September 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: High Stakes by Nikki Groom

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Title: High Stakes (The Kingdom, #2)
Author: Nikki Groom
Release Date: October 24, 2014
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

“Stupid. Beautiful. Girl.

How did you ever think you could be free?”

The last words I heard before the darkness took me and my dreams were shattered.

I was on my way to having it all.
Friends, family and a future.
Everything I had wished for but never thought possible.

Denham King showed me just how good life could be. A life where love and happiness were within reach.

Almost.

I should have known it would never last.
My past is a dark, damp cloud, that has seeped into my skin and left a cold promise.
A promise of hurt and pain.
A promise of a long, hard fight, where the stakes are high and the risks threaten lives.

When your world gets thrown in all directions, and your dreams for the future are torn from your grasp; how do you go on?

Can I fight the demons that haunt me?
Can love save me from fate’s cruel path?


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Holding Aces (The Kingdom, #1)

They say that time heals all wounds.
But mine are set in so deeply, they’ve taken on a life of their own, lurking in the shadows at every turn and haunting my thoughts.
The girl I once was has been replaced by a stranger.
I don’t even know who I am anymore.

I run.
And I hide.
Pretending to be someone I’m not…

Until I meet Denham King.
My burst of color in an otherwise grey world.
And for the first time in my life, I find myself running towards someone instead of running away.

But fate can be cruel,
and I can’t escape my past.
Can I?

Author Bio


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Nikki Groom is a hopeless romantic, lover of all things happily ever after and firm believer that love makes the world go around. 

In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine. 


She lives in East Sussex with her husband and two children. Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list. 


Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people.


Nikki loves to chat, especially about books! You can find her here…


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Cover Reveal: The Redemption by S.L. Scott

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He was everything she never wanted. Yet, she couldn’t stop thinking about him.

Soulful, amber eyes

A sex, drugs, and rock n’roll reputation

A body that beckoned for sin

Three years ago Rochelle Floros was living her dream come true… then lost it all. On the worst day of her life, the last person she expected to be there for her was a rock star and tabloid favorite. Now, she’s trying to rebuild her life after the tragedy that destroyed her fairytale. Slowly, she found herself captivated by a sexy, bad boy drummer she had known for years.

Rochelle was caught between the grief that shrouded her heart and the charismatic man that made it race. What she didn’t know is if he was being sincere or toying with her heart. The Redemption is about finding the pulse of your soul in the most unlikely places and giving love a chance to grow.

Can what she wants really be what she needs? With his rhythm and her passion, can they make music together? Or will their harmony be lost forever?


About the Author

About S.L. Scott:

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.



Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

In the Spotlight w/ Marissa Meyer

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~*~Marissa Meyer~*~

1.      How did you get the idea for sci-fi-esque fairy tales?

The idea started with a writing contest I entered years ago in which the host had listed ten random prompts and writers had to choose two of them to include in their stories. My two prompts: set it in the future and include a fairy-tale character. My contest entry was a sci-fi version of Puss in Boots and I had so much fun writing it that I thought I would try to do an entire series of sci-fi fairy tales!

A couple months after that I was drifting off to sleep when the lightning bolt struck: Cinderella… as a cyborg! I crawled out of bed and spent about an hour brainstorming and jotting notes. That would, of course, eventually grow into Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles.

2.      How did you pick which fairy tales to center around?

I started by making a list of my favorite fairy tales and stories that I thought would be fun to retell—there were maybe 10 or 12 on the list—then I started brainstorming different ways I could update them for a futuristic story. What science-fiction tropes could I bring into that tale? What new twists could I give it? The four that I ended up choosing (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) were the four that I felt like I had the best ideas for, and from early on I could begin to see how the stories would intertwine.

3.      As a writer, are you a plotter or a winger?

Definitely a plotter! I start every project with an outline. Not a very detailed, scary outline, but enough that I have a general idea of where the story starts and where it ends and what important thing happen in between. I also love the science behind “plot structure,” and I’m constantly analyzing my stories for things like the “inciting incident” and the “black moment” and these very writer-y terms, to make sure I’m building the strongest story I can.

4.      What is your intention with Fairest? Is it to garner sympathy for Queen Levana?

Not really, although I will be interested to hear if that’s a side effect of the book. (So far, of the handful of people who have read it, the reactions have been split pretty 50/50 between those that felt sorry for Levana at the end and those that want to stab her with a fork.) My intentions with Fairest are simply to tell her story. I think she has a fascinating tale, and a lot of things that happened to her in her teen years and at the beginning of her rule heavily impact the things that happen in Winter, so I hope it will give a new layer of dimension to the series as a whole.

5.      With Winter being the last book for the Lunar Chronicles, will you write a Scarlet and Wolf novella? ;)

Oh gosh, maybe! I don’t have any plans for one right now, but never say never. :)

6.      If the zombie apocalypse occurred, what would be your weapon of choice?

The lamp on my bedside table, lol! I’ve spent many sleepless nights thinking about how it will be the first thing I grab if a zombie comes in through the window (our bedroom is on the ground floor). But, you know, hopefully I would have a chance to upgrade a little more effective after that!

7.      Have you ever have a fan girl moment? (Do go into embarrassing detail)

I fangirl all the time on Twitter, but in real life I try to play it pretty cool, haha. I remember right after Cinder came out I was invited to a book festival and I was waiting in the hotel lobby for the van to come pick up the authors and take us to the festival and I realized I was sitting next to Holly Black. Holly Black! I felt like such a dork trying to talk to her like “a peer,” but she was so incredibly nice, and I did feel like, after a while—hey, I’m an author too now. I can do this!

8.      Which one of your heroines (Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter) do you find most relatable?

I personally relate most to Cress. I wish I was resourceful like Cinder and brave like Scarlet, but I’m just not! This is part of the reason they’re so much fun for me to write, though. Whereas Cress is shy and awkward and nerdy, just like me, plus we both have these overactive imaginations. I think any writer could relate to that. And then there’s poor Winter. I relate to her on a lot of sympathetic levels, but she’s been through so much and seen so many awful things in her life that it’s put her on a plane all her own.

9.      As for “Captain” Carswell Thorne, will we get another bonus short story from his past?

I did write a short story called “Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky”—right now it’s only available in the special Target edition of Cress, but I hope to make it available on the internet soon. I don’t have any plans for writing another short story based on his character, but again, who knows? I’ll write anything I’m inspired by!

10.  Regarding Jacin Clay, a mystery in himself, will his role on Luna be explained more thoroughly in Winter?

Oh yes, Jacin becomes a really central character in Winter, and I’m happy to say that my three beta readers all gave him the thumbs-up. I hope readers will feel the same!

11.  In your books, cyborgs are treated like pariahs and second class citizens. Was this intentional and meant as a topic for reflection?

This was definitely intentional. My initial thought was to make it parallel the original Cinderella story, where she’s treated as a lower-class servant by her family and society. One of my favorite parts of the Cinderella story is the “rags to riches” theme, and the idea of how a girl can go from being a no-one to being a princess, so making Cinder a cyborg and second-class citizen was how I accomplished that. I like that it’s given the series a lot of depth as far as our human prejudices against people who are “different,” but I don’t usually give those themes a lot of thought while I’m writing. I’m just trying to tell a good story, and if it makes readers think about our real world, then it’s a bonus!

12.  How do you manage your time with so many different projects going on at once?

Haha. Hahaha. Ha.

Okay, seriously. This is a constant struggle! It’s definitely a challenge balancing not only multiple different writing projects, but also all the non-writing tasks that come with a writing career. (Book tours, school visits, media interviews, social networking, blogging, newsletters, responding to fanmail, reading contracts, and on and on.) I have to be very strict with myself. I make a weekly to-do list every weekend and break down the things that I have to accomplish and the things that I want to accomplish for each day. Then, in the morning, I’ll often schedule my  day down to the half hour. (From 9:00 to 10:00 I’m answering emails, from 10:00 to 11:30 I’m writing a  blog post, from 11:30 to 3:00 I’m revising the next two chapters of the current WIP, and so on.) Having it broken down for me like that helps to stay on task and not feel so overwhelmed… but then there are days when things take longer than you expect and it all falls apart. Oh well! Just be nice to yourself and keep moving forward.

Lightning Round Questions

Favorite food? Peanut butter

Favorite drink? (alcoholic or etc.) Champagne

Favorite guilty pleasure?  Champagne!

Favorite kind of music? Alternative rock

Favorite fictional boyfriend? Sturmhond from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Celeb you’d like to meet? (male, female, or both) Nathan Fillion

Most overused word in your vocabulary? Totally and awesome.

Yoga or jogging? Yoga

Ice cream or gelato? Why choose just one?

Cats or dogs? Cats

Favorite day of the week? Any day where I feel on top of my life.

Absolutely go-to candle scent? Lemon 

~*~Author the Author~*~

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She's a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.



In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.




OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF USA ONLY. GIVEAWAY ENDS ON OCTOBER 3RD 2014. THERE WILL BE 2 WINNERS. THE GRAND PRIZE IS A SET OF HARDCOVER COPIES OF THE LUNAR CHRONICLES ALONG WITH A MISCELLANEOUS SWAG AND A  RAMPION POSTER.

THE SECOND WINNER WILL WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF CINDER WITH A SIGNED RAMPION POSTER. FOR THE EBOOK PRIZE IF YOU ALREADY HAVE EBOOK COPIES OF THE LUNAR CHRONICLES, THIS PRIZE CAN BE SUBSTITUTED FOR THE PRE-ORDER OF ANY OTHER MARISSA MEYER EBOOK THAT HAS YET TO BE PUBLISH (i.e. Fairest or Winter).

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September 18, 2014

Release Blitz: Romancing Robin Hood by Jenny Kane

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Dr. Grace Harper has loved the stories of Robin Hood ever since she first saw them on TV as a girl. Now, with her fortieth birthday just around the corner, she’s a successful academic in Medieval History, with a tenured position at a top university.
But Grace is in a bit of a rut. She’s supposed to be writing a textbook on a real-life medieval gang of high-class criminals – the Folvilles – but she keeps being drawn into the world of the novel she’s secretly writing – a novel which entwines the Folvilles with her long-time love of Robin Hood – and a feisty young girl named Mathilda, who is the key to a medieval mystery…

Meanwhile, Grace’s best friend Daisy – who’s as keen on animals as Grace is on the Merry Men – is unexpectedly getting married, and a reluctant Grace is press-ganged into being her bridesmaid. As Grace sees Daisy’s new-found happiness, she starts to re-evaluate her own life. Is her devotion to a man who may or may not have lived hundreds of years ago really a substitute for a real-life hero of her own? It doesn’t get any easier when she meets Dr Robert Franks – a rival academic who Grace is determined to dislike but finds herself being increasingly drawn to…

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Excerpt

It was all Jason Connery’s fault, or maybe it was Michael Praed’s? As she crashed onto her worn leather desk chair Grace, after two decades of indecision, still couldn’t decide which of the two actors she preferred in the title role of Robin of Sherwood.
That was how it had all started, ‘The Robin Hood Thing’ as Daisy referred to it, with an instant and unremitting love for a television show. Yet, for Grace, it hadn’t been a crush in the usual way. She had only watched one episode of the hit eighties series and, with the haunting theme tune from Clannad echoing in her ears, had run upstairs to her piggy bank to see how much money she’d saved, and how much more cash she’d need, before she could spend all her pocket money on the complete video collection. After that, the young Grace had done every odd job her parents would pay her for so she could purchase a myriad of Connery and Praed posters with which to bedeck her room. But that was just the beginning. Within weeks Grace had become pathologically and forensically interested in anything and everything to do with the outlaw legend as a whole.
She’d watched all the Robin Hood films, vintage scenes of Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Errol Flynn, Richard Greene, Sean Connery, and Barry Ingram. As time passed, she winced and cringed her way through Kevin Costner’s comical but endearing attempt, and privately applauded Patrick Bergin’s darker and infinitely more realistic approach to the tale. Daisy had quickly learnt to never ever mention Russell Crowe’s adaption of the story – it was the only time she’d ever heard Grace swear using words that could have been as labelled as Technicolor as the movie had been.
The teenage Grace had read every story, every ballad, and every academic book, paper, and report on the subject. She’d hoarded pictures, paintings, badges, and stickers, along with anything and everything else she could find connected with Robin Hood, his band of outlaws, his enemies, Nottingham, Sherwood, Barnsdale, Yorkshire – and so it went on and on. The collection, now over twenty years in the making, had reached ridiculous proportions and had long since overflowed from her small terraced home to her university office, where posters lined the walls, and books about the legend, both serious and comical, crammed the overstuffed shelves.
Her undergraduates who’d chosen to study medieval economy and crime as a history degree option, and her postgraduates whose interest in the intricate weavings of English medieval society was almost as insane as her own, often commented on how much they liked Dr Harper’s office. Apparently it was akin to sitting in a mad museum of medievalism. Sometimes Grace was pleased with this reaction. Other times it filled her with depression, for that office, its contents, and the daily, non-stop flow of work was her life – her whole life – and sometimes she felt that it was sucking her dry. Leaving literally no time for anything else – nor anyone else. Boyfriends had come and gone, but few had any hope of matching up to the figure she’d fallen in love with as a teenager. A man who is quite literally a legend is a hard act to follow...

Author bio and links

Jenny Kane is the author of the contemporary novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the best selling contemporary romance novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequel Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013)
Jenny’s first children’s book, There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hush Puppy Books) will be released later this year, and her third full length romance novel, Abi’s House (Accent Press), will be published in Spring 2015.

Keep your eye on her blog for more details, as well as her Twitter and Facebook.

Cover Reveal: Debonair by Jani Kay

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Title: Debonair
Author: Jani Kay
Release Date: November 10, 2014 as part of OWNED: An Alpha Anthology
Book Cover Design By Louisa Maggio of LM Creations

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Synopsis

deb•o•nair

adjective \ˌde-bə-ˈner\

of a man : dressing and acting in a stylish and sophisticated way : urbane, attractive, charming and confident

Debonair and sexy-as-sin Tyler Sinclair has fought his way from poverty to the top as a Wall Street stockbroker. Hungry for success, ambitious for power and glory, he doesn’t have time for messy emotions like love. When his colleague is called away on business, Tyler is stuck with an intern he never wanted and doesn’t have time for. Three weeks of torture await him.

Raised by a single mother, Brooklyn Bennett is an Australian girl who works and studies hard to achieve her dreams. She scores an internship with a prestigious firm in New York for six months. Focused on her career, she can't afford to lose sight of her goals. Love is not on her agenda.

From the moment Tyler lays eyes on the girl with the golden hair, strange accent and sassy attitude, something about her intrigues him. Can he teach her all she needs to learn without losing his heart? Can he make her yield to him not only in the boardroom but also in the bedroom? Will a few nights of passion change the way they both feel about love . . . or is it just about sex, money and desire?

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About the Author

Jani Kay

Jani has been a bookworm all her life - as a voracious reader, she would gladly spend her last dollar on a book. She’s fascinated that for the mere price of a book (often less than the price of a coffee!) she can escape her life for a while and see the world through someone else's eyes.

Jani has a wicked sense of humor, loves the color red, and is a fiery Aries.

In her 'other' life, Jani is a business woman and a scientist - a creative scientist though - she formulates skin care products and brews up concoctions in her lab...*evil laugh*

Jani has 2 beautiful children who have grown into amazing young adults. Her hubby takes care of her while she writes by making sure her stash of M&Ms never run out and supports her dream of growing up to be an author. They happily call Western Australia home.

One of the questions Jani is asked most, is if she has been to all the places she describes in her books. The answer is YES! Besides reading and writing, her favorite 'thing' is traveling.

Ever since her childhood, she’s wanted to be a writer and now that she has finally faced her fear of failure head on, she’s discovered her own unique style of writing and her 'voice'. She loves to burn the midnight oil to tell all the stories in her head. (Yeah, those characters are a noisy bunch!)
Above all, Jani believes in Kindness, Karma, Magic & Miracles...

Jani would love to hear from you!

She is on FB https://www.facebook.com/janikaybooks and would love it if you joined her group, Jani Kay’s Krusaders at http://goo.gl/tJWx7D

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Release Blitz: The Invitation by Roxy Sloan

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Title: The Invitation
Author: Roxy Sloane
Genre: Erotica
Release Date: September 18, 2014

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Synopsis

It’s my last night in town, and I’m not flying home until this girl is flat on her back with her ankles up around her shoulders and my dick so deep inside her she'll never want another cock again.

Hot, English businessman Ashton made a pact not to screw up his friendship with Justine ‘JJ’ Jenkins over a cheap one-night stand. Now, two years later, he’s going out of his mind with wanting her -- but she’s still off-limits. Now school is over, and his control is wearing thin. They've got one last night together, and he’s determined to make it an experience she’ll never forget.

The one girl he can’t have is going to have the night of her life. And with a sexy game of dare on the table, it won’t take long...

***Discover THE INVITATION, the red-hot new series from #1 erotica bestseller Roxy Sloane.**

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About The Author

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Roxy Sloane is a romance junkie with a dirty mind. She lives in Los Angeles with her hot ex-military hubby and her two kids. She loves writing sexy, complex stories about pushing the boundaries and risking it all.

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Release Day Blitz: Unforgiven by Rebecca Shea

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We are so excited to celebrate the release of UNFORGIVEN by Rebecca Shea today! Trust us, you do not want to miss out Lindsay and Matt's story!

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Lindsay Christianson seemingly has it all—the perfect career, the perfect boyfriend, and the best-laid plans for a perfect life—until one phone call changes everything.

With a moments notice, Lindsay must choose between her perfect life and her professional dreams. The choice momentarily seems clear when the opportunity to propel her career abruptly sends her across the country, leaving everything she loves behind in North Carolina.

Navigating a new city with a broken heart and a job where her colleagues will do anything to sabotage her success, the pressure quickly becomes too great. When old habits resurface, Lindsay finds herself chasing demons she thought were long since buried.

With pain and destruction left in her wake, will Lindsay find a way to erase the damage she’s done, or will her sins remain unforgiven?

**This book is a Contemporary Romance and contains mature subject matter. It is not intended for those under 17 years of age.**

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About Rebecca Shea

Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable and Undone. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.



ARC Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series 

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.


Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
 
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


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Marie Freakin' Lu. I absolutely love her and her books. This lovely lady is a local author and quite an artist. I managed to get a copy of her upcoming book, The Young Elites, at this year's San Diego Comic Con. This book is full of fantasy, hate, love, grief, betrayal, death, darkness, throne climbing and character growth. Set in the country of Kenettra, the story centers around several characters and shifts between first person and third person. Adelina Amouteru is a scarred (literally) young sixteen year old girl who is among the thousands of people who came down with a blood fever (of unknown origins) that spread across Kenettra. 

On Marie's website there's a mini blurb about TYE that's basically summarizes the entire story in a nutshell, "The Young Elites (available everywhere Oct. 7, 2014) is the origin story of a villain. It is set in an alternate fantasy version of Renaissance Italy. After the equivalent of the Black Death sweeps through the world, a few survivors come out of the illness with supernatural powers. The main character, Adelina, is essentially the teenage girl version of Darth Vader or Magneto—the story chronicles her downfall into darkness."

Despite the fact that Adelina is the proposed "villian," I couldn't help, but feel only empathy and heartache for her. As a female, she has no power over herself, which goes along with the time period of misogyny and male dominance. Adding to the mix, her only surviving parent is an abusive, cruel, and self-serving monster. There were so many times where I wanted to throttle her father. Adelina wasn't the only one who came down with the fever in her family. Her younger sister did as well and  unlike, Adelina, Violetta recovered without a scar to mar her beautiful features. There is some jumping to and fro between flashbacks, but at the current moment, the blood fever has passed through Delia, Adelina's hometown, and some survivors are rumored to have developed powers. In an era where religion reigns supreme, this does not bode well for the survivors, also known as malfetto, abominations. For those who do not follow this line of thinking, the survivors are known as the young elites.

Ever since she has recovered from the blood fever, her father has done everything imaginable to Adelina to bring out any powers she might have received from the blood fever. After eavesdropping on her father's private conversation with a mysterious stranger, Adelina packs up her few belongings and runs away from home. She doesn't make it far, when her father catches up with her. There's a struggle and she snaps. All of the stress, anger, and hatred boils up inside her and her power is finally reveal and leaves her father dead.  At the risk of sounding bloodthirsty, I cheered at this! I was glad that he was her first kill. Despite her godly powers, Adelina has a mortal heart and the guilt from her father's death is her constant companion. 

Caught by the palace guards and sentenced to be burned at the stake. Here we are introduced to Teren Santoro, the leader of the Inquisition Axis. Officially he works for the king, but he also has his own motives and ambitions. He definitely plays a key role in Adelina's fall into darkness throughout the story and we'll definitely see more of him in the future. Things look bad for Adelina, but she is rescued by a band of young elites and spirited away. She may have escaped the clutches of Teren for now, but she might have traded one prison sentence for another. The Dagger Society, as they are called are comprised of young elites from all walks of life and social classes. Their leader is Enzo Valenciano, also known as The Reaper. Charming, but calculating. He's not someone you mess with. Just like Teren, his motives are many and he won't hestitate to kill Adeline if she doesn't help further his cause. Under the watchful eyes of the Dagger Society, Adeline begins to train in fighting and exploring the limits of her powers, or rather the lack of them. As Adelina's story unfolds and entwines with those of Teren and Enzo, we'll see how much one can take before giving in to the darkness within.

Without going into too much detail, the cast of the Dagger Society are solid individuals with their own backstories that  will hopefully be revealed in the second book. There are other major players besides Teren and Enzo, however they were only briefly touched upon. The plot twist near the end put me through an emotional wringer. I hope it isn't permanent and that it will be fixed in book two, but we shall see what Marie has planned. In a Q & A during a signing, Marie stated that Magento was her favorite and this book definitely reflects that. This was another great addition to Marie's resume and a definite addition to my bookshelf. A solid 5 star rating. You did well, Marie. Now hurry up and write book two already. :)

About the Author


I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.


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Blog Tour Promo Post: Saddles and Sin by Jessie Evans

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Even sweet cowboys have a sinful side…

Robert Lawson—Bubba to his friends—is six feet, four inches of tall, dark, and handsome cowboy, with a panty-melting voice and a face made to launch a country music career. But when his family’s ranch hands go down with the flu, Robert cancels his high-profile auditions in Austin, and returns home to Lonesome Point to help out. Fortune and fame are all well and good, but family and friends come first. Besides, he’s ready to enjoy some off-the-clock time with his manager, a woman who has him dying to show her what a good man can do to a woman when he’s given permission to be bad.

Marisol Medina has been looking for her golden ticket since she became a country music manager. A scandal with one of her clients nearly destroyed her, but now she's close to launching an artist who will make her career. Robert Lawson has it all—talent, charisma, and a naughty side that flicks all of Marisol’s kinkier switches. But Robert is off limits. She refuses to mix business and pleasure, even if it will be hell resisting temptation while spending a week at the Lawson family ranch, doing her best to convince Robert to ditch the saddle and embrace his future as a star.

But as Marisol and Robert grow closer and the passion between them ignites, Marisol must decide if fear is stronger than love, or if a chance at forever is worth breaking all her rules.

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Excerpt

She was already turned on. She’d been turned on since the moment she met Robert’s eyes across the bar. Having him throw her over his shoulder and tote her out of the saloon like a caveman dragging his woman back to his lair was enough to make her body hum, her panties wet, and all the defenses she’d worked so hard to shore up today threaten to crumble to pieces. One of two things was going to happen—she was either going to kiss him again, or she was going to expend a ridiculous amount of willpower trying not to kiss him, and become an emotional mess in the process.

She should have leapt at the chance to two-step with the pock-marked Count Dracula look-a-like and stayed at the bar. Better yet, she should have bolted out the back door the second she spotted Robert smoldering at her from across the room. But she hadn’t, and now there was no winning in her current situation, only lesser degrees of losing.

She’d drawn a hard line in the sand about keeping things professional, but kissing Robert would be a lot less mortifying than falling to pieces in his arms the way she nearly had last night. Kissing might lead to going to bed frustrated—she refused to take things further than a kiss, no matter how much she wanted to beg him to take her against the nearest wall—but it wouldn’t lead to getting emotionally involved.

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About Jessie Evans

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.

She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more. 

When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.

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