected to meet a goddess there. Yet she is granted a remarkable gift: Flowers and precious jewels drop from her lips whenever she speaks.

It seems only right to Tana that the goddess judged her kind, lovely stepsister worthy of such riches. And when she encounters the goddess, she is not surprised to find herself speaking snakes and toads as a reward.

Blessings and curses are never so clear as they might seem, however. Diribani’s newfound wealth brings her a prince—and an attempt on her life. Tana is chased out of the village because the province's governor fears snakes, yet thousands are dying of a plague spread by rats. As the sisters' fates hang in the balance, each struggles to understand her gift. Will it bring her wisdom, good fortune, love . . . or death?
First Sentence:
Diribani ran toward the stepwell. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Catholic Review: Introduction to the Devout Life

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, April 9, 2002 (originally published in 1609). 288 pages. Published by Vintage. Source: my mom's book collection.
Francis de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life has remained a uniquely accessible and relevant treasure of devotion for nearly four hundred years. As Bishop of Geneva in the first quarter of the sevenjteenth century, Francis de Sales saw to the spiritual needs of everyone from the poorest peasants to court ladies. The desire to be closer to God that he found in people from all levels of society led him to compile these instructions on how to live in Christ. Francis’s compassionate Introduction leads the reader through practical ways of attaining a devout life without renouncing the world and offers prayers and meditations to strengthen devotion in the face of temptation and hardship.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Children's Book Review: Escape to California

Escape to California (Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures, 12) by Jeff Brown and Macky Pamintuan, August 26, 2014. 128 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: publisher.
Flat Stanley is back to save the day in the twelfth exciting Worldwide Adventures chapter book, just in time to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary! This time, we follow Flat Stanley as he explores San Francisco, California. The Lambchops are on a family vacation to San Francisco. But when Stanley saves a girl from barreling down one of San Francisco's steep hills in her wheelchair, he's shocked to find that she's actually been looking for him. The girl, Lily, is trying to perform an amazing trick that no one has done before—escaping from Alcatraz prison—and she needs Stanley's help! Can the famous flat boy help in this sticky situation?
First Sentence:
The hills in San Francisco were so steep that all the parked cars looked as if they were going to roll away.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, December 1, 2014

All About Middle Grade Review: The Ring of Rocamadour

The Ring of Rocamadour (Red Blazer Girls, 1) by Michael D. Beil, July 13, 2010. 298 pages. Published by Yearling. Source: Library.
It all began with The Scream. And ended with . . . well, if we told you that, it wouldn’t be a mystery! But in between The Scream and The Very Surprising Ending, three friends find themselves on a scavenger hunt set up for a girl they never met, in search of a legendary ring reputed to grant wishes. Are these sleuths in school uniforms modern-day equivalents of Nancy, Harriet, or Scooby? Not really, they’re just three nice girls who decide to help out a weird lady, and end up hiding under tables, tackling word puzzles and geometry equations, and searching rather moldy storage rooms for “the stuff that dreams are made of” (that’s from an old detective movie). Oh, and there’s A Boy, who complicates things. As boys often do.

Intrigued? The Red Blazer Girls offers a fun, twisty adventure for those who love mystery, math (c’mon, admit it!), and a modest measure of mayhem.
First Sentence:
For as far back as I can remember, I have told everyone I know that I am going to be writer.

Friday, November 28, 2014

All About Middle Grade Interview with Michael Scott Miller (The Phony Farkleberry)


Today, I am excited to welcome Michael Scott Miller, author of The Phony Farkleberry. to the blog to discuss his middle grade book and his favorite book detectives (one of whom happens to be a favorite of mine as well-can you guess who).

 About the author:
Michael Scott Miller says there is no greater compliment than when his readers say they became emotionally invested in his characters.

Michael found the inspiration for his first novel, Ladies and Gentlemen...The Redeemers, from the talented but poor musicians that stake out territories and collect change from passersby in the subways of Philadelphia. This story of a band, cobbled together from down-and-out musicians, has been described as "a lesson in persistence, perseverance, salesmanship, and faith," and as "a fun, feel good story."

You can haunt Michael Scott Miller at-
Goodreads | Website | Twitter |


1. In five words describe The Phony Farkleberry.

Brainy fifth-graders investigate art theft

2. So, did you always plan on having their first case be that of an art heist? Other than trying to keep their parents in the dark, what's the hardest (non-spoiler) thing they'll face while trying to crack the case?

I did.  I wanted the kids to get pulled into their first mystery sort of by accident.  And to make the story appropriate for children, the crime committed needed to be non-violent.  Having one of the kids’ parents work in an art gallery where a painting is stolen and replaced with a copy seemed like the perfect solution.  As readers will learn (no spoiler, I think), this first case introduces them to Detective Michael Johansson, a recurring character in the series and a source of future cases.  

The hardest, non-spoiler thing the kids have to face is grown-ups who don’t take their findings seriously.  However, they learn to use their age to their advantage as they discover that there are benefits to being underestimated.

3. Can you share a two sentence teaser from your favorite chapter of The Phony Farkleberry with us?

Wow!  I thought condensing the storyline into a book jacket blurb was difficult!  LOL.

One of my favorite chapters is when the kids become suspicious of a well-to-do married couple in their town who happen to be big patrons of the art gallery.  In one of the scenes, the athletic Tubby (a nickname left over from his early childhood) and the reluctant Dontrelle attempt to spy into their house at night.  Tubby climbs a tree overlooking their yard while Dontrelle maintains a lookout on the ground, with instructions to give a bird whistle if he sees anyone coming.  The teaser here contains a nice mix of adventure and comedic mishap as Tubby eases his way out along a tree branch, only to have it snap off and deposit him into the yard:
Dontrelle peeked through a gap in the fence. “Are you okay?” he asked in a half whisper, half yell. An outdoor light came on. Dontrelle whistled.

“A little late for that,” Tubby said as he scrambled to his feet and rushed toward the fence.
4. Keeping with the mystery theme, who are three of your favorite mystery book detectives. What do you think makes them a great detective?

Hercule Poirot – I grew up reading a lot of Agatha Christie books.  What made Poirot so effective was his focus on the psychology of the criminal.  Rather than searching for clues and examining evidence, he focused on people, getting them to talk.  His philosophy:  the more people talked, the more opportunities they had to give themselves away.

The Three Investigators – I’m counting this trio as one since they operated as a team.  As a child, I could not get enough of these books with such wonderful titles as “The Mystery of the Flaming Footprints” or “The Mystery of the Talking Skull.”  Under a pile of junk in a family-owned scrapyard, the kids created a hideout where they worked on their cases.  Their leader, Jupiter Jones, approached the mysteries by adhering to a belief that no matter how supernatural the circumstances may appear, there must be a rational explanation.

Robert Langdon – I love puzzles, and what set of mysteries provides a better web than Dan Brown’s works featuring the Harvard professor of religious iconology and symbology turned amateur detective.  In complete contrast to Hercule Poirot, Langdon’s strength is his ability to examine evidence, interpret clues (often religious symbols tied to secret societies), and follow the threads where they lead.

5. Last book that kept you reading late into the night?

I read a wide variety of genres and the most recent book that gripped me was The Hunger Games (the first one in the series).  What made this one so great to me was its plausibility, not so much the concept of the kids fighting one another as spectator sport, but the idea of a capitol forcing labor upon segments of its population for the benefit of itself and its people.  The characters and the settings are so perfectly vivid, both in the downtrodden districts and in the flamboyant capitol.

6. If you could have tea with any author, dead or living, who would you choose? What would be the first question you asked them?

Louis Sachar, author of the Wayside School series.  The first thing I’d ask him is how long it took him to write Chapter 6 in Wayside School gets a Little Stranger where the kids all bring their unusually named pets to school.  It is sidesplittingly funny and exceptionally clever.

7. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose?

Will Smith in Independence Day, Men in Black, or I Robot.  Take your pick.  Calm, cool, and hilariously irreverent.

Thanks for having me visit!

Michael, thank you so much for stopping by! Hercule Poirot is one of my favorite detectives...EVER! So color me excited to see him mentioned in your answer! Loved the teaser from your book!! 

The Phony Farkleberry (Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives, 1) by Michael Scott Miller, September 22, 2014. 
When a painting by legendary artist Thomas Farkleberry is stolen from the art gallery where Tyler’s mother works, Tyler’s mind races to the whispered conversation he overheard on the night of the big gala. But when his mother dismisses Tyler’s suspicions, he and his friends, Melanie, Amanda, Tubby, and Dontrelle, decide to take the investigation into their own hands. Can they crack the case before their parents discover what they are up to?


Don't forget, you can add The Phony Farkleberry to your Goodreads shelves.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, November 24, 2014

YA Review: Once Upon a Marigold

Once Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold, 1) by Jean Ferris, October 1, 2002. 272 pages. Published by Harcourt. Source: Library.
Who knew love could be so amazing--and stupefying? Not Christian. He was clueless when he started spying on the royal family through his telescope. He lives in a cave with a troll for a dad, after all. If his dad had only warned him about all that mind-boggling love stuff, maybe things wouldn't be such a mess. But then, maybe, Princess Marigold would be dead.
But Christian wasn't warned. And now that he's fallen for the princess, it's up to him to untwist an odd love triangle--er, rectangle--and foil a scheming queen who wants to take over the kingdom, even if it means bumping off her own daughter.
With echoes of William Goldman's modern classic The Princess Bride, Jean Ferris's hilarious parody of "Once upon a time . . ." overflows with oddball characters and sage observations--and ends with a slapstick happily-ever-after that's full of surprises.
First Sentence:
Edric knew he should head for home.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Knitting Book Review: Knockout Knits

Knockout Knits: New Tricks for Scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and Other Accessories by Laura Nelkin, September 2, 2014. 144 pages. Published by Potter Craft. Source: Blogging for Books.
An abundance of knitted luxuries--summery lace shawls, warm and wooly hats, a trio of cool knitted bracelets, and stunning beaded gloves--designed to grow your skills.

Who doesn't love to knit accessories? They're fast, often require only a skein or two of yarn, and make amazingly versatile gifts for friends and family. Small knits are also the perfect way to try something new--an unusual stitch pattern, wild multi-colored yarn, or even a touch of sparkle. Laura Nelkin is well-known for designing these fun-to-knit little projects introducing her students and fans to advanced techniques with her signature "You can do it!" enthusiasm. In her first book, she share her 3 favorite types of knitting using wrapped stitches, lacework, and beads. Each chapter begins with a quick knitted cuff to lay the foundations, then gradually ramps up to more complicated designs. The result is an all-new collection of wearable, feminine knits with a slightly rustic aesthetic. Give them as gifts, stockpile for a chilly day, or dress up a casual outfit--these are knockout projects to enjoy knitting again and again.

Friday, November 21, 2014

All About Middle Grade Interview with Kathleen Andrews Davis (Emerson's Attic)


I am excited to welcome Kathleen Andrews Davis, author of Emerson's Attic: The Blue Velvet, to the blog to discuss her book and to share her favorite time-travel books (here's a hint: I'm also a huge fan of one she mentions).

About the author:
It's never too late! That's my new motto! As a semi-retired grandmother I felt incomplete and wanted more. Amazing what becoming a grandparent does to you. I decided to leave our granddaughter a legacy of words and a simple idea turned into Emerson's Attic, The Blue Velvet.

I live with my husband in the mountains of central Pennsylvania where I have put all my other interests on hold so that I can write. It's taken a very long time, but I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up...an author.

You can haunt Kathleen Andrew Davis at-
Website | Goodreads |


Interview


1. In seven words tell us about Emerson's Attic.

Emerson is a time-traveling Nancy Drew.

2. What do you think will be the hardest thing for Emerson to cope with in the time period she's been sent back in time to?

Naming only one thing is really hard because there are so many things.  Not only does she have to adjust to time, place and culture, but she has to figure out why she is there and who she can trust.

3. So, Kathleen, what is it about time-travel that made you want to write about it in Emerson's Attic?

Time-travel is limitless.  Emerson can travel to any destination in any time period…although she does not chose the destinations…I do…she needs to use her intelligence and common sense to navigate through the mystery that will return her home.

4. Can you share with us a two sentence teaser from your favorite chapter of Emerson's Attic?

Wow, that’s a hard one.  That’s like choosing your favorite child because every book means so much to me.  Let’s go with this from The Blue Velvet:  

Turning in the direction of the voices, they could see a faint glow near the spiral staircase at the far end of the passage.  The glow was getting fainter and Emerson realized it was slowly moving down the stairs.

5. Carrying on with the theme of time-travel and books, can you tell us about three of your favorite books that feature time-travelling?

For children a great classic is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.  This is where the quote, “It was a dark and stormy night,” came from.  This is the story of the Murry family and their friend Calvin O’Keefe who venture on an extraordinary and dangerous journey.

For adult and young adult readers, I absolutely loved The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.  This is a beautiful love story that goes back to the early 1700’s in Scotland when the Jacobites struggled to return James Stewart to Scotland to reclaim his crown.  Kearsley writes beautifully and captures your heart in this and her other novels.

Also for adult and young readers is the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.  Again, back to Scotland but this time in the 1740’s.  If you like history and sequels, you’ll love this story.  The books were made into a TV series this past year which can be found on STARZ.  The series is well done but I always think the books are better than the TV series or movies.

I guess you can tell I love Scottish and English history.

6. The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose?

I would have to choose a heroine who has not yet been born.  She would be highly intelligent to deal with the technology of the future, compassionate to understands the needs of her people and those she faces as foes, brave and courageous to face the invaders, and above all honest and of high moral character to be a trustworthy leader.

7. Care to tell us about your writing cave (include picture if you want)?

Oh to have one!!!  My writing cave is anywhere I can get comfortable…which isn’t easy because I cannot type on anything but an ergonomic keyboard which is large (I so admire people who can type fast on a laptop); that plus my laptop and wireless mouse make for an interesting arrangement.  My dream is someday to have a secluded office or better yet treehouse, where I can shut out noise and interruptions… with a very large, comfy chair.

8. If you could have tea with any author, dead or living, who would you choose. What would be the first question you asked them?

Rosamund Pilcher is one of my favorite author.  If I ever had the opportunity to meet her I’m sure I would be struck dumb!  Once I got my brain and mouth working, I would ask her secret to writing such deep human emotions.


Kathleen, thank you so much for stopping by! I must say, that I am so pleased you mention A Wrinkle in Time as that is one of my all-time favorite books (also one of my most beloved authors). 




Emerson's Attic: Blue Velvet (Attic, 1) by Kathleen Andrews Davis, July 22, 2013. Published by Kathleen Andrews Davis.
Emerson McBride is a normal American teenager. She goes to school, plays soccer, and roams the mall with friends. Her life is just like that of any other 14 year old's until she is sent to clean the attic in the old Victorian as punishment for fighting with her younger brother. Suddenly she is thrown back in time to a totally foreign world. Frightened and armed only with dreams of her grandfather, Emerson ventures into the unknown. How did she get here? Who are these people? Who is she and why is she here? These questions and many more follow Emerson into a new life in a new land.

Don't forget, you can add Emerson's Attic: The Blue Velvet to your Goodreads shelves.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wish List Wednesday

Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief, 1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen, February 24, 2015. Published by Scholastic.
When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.

Why: I'll give you three reasons why I need Mark of the Thief:
  1. It's set in Rome
  2. It's by Jennifer A. Nielsen (yeah, the one who wrote the False Prince trilogy)
  3. It sounds like an incredible read

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, November 17, 2014

YA Review: Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, 3) by Sarah J. Maas, September 2, 2014. 562 pages. Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's. Source: Library.
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
First Sentence:
Gods, it was boiling hot in this useless excuse for a kingdom.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wish List Wednesday

Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, 12) by L.A. Meyer, November 4, 2014. Published by HMH Books for Young Readers.
Just when it looks like Jacky Faber and her beloved Jaimy will finally find their romance, Jacky is accused of treason and must flee Boston while her friends attempt to clear her name. Of course that means wild adventures for our fun-loving heroine, who manages to secure a job as a governess…and run away with the circus. The highly anticipated grand finale of the Bloody Jack Adventures.

Why: I cannot believe that the Bloody Jack series is ending! While I may be four books behind on this one, I need to see how things play out for Jacky and Jaimy....also, I'm dying to see this last bit of mischief that Jacky finds herself in.

Yeah, so, I really, really need Wild Rover No More in my life!!!!!! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, November 10, 2014

YA Review: Dark Triumph

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, 2) by Robin LaFevers, April 2, 2013. 385 pages. Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. Source: library.
The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her home to the life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of death himself, he must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?
First Sentence:
I did not arrive at the convent of Saint Mortain some green stripling.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ya Review: Jala's Mask [ARC]

Jala's Mask by Mike and Rachel Grinti, November 4, 2014. 300 pages. Published by PYR Books. Source: publisher.
For two hundred years the people of the Five-and-One Islands have survived by raiding the mainland. By shaping the reefs around their islands into magical ships, they can cross the great ocean, take what they want, and disappear where no normal ship can follow.

When Jala meets King Azi of the Five-and-One, she forgets everything her family told her to do. She was supposed to be meek and charming. She wasn't supposed to be herself. And she wasn't supposed to fall for him. When the king defies his family and proposes to her, Jala finds herself the islands' new queen. Now she's cut off from her family and despised by the king's advisers. Even her feelings for Azi, that seemed so clear when they were alone, are anything but clear amid the politics of the islands' ruling families.

On the second night after Jala's wedding, the islands are invaded by ships arriving on a tide of magical fog. One of the islands is left in ruin. Others haven't been heard from. And there might be more invaders on the way. If Jala can convince the noble families to work together, they might stand a chance, but she must choose between her family, her love for Azi, and saving her people.
First Sentence:
The king's grayships spread out down the length of the coastline, their red-streaked sails visible between the palm trees.

All About Middle Grade Review: Arcady's Goal


Arcady's Goal by Eugene Yelchin, October 14, 2014. 240 pages. Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Source: publisher.
From Newbery Honor–winning author Eugene Yelchin comes another glimpse into Soviet Russia. For twelve-year-old Arcady, soccer is more than just a game. Sent to live in a children’s home after his parents are declared enemies of the state, it is a means of survival, securing extra rations, respect, and protection. Ultimately, it proves to be his chance to leave. But in Soviet Russia, second chances are few and far between. Will Arcady seize his opportunity and achieve his goal? Or will he miss his shot?
First Sentence:
I'm a risk taker.

YA Review: Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, 2) by Sarah J. Maas, August 27, 2013. 420 pages. Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's . Source: Library.
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
First Sentence:
The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, November 3, 2014

YA Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, 1) by Sarah J. Maas, August 7, 2012. 404 pages. Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's. Source: Library.
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
First Sentence:
After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Catholic Review: The American Catholic Almanac

The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, September 30, 2014. 416 pages. Published by Image. Source: Blogging for Books.
WHAT DO BUFFALO BILL , JOHN F. KENNEDY, VINCE LOMBARDI , DOROTHY DAY, FULTON SHEEN, AND ANDY WARHOL HAVE IN COMMON?

They’re all Catholics who have shaped America. In this page-a-day history, 365 inspiring stories celebrate the historic contributions of American men and women shaped by their Catholic faith. From famous figures to lesser-known saints and sinners, The American Catholic Almanac tells the fascinating, funny, uplifting, and unlikely tales of Catholics’ influence on American history, culture, and politics. Spanning the scope of the Revolutionary War to Notre Dame football, this unique collection of stories highlights the transformative role of the Catholic Church in American public life over the last 400 years.

Did you know…
• The first immigrant to arrive in America via Ellis Island was a 15-year-old Irish Catholic girl?
• Al Capone’s tombstone reads “MY JESUS MERCY”?
• Andrew Jackson credited America’s victory in the Battle of New Orleans to the prayers of the Virgin Mary and the Ursuline Sisters?
• Five Franciscans died in sixteenth-century Georgia defending the Church’s teachings on marriage?
• Jack Kerouac died wanting to be known as a Catholic and not only as a beat poet?
• Catholic missionaries lived in Virginia 36 years before the English settled Jamestown?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, 1) by Mark Twain, October 28, 2014 (originally published in 1876). 272 pages. Published by Penguin Classics. Source: publisher.
The classic boyhood adventure tale, updated with a new introduction by noted Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen

A consummate prankster with a quick wit, Tom Sawyer dreams of a bigger fate than simply being a “rich boy.” Yet through the novel’s humorous escapades—from the famous episode of the whitewashed fence to the trial of Injun Joe—Mark Twain explores the deeper themes of the adult world, one of dishonesty and superstition, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery.
First Sentence:
"Tom!"

Thursday, October 30, 2014

YA Review: Mortal Enchantment [blog tour]



Mortal Enchantment (Mortal Enchantment, 1) by Stacey O'Neale, May 20, 2014. 230 pages. Published by Phoenix Reign Publishing. Source: author for blog tour.
In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...
First Sentence:
I wonder if I can get pizza in Avalon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YA Review: The Shadow Prince

The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantments, 0.5) by Stacey O'Neale, March 25, 2014. 110 pages. Published by Phoenix Reign Publishing. Source: Author
Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals-learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
First Sentence:
A beach bonfire?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Divinicus Nex Chronicles Blog Tour: Interview with A&E Kirk & Giveaway


Guys, I am beyond excited to welcome the lovely Alyssa and Eileen, otherwise known as A&E Kirk, authors of the Divinicus Nex Chronicles to talk about their series and the newest release, Drop Dead Demons. I hope y'all will give these ladies a warm welcome to the blog.

Don't forget, you can check out my review of the first book, Demons at Deadnight, and see why y'all should be reading this series.

About the Author(s):
This mother-daughter duo were in and out of inter-dimensional paranormal prisons until they finally quit making up cover stories for secret societies and started writing novels. The Supernatural Continuum Warlords of the Supernatural Continuum Warlordian High Command had pity upon them, and instead of having them slaughtered by the slow, tortuous flesh eating underwater, earthworm squid, they transported them into a habitationally friendly dimension called OOARCHTOHUTHLAMADILFRUMP, also known as 21st Century Earth.

Due to a demon infestation in their sleepy mountain California town, and a lack of sexy Hex Boys to stop them, Alyssa and Eileen were forced to relocate to Los Angeles. The Amazon best seller, DEMONS AT DEADNIGHT, is book one in the DIVINICUS NEX CHRONICLES series, and the first of their exclusive re-creations of supernatural society secrets. You can uncover more paranormal, inter-dimensional classified information at AEKIRK.com and Facebook.com/AandEKirk.com.

Citizens of Earth, you are welcome.

You can haunt A&E Kirk at-
Website | Twitter Alyssa | Twitter Eileen | Facebook | Pinterest


DIVINICUS NEX Blog Tour
Tour Stop: The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia on Monday, October 27th
Author Interview

In seven words can you tell readers about Drop Dead Demons?

Funny. Sexy. Treasure hunt. Hexy secrets revealed.

What was the hardest thing for the both of you when it came to writing the sequel to Demons at Deadnight? What do y'all think will be the most difficult thing Aurora will encounter in the second installment of the Divinicus Nex Chronicles?


We had so much going on, lots of subplots happening, new characters to introduce and integrate into the story, the hardest part was keeping focused on the main plot which was Roses threat, the treasure hunt, and Aurora staying alive!

Auroras most difficult issue always comes down to trust. Being scared to really opening up and rely on the Hex Boys as partners is a huge problem she has to overcome. Plus figuring out how to use her powers, and encountering the most dangerous demons on the planet!

As the authors of Drop Dead Demons I'm sure y'all both have the chapter you loved most. So, with that in mind, could y'all (each) share a two sentence teaser from your favorite chapter?
Matthias wouldnt want me going into his room. Nope, breaching his private inner sanctum would be considered totally off-limits. Hed freak.
I looked left. And right. Then bolted up the stairs two at a time, raced down the hall, and skidded into his open doorway.Thats when things got downright weird.

A&E: This was a tough choice, but we picked this because Aurora just survived a tense first meeting with Matthias dad and now shes on the brink discovering more about the mysterious and brooding Matthias. His room gives Aurora a lot of insight into big, bad Matty!

Last book that kept you reading late into the night?

Eileen: Skin Game by Jim Butcher. 15th in the series and still awesome! Also Outlander. Loved those sexy scenes. Jamie is so hot!

Alyssa: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher. Im trying to catch up on the series because Mom and my brother keep talking about it and accidentally letting loose spoilers within ear shot! Its killing me!!

If you could have tea with any author, dead or living, who would you choose? What would be the first question you asked them?

Alyssa: Meg Cabot for me. I loved her Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-U series growing up. Addicted to them. Her heroines are tough, tom-boy girls kicking down doors and taking names. Huge inspirations to me. Id love know how which of her characters she is most like/identifies the most with!

Eileen: JK Rowling because Im dying to find out how much of the whole series she had planned ahead of time, and what if anything changed as she wrote it. Did she know how Harry was connected with Voldemort? Did she know who was going to live and die? Did she know each characters story from beginning to end? Id love to know.

The world has fallen to a robot invasion and only one heroine/hero can possibly save the day, who do you choose?

Alyssa: River from Firefly/Serenity. That girl is a human terminator. I want her on my side.

Eileen: Stephanie/Valkyrie from the Skullduggery Pleasant series. Shes tough, clever, has stupendous fighting skills, and also an uber dark side she can tap into when shes in a serious bind. Robot Invasions certainly qualify!


From any, young adult, book that you've read, which character would you befriend in a heartbeat? Why?

Alyssa: Suze from Meg Cabots The Mediator series. Shes sarcastic, stubborn, smart, tough, loyal and quick on her feet.

Eileen: Puck from the Iron Fey series. Hes smart, funny, loyal, devious, and Id want to be part of all of his adventures!

Thank you Orchid! Its always a pleasure hanging out with a great lady like you!


 Ladies, I loved all of the answers, especially the Meg Cabot/J.K. Rowling ones. 




Giveaway Info:
Each week of this tour will feature a unique Divinicus Nex prize package giveaway, so be sure to follow along for more chances to win! The weekly prize packs:

WEEK 1: Choice of ebook (book 1 or 2), celtic cross necklace, feather hair clips
WEEK 2: Choice of ebook, (1 or 2), Signed Hex Boy Heaven Poster,  Love letter from a Hex boy
WEEK 3: Choice of ebook (1 or 2), Signed Hex Boy Poster, Divinicus Nex earrings
WEEK 4: Choice of ebook (1 or 2), Hex Boy Heaven Mug

Tour-Wide Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a grand prize package consisting of a $100 Amazon gift card AND the chance to name a character in the third installment!

At each tour stop you will find a daily question. To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must answer at least 4 different daily questions. So go and visit the other tour stops, check the amazing content and answer the daily question!

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form (at the bottom of post). Giveaway is open internationally.

Daily Question:
You are a Mandatum hunter and get to pick any super power that is not fire, water, earth, or air. What other super power do you choose?



Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles, 1) by A&E Kirk, January 5, 2012. 
For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

DEMONIC DESTINY

Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

CHARISMATIC KILLERS

The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

LETHAL ALLIES

The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.

You can add Demons at Deadnight to your Goodreads shelves or get your copy through Amazon.

Drop Dead Demons (Divinicus Nex Chronicles, 2) by A&E Kirk, May 27, 2014. 
Survival. It’s an on-going battle.

GOING ON A TREASURE HUNT…

Aurora Lahey finally knows why supernatural slayers salivate to slaughter her, but how to stop them? Not so much. Sure, she’s discovered her own lethal powers, and has six sexy, super-charged, demon hunting Hex Boys watching her back–the hottest one watching every part of her. But when a seductive stranger delivers a deadly ultimatum, Aurora and the Hex Boys plunge into a do-or-die hunt for a legendary Mandatum treasure, which will finally shift power in their favor. Or unleash hell on earth.

NEX MARKS THE SPOT…

Pursued by demons of mythical proportions, Aurora and the Hex Boys race deeper into the shadowy world of a centuries-old mystery and brutal conspiracy, where no one and nothing is what it seems. Where love and betrayal go hand-in-hand, and trusting the wrong person not only breaks your heart, but gets you killed.

DEMONS ON YOUR TAIL…

Uncovering shocking secrets from the Hex Boys’ past, hiding her Divinicus Nex identity, lying to her pretend-wish-he-were-real boyfriend, dodging demons, breaking into ancient tombs, taking the unexpected side trip to the dark depths of the Waiting World, tracking a traitor, and passing Physics…Aurora could do that in her sleep. Or more likely, die trying.

DON’T GET CAUGHT!

You can add Drop Dead Demons to your Goodreads shelves and get a copy from Amazon.


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