Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Deals from CTP!


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesdays with #InternEthan {Week 1}



**REPOSTED FROM FACEBOOK**

Alright everyone I have an announcement to make. I have been keeping this under the radar waiting for the right moment to make it "FBO" but people are starting to find out so I guess it's time to let the world know! As many of you know, I am the site administrator of my own book review website, One Guy's Guide to Good Reads. I have been at this gig for close to eight months now where my life has been completely transformed. I was told for 4 years at Missouri State to "follow my passion" and I would "find my place". I never would have imagined that would come true. While I have several passions, I have found, without doubt, that my truest passion lies within literature. Over the past few months I have been searching for a way to make my love of reading into a career via numerous avenues. I finally got my big break a couple of weeks ago guys. A few of you already know this, but those of you who don't here goes!

As of last week I have been selected as a Literary Intern at the Corvisiero Literary Agency under the guidance of Mrs. Sarah Negovetich! Yes, you read that right, ETHAN IS A LITERARY INTERN! My dreams are coming true folks! While I don't know where this will lead me, I know I am more excited about it than I can say. Mrs. Sarah and the rest of#TeamCorvisiero have been so awesome in welcoming me to the family. Over the course of the foreseeable future, I will be working closely with Sarah and learning the ins and outs of the literary world. Who knows what may happen? It's my goal to work with Sarah to find the "next big thing" in the book world! I know we can do it, she's already shown me some pretty amazing things! I'm still wrapping my mind around all this, but I know my future has taken a step in the right direction!

Before you ask, I will not be moving or going anywhere. I will continue to work my current job and will do this internship remotely on my down time, just as I have the blog. That being said, my blogging will also not be affected by this new position. I will continue to work closely with all my author friends to bring you all the latest and greatest in the books world! Before everyone headed off for their Thanksgiving festivities I just wanted to share with you all one of the many, many new things I have to be thankful for in 2014. I am so honored to have been granted such an incredible opportunity.

I have so many people to thank for this. I just can't list them all here. Special shout outs go to each and every one of you who have helped to make my blog the success it is today. Every morning I wake up and am blown away the the number of page views and comments I receive. To every reader, fellow blogger (The Safe Space too!), and author who has taken a chance on me and my blog: Thank you. From the bottom of my heart! I could have never done any of this without all of your support. Also a special shout out to my 'support staff' for helping me out with all blog-related things. Seriously, thank you to everyone who is helping me achieve my dreams! Also HUGE thanks to Sarah and the team at Corvisiero for taking a chance on me!

I am posting this picture so you guys can see I'm not making this up! They are in the process of updating their website and after its' finished I'll have my own page with my bio and contact info! Woohoo! Seriously, this has been one INCREDIBLE experience and I cannot wait to see where my blogging takes me next!




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Week One Recap:
  • This week I had my first official phone conversation with Sarah. Such an awesome lady and I cannot wait to get this business started! Sarah taught me all about the Corvisiero and what is expected out of their interns! She also introduced me to the query box which may or may not have scared me to death.
  • Once I get the hang of things, I'll be doing all kinds of things. Reading, reviewing, responding to potential clients, etc how exciting is that? And here I was thinking Literary Agents didn't do anything but get coffee and make copies? :P
  • This week Sarah sent me my first set of manuscripts! Talk about intimidating! I have already devoured one and a half of them and I just can't help but think: this is a job? People get PAID to READ? Yes. I've definitely found my future career path! Haha! 
  • Just starting out so I haven't done too terribly much yet. With Thanksgiving and the holiday season quickly approaching, I have a lot to do to catch up with all the awesome Agency-related things! Woohoo!
  • Sarah and I decided that I will be tweeting my Corvisiero experience under the hashtag '#InternEthan'. Be on the look out for all the awesome Tweets coming your way followers!
  • Each week I will be posting a recap here to let you all follow along in my Internship experience! Some weeks may be more active than others, but I'd love to have you all along for the ride. Hang on tight because big things are coming from Ethan! 

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Forever Found by Nazarea Andrews Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Hey everyone and welcome to my amazing cover reveal for Forever Found by the incredible Nazarea Andrews! You guys all know how much I love Nazarea! Be sure to read all the way to the end so you don't miss her awesome giveaway! Here we go, drumroll!

FOREVER FOUND by Nazarea Andrews
Coming December 30th, 2014
Contemporary Romance Novella
Neverland Lost, #2


Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I've ever had to survive. I've never loved anyone the way I love her.
But finding her was never about that. And now that I have found her--now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn't just destroy me--its killing Neverland.
I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again.
Peter Pan has grown up and found the girl who left--but the stakes are higher than ever in this romantic conclusion to the story begun in Girl Lost.




EXCERPT:

Gwen is leaning against the window. Every time I leave her, I forget. She’s not all gangly limbs and huge eyes and dirty hair hanging in her face, flinching at her own shadow. Not anymore. That Gwen still haunts my island, but this—this Gwen is breathtaking. 

She thinks she’s broken. Fractured pieces of a broken mind, held together by medication and stubborn denial. But she doesn’t see herself, not the way I do. 

Lane had that right. She’s breathtaking—even now, when I know she’s sad and broken. She stands straight, a pair of thin sleep pants curving around her ass before falling loose and free to the floor. Her shoulders are back, graceful and strong, under the thick sweater she’s wearing, her hair pulled into a messy knot at the top of her head. 

She can see me, my reflection in the dark glass. And I see the tension in her tighten, drawing her up and sharp, until she’s almost vibrating with it. “Why are you here?” she asks, her voice low and hoarse. 

She sounds like that when she’s been crying. I know—I’ve heard her so many times, heard her tears. Wiped them away. Whispered happy thoughts until I teased a smile from her. 

“Peter,” she snaps, and I jerk, out of the memories and into the moment. 

“You ran away.” 

She gives an unladylike snort. “You decided you were a delusion of my past, and then you expected me to sit there and listen to your insane ramblings. Thanks, but no. I can’t do that. I’ve had enough crazy for one life.” She bites her lip, and then blurts, “You stole my file, didn’t you? That’s how you know about the Boy.”

“Do you remember the firefly meadow?” 

She goes still, and I smile, gently. “You do.” 

“That wasn’t real,” she whispers, and I feel the shudder. 

“We’d hide there, from the lsot boys. And you’d fall asleep telling me your happy thoughts, and wake up to a galaxy of fireflies, and we’d chase them until you made yourself sick, laughing. And then I’d hold you and we’d stare at the stars, and you always said they were different. It smelled like jasmine and honey-“

“And wild woods and freedom,” she whispers, her blue eyes impossibly wide in her pretty face. I take a tentative step toward her, and touch her fingers. 

Why are your stars different?

“It wasn’t a delusion, Gwendy. You know it wasn’t. Trust yourself.”

She shudders. “Can’t. My mind lies. It wasn’t—“

“Gwendy,” I say, desperately. Her eyes are filling with tears and I can feel the disbelief, the way it will tear apart the world I’ve known, and the girl I’ve loved, and I can’t. I move without thinking, catch her head and bring her lips to mine. 

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Nazarea Andrews 



Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. She is the author of Girl Lost, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. 


I am so pumped to get my hands on this novel, I have heard amazing things about the series and cannot wait to devour it! Anyone who read this will be itching for more, trust me. As always, a huge thanks to the team at InkSlinger PR and to our author, and my dear friend, Mrs. Nazarea Andrews for allowing me to participate! ! Until next time, Happy Reading! 

-Ethan

Waiting on Wednesday {13}



Hey everyone and welcome to my weekly Waiting on Wednesday meme post! This is just a once a week deal where each Wednesday I post about one book I am looking forward to reading and then link it up to the host blog, 
Breaking the Spine, where I can be connected to over 200 other readers and bloggers who are looking for a new read! My friend Kim fromkimberlyfayereads participates in this meme each week and it has always looked like a great time. Below you will find the book cover, synopsis, Goodreads link and my reasons for waiting on this read! Enjoy!

This week's WOW is...Dark Awakened by H.D. Smith!





Last spring Claire’s seemingly normal—if not totally screwed up—life was tossed on its head. For five years she’d been one of the damned—a human that knows the truth about the otherworldly among us. She’d worked for The Boss—the Demon King himself—as his administrative assistant, handling everything from early retirements, to Maintenance’s incessant requests for dental.

No one gets dental.

Then she walked into Purgatory—totally not her fault—went back in time, and awakened powers she never knew existed. Now Claire has a prophecy hanging over her head, a diamond ring hidden in her sock drawer, and the blood of a long dead royal running through her veins.

And it’s only going to get worse.

Her vow to live free or die takes a serious hit when she’s forced back under The Boss’s protection. Of course, there’s no protection from fate, or the Bounty Hunter sent to deliver her to Purgatory. And as if being “the girl” in the prophecy wasn’t enough, Claire soon discovers there are three other contenders for her role—two of whom want her dead.

Follow more of Claire’s adventures in Dark Awakened, the second installment of the Devil’s Assistant Series, to find out if she’s lucky enough to escape with her life, or if she’s just the first notch on the next contender’s belt.

COMING DECEMBER 1, 2014

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Why am I waiting?

If you guys will recall, a few months ago I read Dark Hope, the first novel in this series. While I had mixed feelings about it in the beginning, by the time I finished I was in love. I am so excited to continue this series. You guys all know how much I love a great paranormal story. What could better better than reading about the Devil's assistant? Right? It's actually a whole lot less fun than you would think. Smith throws in her special brand of humor on top of a gripping story line, which made Dark Hope so awesome. I know I will love this one just as much! I actually have an ARC for this and am starting it sometime this afternoon in anticipation of release day! Be sure to keep your eyes on this one folks!
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What are YOU waiting on this week?
Thanks for stopping by, Happy Reading! 
-Ethan

The Sophisticates Series by Christine Manzari (New) Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Hey readers! Happy Wednesday and welcome to the blog where I have a super special post for you guys today! A few months ago you may remember I raved about first two novel in Christine Manzari's The Sophisticates series, well today I have awesome news for you. Christine has redone the covers in anticipation of a rerelease and I am sharing those new covers with you today! Before we see the new covers, here are the old ones to refresh your memory, click each cover to be taken to my 5-star reviews for these incredible novels!



Okay, remember this series now? Great! Ready for the new covers?! Here we go! Here are the new covers for Deviation and Conviction along with the book synopsis, Goodreads, and purchase links!

DEVIATION

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?


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CONVICTION

The Others are out there. Somewhere. And the Program wants the Deviant Dozen to find them.

As a member of the Dozen, Cleo is still learning to master her deviation and she’s not having much luck. With the ability to cause explosions with just a thought, losing control always results in fiery disaster, making Cleo feel like a monster. She vows to ignore the urge to use her deviation and reclaim her humanity. But when terrible things start to happen at the Academy and Cleo is blamed for actions and events she doesn’t remember, she fears that the monster is taking over and she is becoming the dangerous weapon the Program created her to be.

The one bright spot in Cleo’s life is Ozzy, the cocky Sophisticate with perfect aim who makes her heart race. But it seems whenever things start to heat up between them, Ozzy is sent away on another secret mission, and Cleo is left alone to ponder their relationship and deal with the aftermath of the accusations made against her.

As the evidence against Cleo becomes more compelling and her closest friends turn against her, she finds her own conviction waning as she wonders if she really is as innocent as she wants to believe. And Cleo isn’t the only one struggling. Ozzy has always defined himself by his perfect aim and superior deviant skills, but after failed missions and bad choices, he realizes he can no longer trust his skills—or himself.

Caught in a storm of shocking allegations and harsh punishments, will Cleo’s conviction finally break her?



About the Author

Christine Manzari

The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.  

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Alright everyone, now that you know a bit about the books and have seen those new covers, our author Christine Manzari is hosting an awesome exclusive giveaway just for us here at OneGuysGuidetoGoodReads! Up for grabs? Free copies (winners choice ebook/paperbacks) of both books in the series AND a $10 for a second winner! How awesome, right? Fill out the rafflecopter below. This giveaway will close in one week!

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Alright readers, that's all I have for you right now on the topic of The Sophisticates series by Christine Manzari. Aren't those new covers amazing? I am seriously impressed with them! Makes me want to go back and reread the series again! These were some incredible reads. Also, anyone who loves connecting with authors should give Christine a holler, she is awesome to her fans and loves to say hey! Shoot her a Tweet and like her on Facebook! Before you leave, make sure to enter the giveaway above! Until next time, Happy Reading!

-Ethan

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stolen by Becca Vincenza Review

Hey everyone and a very happy Tuesday evening to you all! I'm finally catching up on all the reviewing I need to do and have another awesome review for you tonight. A few months ago I met tonight's author via another blogger who was promoting the first novel in this series. I thought it sounded interesting, took the bait, and am now hooked! Who am I talking about? Becca Vincenza! Never heard of Becca? Well that's okay because by the time I'm done raving you will be rushing out to get your copies of her reads just as I was. I read her first novel Damaged a couple of months ago and have not posted my review yet. I knew that it was actually the second book (chronologically) in the series so I wanted to get the 'novella' out of the way first! Before we get to my thoughts, here's a bit about the novel and our author, Becca Vincenza:

Author Note: This book takes place before and during Damaged, it can be read before, but I strongly urge that this be read AFTER Damaged. (this isn’t a gimmick or anything, the way the story is set it does do spoilers for Damaged)

Xavier is set to protect the dying races. As a fierce gargoyle warrior, he isn't meant to love deeply.

Drake is the last of his kind, and survival isn’t easy.

Xavier recognizes Drake as his true mate the first time they meet. However, Drake’s tormented past has led him to the wrong woman. Xavier must do what he can to save Drake from the choices he’s made. If Drake’s resentment, fears, and stubborn denial can be overcome, they’ll have a love that could bridge the races.

This isn’t a story of redemption. This is their story.

Warning: This is technically an adult book. There are exploit scenes of sex, torture, and violence. This isn’t meant for readers under the age of 18. Please note this is a Male/Male Romance.


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Becca Vincenza



Becca Vincenza lives in wonderful Michigan. She has a love for Skittles, rainbows, Star Wars, and reading about hot men. When she’s not wearing her author hat, she’s working to pay off her student loans for her recently acquired English degree. She recently released the first book in her Rebirth Series and is set to release the second book before the beginning of summer. 

Becca is also the head reviewer @ The Violet Hour Book Reviews

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My Thoughts:

I will be the first person to say that I was completely leery about reading this novel. Why? I did read Damaged and, while I loved it, I did not care for the characters of Drake and Xavier, I thought they were absolutely evil. Secondly? I have never read a m/m novel of any capacity. I have read novels with homosexual relationships, of course, but never had I read a novel quite like this. I was a little leery. It was slightly out of my comfort zone so I was not sure how I would feel about it, but after speaking with Becca (the author) and Christina (from Lulo Fangirl who absolutely adored this novel), I knew that I was ready to take the plunge into this dark paranormal read. After finishing it, I am so glad I did!

First off let me start by saying this read is a prequel 'novella' to Damaged and takes place before and during Damaged. That being said, this is by far the longest novella I have ever read. My digital version clocked in at 170 pages. I have seriously read novels WITH novellas that were shorter than this. I loved it though, you all know how much I love a good long read. As per the authors note about reading Damaged first? I would really have to agree. Damaged was a very special read that has a very unique twist at the end of it. This novel completely disregards that twist and acts as though you knew it was coming the entire time. I cannot imagine having read this novel without reading Damaged first. Other reviewers have said not to worry about it, but I am. Read Damaged first people.

As per the plot, Stolen was everything I expect and then some. I really didn't know what to think about this story. I didn't know what to expect. And while I can't really say there was one overarching plot line with this novella, the story is complete and fulfilling. I would definitely have read another 170 pages of this story!

When it comes to Xavier and Drake I have lots of thoughts. Xavier, the Gargoyle leader of the clan is probably one of my favorite characters. I love gargoyles. They are one of my favorite paranormal genres. Strong, mysterious warriors descended from the Elder races created to protect Earth and its' human inhabitants? Yes. So much yes. As per Drake, the dragon-shifter? I won't lie, I was seriously impressed with the whole "dragon" thing. Unlike other paranormal creatures, shifters have a dual personality. Drake spent the entire novel fighting with "dragon". Dragon is vicious, strong, extremely protective, and acts first-thinks later. Dragon is not someone you want on your bad side. Drake has a very Jekyl-Hyde situation going on and I loved that dynamic, even if he was a bit scary at times.

The relationship between Drake and Xavier is also probably among the most unique I have ever read. While they don't "fall in love" in the traditional sense, the fall in love, nonetheless. They are 'life mates', each others' one true love. While they are both extremely resistant at first, their budding friendship and relationship is seriously a thing of beauty. Completely take the sexual thing out of the equation and at its' base, their relationship is rock solid. It was really interesting to read about that. Xavier has some huge issues with Drake, as he should, and Drake has his issues with Xavier, but in the end they realize they only have each other and really have to get it together. They are mated for life and that's a love worth reading about. On the topic of the sex scenes, I wont say much. It's a male/male romance book, you just have to realize that before going into it. That being said, Becca writes all of her scenes, include sex scenes, with such care and intricacy, that they write like genuine scenes. Nothing seems overdone or forces, yet the scenes are raw and full of passion: what all sex scenes should be written as. While the m/m sex scenes were by no means my favorite part of the novel, I do not think they took away from the story in any capacity.

Like Damaged, Stolen was dark and a time a bit hard to read. It's hard to explain and not a condescending statement in any capacity. Becca has such a way with her words that it's almost like watching the events of her novels taking place before your eyes. All the love, the heartbreak, the horror, the sadness, etc is right there in front of you. Becca has a knack for writing all of the feels into her works and I think that is a true talent!

In the end, Stolen was one of the most refreshing reads I have devoured in quite some time. It was an extremely unique and eye opening experience for me that I am so glad i had the pleasure of reading. I am granting Stolen was much deserved 5-star review. Kudos to you Becca, this was darn near perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this novel! Anyone interested in Paranormal or Paranormal-Romance should definitely check out this novel! You will not regret it!
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Alright readers, that is all I have for you on the topic of Stolen by the incredible Becca Vincenza! Think this sounds like the read for you? Head over to the Goodreads and purchase links at the top of the post and get your copy ASAP! Already read Stolen? Let me know what you think in the comments below! I will be getting my review of Damaged out to you guys very soon. Special thanks to Becca for supplying me with a review copy of Stolen in exchange for my honest review. Until next time, Happy Reading!

-Ethan

Fragile Reign (Mortal Enchantment #2) by Stacey O'Neale Release Day Launch: Excerpt + Giveaway

Fragile Reign Release Day

I'm excited to take part in Stacey O'Neale's release day launch for FRAGILE REIGN! Check out the book below and be sure to enter the amazing giveaway!

Fragile Reign by Stacey O'Neale

It’s been a week since all hell broke loose… Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court? Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause. Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world? Goodreads | Amazon

If you haven't read Stacey's Mortal Enchantment series, you can get the first book for FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! The Shadow Prince won GOLD at the 2014 Readers' Favorite Book Awards in the Short Story/Novella category!

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Excerpt from FRAGILE REIGN

Rowan

The caves of the eternal flame could only be reached through a pathway. The location was deep within the core of the planet. There was no way to get there from the surface. Once inside, only a fire elemental could withstand the heat. As we entered the caves, I remembered how easy it was to get lost down here. The tunnels go on for miles in every direction. Lucky for us, I knew the way. Mother brought me down here a few times, threatening to throw me into the fire. She told me the spirits of the dead fire elementals existed within the eternal flame. 

The bulk of our army stayed behind. If something were to go wrong down here, I needed to make sure they still had the numbers to defend themselves. And by wrong, I meant the possibility that I might die the moment I enter the flames. The closer we got to the fire, the more my confidence was tested. My mother’s words echoed in my ears. When speaking about the eternal flame, she once said, “What can be made, can also be unmade.” Not the most comforting words to think about as I prepared to step inside the inferno.

I turned around, glancing at the army of hounds behind me. Some were staring at their hands as if they expected something to be there. Others closed their eyes, wearing expressions of enjoyment. They must have sensed the energy from the eternal flame, but likely had no idea what it was. Most fire elementals had never been down here. The portal has always been guarded. I spoke loud enough for everyone to hear me. “What you’re feeling is the presence of the flame. Your power will soon be the strongest it’s ever been.”

Ethan made his way to the front of the crowd. “Is that true for everyone?”

It was easy to see what he was implying. “Yes, this includes all of the rogue members of our court.” The crowd rumbled. “But I don’t plan on anyone having to fight today.”


Stacey O'Neale

Stacey O'Neale 

Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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Alright guys, that's all I have for you today on this awesome release day launch for Stacey O'Neale's Fragile Reign. Anyone who follows this blog regularly knows that Mrs. Stacey is one of my favorite people on this planet and I am beyond honored to call her a friend. Did you guys notice the new Hellhound named Ethan? Yeah? Let's just act like that's me, okay? Haha! Seriously though, I had the great pleasure of reading an ARC for this a few weeks ago for Stacey and I am here to tell you all that it is her best work yet! I cannot WAIT fo ryou guys to read my thoughts! I am on the blog tour for this incredible novel and you can stop by on December 11 for my exclusive interview with Mrs. Stacey where we'll talk all things Fragile Reign! You won't want to miss it! Until next time, Happy Reading!

-Ethan 

Wicked Luck by Shannon L. Maynard Cover Reveal

COVER REVEAL: WICKED LUCK by Shannon L. Maynard

Stranded on a mysterious island with a handsome stranger. His dream come true, but her wicked luck. 


Series: The Wicked Luck Series
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance
*This book is New Adult due to the characters being college aged and older. This book would be appropriate for the YAm audience as well. 


How can Ava Starr’s worst nightmare be Dax Miller’s dream come true?

For the past three years, Dax has been stranded on Lamarai Island with his stepsister and two tribes of cannibals. But now a beautiful girl named Ava has washed up on shore. After secretly reading her journal, he believes she is a perfect match to the girl of his dreams. He’s determined not only to keep her alive, but also to win over her heart by convincing her to forget about her past and the secrets that continue to haunt her.

Ava Starr has always been the epitome of bad luck, but she never imagined she would wake up and find herself on a cannibal-infested island with no memory of how she got there. The last thing she remembers is boarding a plane with her pilot boyfriend, Preston. But now he and his crew are missing, and she must find him before a tribe of hungry cannibals finds him first. But Ava’s troubles have followed her to Lamarai, where once again she’s surrounded by danger and people who want her dead. She finds herself caught in a web of deceit and soon discovers the answers to her mysterious past can be found in the most unlikely of places, and that no one is actually who they seem to be.

ABOUT SHANNON L. MAYNARD:


Shannon L. Maynard lives in Colorado with her five girls where she is a legal assistant by day and an author by night. In between working and writing she can be found driving kids to soccer, folding mountains of pink laundry, or eating her weight in chocolate. Other addictions include shoe shopping, reading YA, and Australian and British accents (which may be partly to blame for her massive crush on Thor). If she had one wish it would be for more hours in the day to spend enjoying all of the above. Okay, everything except the laundry.

Shannon studied art and criminology before getting a license in cosmetology, but eventually wound up an expert daydreamer; a skill that occasionally leads to getting lost while driving, but has been a huge asset to her love for writing. Her debut novel WICKED LUCK is set to release June 2015 and is the first book in the Wicked Luck Trilogy.


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Alright, who else is obsessed with that cover? Didn't Mayra really outdo herself with this one? I am requesting an ARC of this right away! What do you guys think? Doesn't it look incredible? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Huge thanks to the team over at Crimson Tree Publishing for allowing me to participate! Until next time, Happy Reading!

-Ethan

Monday, November 24, 2014

No Blog Left Behind Thanksgiving Giveaway Hop


Hey readers, it's almost Thanksgiving! The start of the 2014 holiday season here in the US and the day we all take time to recognize all the things we are thankful for! I have so many things to be thankful for, including YOU, my readers! What better way to say thanks than by giving away some free books via an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card this season? This giveaway is open internationally and it ends on November 28.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!


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-Ethan

Faithless: A Tainted Love Serial (Part 1-3) by K.B. Nelson; Cover Reveal + Excerpt + Giveaway

Hey all and Happy Monday! I know those are the worst words ever, but someone has to say it! I hope this is the start to an incredible week for you all, just think, most of us are only working 4 days and some even less! WOOHOO Holidays! What better way to start your awesome week than with the cover reveal for a new, NA Romance serial from the amazing KB Nelson? I have already had the great pleasure of reading Faithless Part 1 and know that all you NA Romance fans will love it! Today's post will feature the covers for all three parts of the serial, some info about the books, and an excerpt. Excited? Here we go:

Faithless Serial (Part 1-3) by K.B. Nelson
Publication date:
December 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance



She's a stripper. He's a preacher. Her name's Faith, and he's been faithless since the day she went away.

Faith Richards knows she'll never be able to outrun her demons, but she's not looking for absolution. She's looking for release. When she's forced to return home by circumstances she'd rather not discuss, she runs straight to Noah. The only boy that could ever make her feel alive. The only boy who ever truly broke her heart. The only boy who could possibly save her from herself.

But Noah isn't a boy anymore...

Noah Parker is a man torn, fighting to understand his place in this world after his latest run-in with tragedy. Everyone he's ever loved has left him, either on a greyhound bus or in a casket. He no longer believes the words he preaches and his life hangs in the balance of honesty. Reuniting with Faith might be the only thing that can save him, but based on their tumultuous history, it's more than likely it'll destroy him.

Faithless is the story of two broken people searching for the impossible: a love strong enough to put the pieces of their broken hearts back together. Their romance is forbidden. Their love is undeniable. Their lives hang in the balance. And when their world begins to burn to the ground, they'll be faced with one impossible decision: can they live with who they've become?


Release Dates:
Part One - December 7th
Part Two - December 21st
Part Three - January 4th

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I grew up on a farm in Ohio, but that's not very interesting, is it? When I'm not writing you can find me doing one of two things; getting lost on highways or getting lost in the lives of fictional characters. If my heart had two feet, one foot would be in romance and the other solidly in geekdom. I hope you'll all follow me on my journey through this carnival they call life. I promise there will be a happy ending. 



 


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Excerpt

A song begins, and it only takes a few strokes of her guitar before I realize what she’s playing—my favorite song since I was a child. The woman in the back belts out Wild Horses with the power of a Kelly Clarkson clone. The way she twists with the melody is haunting, a complete display of emotional battery. With her words, she beats the fuck out of my fragile soul, leaving wounds and bruises so dark, so blue, that anyone can see.

Noah sees. He sees right through me and the space between us shatters. Our walls come down and he stares into my eyes. I catch a glimpse of who we used to be before the world set out on its campaign to destroy us.

His palm grazes over my shoulder before landing on my back. “Come dance with me.”

I don’t say anything, but respond by sliding off my stool and landing on my feet. I let him take the lead as he slowly draws me out to the center of the dance floor. The floor is vacant with nothing standing between us and the songbird—and she soars to new heights, further damaging my fragile emotional state.

Noah takes my left hand into his right and wraps his left hand around my hip. We begin to circle each other, our feet directing where we go. “I’ve missed you, Faith.”

I want to lie to him and say that I don’t feel the same way because things are a whole lot easier that way. But I can’t lie, not right now. Not when he’s holding me like this. “I missed you, too.”

“I’m sorry for earlier.” He runs his face over his shoulder. “I know I can come off bitter and angry.”

“You think?” I ask deadpan.

“I know.”

I lean my head against his shoulder, and it’s a much-needed rest. I could fall asleep like this, all the while my feet continuing to dance in a circle. “Do you ever wish we could go back and change things?”

“Every second of every day.”

I let out a light chuckle that is muffled against the fabric of his shirt. “Our past defines us, Noah. Everyone says it shouldn’t,” I say somberly, “but it does, and I’m running on empty here…”


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Alright readers, that is all I have for you today on the topic of Faithless by KB Nelson. Like I mentioned before, I already had the opportunity to read part one of this serial and my review will be coming soon, I do have to say it is definitely worth reading. Go pick up a copy for yourself, stat! Until next time, Happy Reading!

-Ethan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mortom by Erik Therme Review

Hey guys! Happy Sunday and welcome to another fun filled review by me! You guys all know it's been an absolutely crazy past couple of months for me, it has taken me quite a while to get to this read. The author sent it to me right before all the craziness hit and I just now was able to get to it. I've been in a bit of a reading slump the past week or so and I'm here to tell you, Mortom pulled me right out of it! It was well worth the wait! Before we get to my thoughts, here's a bit about Mortom and our author, Erik Therme:

Mortom: population 986.

On the outskirts of town, 33-year-old Craig Moore is found drowned in the lake. A loner and town eccentric, few attend the funeral.

One week later Andy Crowl arrives in Mortom, still stunned by his cousin’s death and equally confused why everything was left to him. The two hadn’t spoken in years and shared little outside of fierce childhood competition.

But Craig hardly did him a favor. The estate amounts to little more than a drained bank account and a dilapidated property overridden with junk. When Andy finds a dead rat under the refrigerator with a key in its mouth, he thinks it’s some sort of sick joke. Then he finds the letter left by Craig, written two days before his death … detailing the rules of “the game.”




Erik Therme
Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, (inadvertently) harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. None of these have come close to the thrill of releasing his debut novel, Mortom.

When he's not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his oldest daughter's volleyball team, or chilling on the PS3 with his 11-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa--one of only 7 places in the world the UNESCO has certified as a "City of Literature."


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My Thoughts

A few months ago, Erik Therme approached me about reviewing his debut novel. After reading the synopsis I was a little leery. I wasn't sure what genre this fell into. Was it horror? Was is mystery/suspense? Either way I took the dive in. After finishing, I still have no idea what genre to place this read in, but that's okay, because I was hooked! As you folks know I work with a lot of debut authors, and not all of them produce fantastic works on their first journey into the literary world. Not all of them are Erik Therme though!

Before I start raving, I would like to get a few of the negative aspects I found out of the way. When if comes to reviewing a novel, I very seldom read other reviews before I post mine. I don't want anyone else's thoughts to change the way I felt about a novel. In this instance I wanted to read a few reviews before I posted my thoughts just to see if I was wrong on a couple of things. After checking out some others, my few negatives seem to be across the board.

When it came to the characters in Mortom, I was both impressed and disappointed. There is little to no character development throughout the novel. Andy, our MC, starts out as a paranoid, negative, rude guy and actually ends the novel the same way... except maybe a little more paranoid, but with good reason. Kate is insecure, unnecessarily rude, and emotional beyond belief (though the reason why may have been answered in the end). While I liked their characters as people, I just didn't understand or relate to them in any capacity.

I know that this novel is a work of fiction so this may be particular critique may just need to be thrown out the window, but there were a lot of things that just didn't add up in Mortom. I won't go into much because of spoilers, but just some of the 'whats' and 'whys' did not fit the story. For instance, why wouldn't an aunt and uncle go to their nephews funeral? Better question, why didn't Kate? Mary was an interesting character who very clearly had a lot going on, but until the end she didn't see all that upset for a woman who just lost her only son. Per the game? I just don't know that all of those clues are feasible. And even if they were to have been, I think we really need to discuss how messed up in the head Craig must have been. Seriously. Who does some of those things? And for what? In the end was it worth it? No.

My last, but probably biggest negative aspect of the novel was the lack of technology. Now I totally understand that maybe Therme was wanting to go for a timeless quality here that could have taken place at any time, except he made one mistake: listing Craig's age and birth year. With the dates we are given we see this this story takes place within the last decade. A decade full of internet, cell phones, DVDs, digital cameras, etc. Why is it that neither Andy nor Kate have a cell phone? And doesn't anyone in the city of Mortom have access to Google? I feel like a good chunk of Andy's plight could have been made a  bit easier with a simple internet connection. Maybe Mortom was like my hometown and there was no internet available? Who knows, I just know that the entire town seemed to be living like it was still 1945. It was a little discouraging at times. 

Okay we're out of the negatives now. Let me rave on some positives, because at this point you are probably thinking I hated the novel. Well, I will very happily tell you that I did not hate this novel in any capacity. In fact, I had a horrible time with trying to put it down. I couldn't stop reading until I unraveled the mystery for myself! 

One thing I loved about Mortom was the intricate clues to the game. While some of them were a little more "duh" than others, I thought they were fun. I will admit that I had a number of them figured out before Andy, but it was still really fun to see Andy go through the obstacles of solving the puzzle. In that same sense, Mortom kept me guessing. While I had a general idea of how the novel would end, I kept rethinking myself because of all the confusing clues! This just goes to show you to never doubt your first instinct! 

I also loved the secondary characters in Mortom a lot. From Nate, the gas station attendant, to Debbie, the little girl across the street with some big secrets, they really made the novel for me. Debbie in particular. Debbie's character was probably the most influential part of the entire Mortom puzzle and I really did not see that coming. There were some awkward and especially cringe-worthy moments that had me flabbergasted, but in the end it all played out for the better! I was a little put off by Debbie's grandfather, Ricky Simms. Ricky really had his own set of issues, but he appeared to make life a whole lot harder for himself. In the end he really made a couple of rash decisions that forever changed the lives of about 6 people. Seriously, he is one character to keep your eyes on. 

In true mystery fashion, the villain of this novel turns out to be an obscure character you only meet for a second. While I kind of had an idea of who it was, I really could not be positive due to all the interesting characters we get to meet in the city of Mortom. Like I mentioned before, this one really kept me guessing, which was really an enjoyable experience. But I will say that villain was definitely villainous, in fact, I really wanted him to die. He was awful and creepy as all get out. Kudos to Therme for making is entire existence one that definitely gave me chills! 

In the end, was playing the game worth it? Were the secrets Kate and Andy risked it all to solve worth the risk? To that I really don't know. It seems that the only people who gained anything from the game were the two of them. In fact, well.... only one of them. Neither Andy nor Kate really receive any absolution from the novels climax. If anything it only adds to their troubles. 

Per the ending itself. I really liked how it pretty much wrapped up the story for us. There were no cliffhangers or glaring plot holes, but it definitely left me wanting a bit more from at least one character (Andy). I feel like Andy really got a rough deal in this novel and would love to read more about what happens to him after the last page. We leave Andy in a rough place that definitely looks like he is headed down a road nobody wants to be on! 

All-in-all, I am granting Mortom by Erik Therme a well-deserved 4-star review. While I did take issue with a handful of elements from the novel, the mystery/horror aspect of it kept me going. Once I got into it I could NOT put it down. Mortom took me on an awesome journey that I am glad I got to experience. Original, unique, and thought-provoking, Mortom is great for any reader who enjoys getting their mind blown. Perfect for fans of suspense, thrillers, mystery, and horror, Mortom is sure to please! I know that I will be keeping a close eye on the career of Erik Therme in the future, this man has talent! Be careful not to muss anything when you are reading, you never know what may happen when you take the ride into Mortom!

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Alright readers, that is all I have for you on the topic of Mortom by Erik Therme, an awesome read that is sure to blow your minds the way it blew mine! It's a relatively short read, clocking in at just over 200 pages on my Nook, so you have no reason to not check it out! Does Mortom sound like the read for you? If so, head over to the Goodreads and purchase links above to learn more! Already read Mortom? Let me know what you think in the comments below! Special thanks to Erik Therme for supplying me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I sincerely apologize that it has taken me so long to get it finished! Things are finally getting back on track for me here so everyone be on the look out for many more reviews to come, I've got lots to catch up on! Until next time, Happy Reading!

-Ethan