Monday, November 25, 2013

First Three Chapters Release + Giveaway: Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

Ann Stampler is one of the sweetest authors around. So I'm more than happy to do this for three-chapter reveal for Afterparty! Of course, thanks to Simon & Schuster, Elana and Ann, there will be a giveaway for you guys. It's gonna be an ARC and it's gonna be signed, just the way you like it.


A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma isn’t.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, a bash where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...

Buy Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Indiebound

About the Author:

Ann Stampler was the mild mannered author of literary picture books when she broke out, tore off her tasteful string of pearls, and started writing edgy, contemporary young adult novels set in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and writer’s-helper rescue dog – without whose compelling distraction she would have no doubt penned dozens of novels by now.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper

Title: Dangerous Depths
Series: The Sea Monster Memoirs #2
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Release Date: November 20, 2013 

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Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love.

The gate to the sea creature realm is finally open. Yara wants to bask in the glow of her budding relationship with Treygan and explore Medusa’s world, but as the new leader of Rathe her powers are needed to save a sea creature she’s never met. 

Rownan assumes the worst is behind him when he returns home to be reunited with his wife, Vienna, only to discover she’s gone. She traveled to the evil realm of Harte to find another gateway to Earth and was never heard from again. Rownan claimed he would go through hell to be with her, and now he must prove it. 

Rownan, Yara, and Treygan will put their lives and souls at risk by traveling to the most dangerous realm of all. Love is supposed to conquer all, but no one has ever conquered Harte.



Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate, and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.


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Monday, November 11, 2013

Giveaway: Time Between Us + Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

Hi lovelies! So I'm just popping in to give you a treat. I've been in an alternate (work/no free time) world and I'm sorry. But I've been reading up so expect reviews this month.

For the 10th month of the 2013 Time Travel Reading Challenge, Dianne and I are offering you a chance to win Time Between Us and Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone.

Book Description:

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Hyperion

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

Book Description:

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion

Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us's Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Happy Birthday Dianne + Giveaway Event!

As the title says, November 3rd is the birthday of a dear friend of mine, Dianne from @ Oops I Read a Book Again! She is one of the most awesome bloggers on the face the planet. Graduating from the same university at the same time, we more or less had the same background and with our love for books, I just found her to be the sister I never had. A dependable multi-tasker, blogger, blog tour coordinator and professional mad scientist (she studied Molecular Microbiology), she now sends out waves of love with her event (and lotsa giveaways). So drop by on her blog and greet her:

My message:

Happy Birthday, girlie! I know it gets hard to talk these days what with us living in different "time zones" but I just wanted to thank you for everything. You're the best listener and commenter and adviser and second-thought-checker. I love how you send out emails and tweets with !!!!! You're an enthusiastic and charming person. You deserve all the awesome in the world. Can't wait to email you 30 seconds after this. Happy birthday and lots of love!


Here are some of the birthday greetings from our fellow bloggers:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DIANNE!!! Thank you so, so much for everything (for the help, the endless questions, for being so cute and nice) I hope you'll have more lovely, lovely days ahead!
– Michelle @ The Twins Read

Happy Birthday! Thanks for being so sweet and nice. This is your day! So enjoy and keep on smiling. I wish you all the best in life and more books to come -wink-

See you on our Christmas Party!
– Dannielle @ Book Whales

Hi Dianne!
Happy happy 20th birthday! Man, times flies, doesn't it? Anyway, make sure to enjoy your day - celebrate with all the people you love! I consider myself really lucky to have someone like you in my life - you're such an amazing person, and I can't wait to bond with you more. See you soon, love!
– Lyra @ Defiantly Defiant

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DIANNE!! ♥ Thank you for being such a sweet and supportive friend! You're definitely one of the people who has made blogging so fun and enjoyable. I love our little talks and fangirl-y moments because let's face it, we all need someone to fangirl with. LOL I wish you more success in life AND blogging and may you be showered with many more blessings. Stay you!
- Louisse @ The Soul Sisters

Well first and foremost happy birthday and congratulations for having a super successful book blog. I am so happy to become part of your blog tours.

I'd like to thank you for being the most cheerful friend that I had and most specially, I'll never forget that I am your "plus one" on Tahereh Mafi's signing event. I'll cherish it for the rest of my bookish life.

I wish you all the best in your career and good health. May God continue to bless with such wonderful things. I am just so happy that I met you.
– Leslie @ Bibliophile Kid

Hi Dianne!

Happy, happy birthday! I hope that this year will be a year filled with blessings, joy, and books(!) for you. Thanks for being someone to talk to on twitter and for hosting all these wonderful blog tours that introduced me to so many amazing new books. Also, don't forget to relax once in a while and de-stress, especially today. =))

Continue blogging and stay awesome! ;)
– Tiffany @ Read, Breathe, Read

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANNE! May you have a hundred (?! XD) more birthdays to come. Thanks for being such a great friend - so great, that you gave me a new obsession. You have dibs on the show, but I claim dibs on Mike ;) Love yah, girlie!
– Kazhy from My Library in the Making

Happy happy birthday Dianne!! Here's to many more years filled with everything that makes up every bit of your happiness. I hope you're having a terrific day!

P.S. It's so cool that you've graduated before you turned 20! Idol :))
– Dea @ Teen Reader’s Diary

Happy happy birthday! I know this sounds cliche but I wish you best in your life. Thank you for being really nice and patient. I'm happy to meet you in my life. Thank you for being the best blog event partner ever!
-Michelle @ The Escapist

***Late addition!***

Happy Birthday, Dianne! Wishing you a year full of great reads and hot fictional boys to swoon over. I know this has been a year full of changes for you (graduating and getting a job), welcome to the world of adulthood! Have a good one! :)
-Kai @ Amaterasu Reads

Hi Dianne!

I wish you a happy birthday! MWUAH! I had loads of fun being part of the tours you host, I hope we get to see each again again soon before the year ends. Hehe
-Chyna @ Lite-rate-ture

Friday, November 01, 2013

[Blog Tour] Philippine Folklore and The Aswang Wars: Guest Post by Enita Meadows

Hi guys! I don't normally find YA novels about Philippine folklore but guess what? I did encounter not just a novel but a series that falls under the YA Paranormal field. Yes, it's not just Philippine mythology but "Aswangs" to be specific. That is one of a kind. To make things more interesting, an American author wrote this. So enough with my babbling and let's move on to the Halloween feature!

Book Description:

When amnesiac Jei Rivera wakes up on the streets of Manila in 1982 with nothing but a necklace and a name, he makes a life for himself spending his days in sleep and his nights crippling weaklings in an underground fight club. With a sixth sense and physical abilities surpassing every opponent he's ever met in the decades past, Jei knows he's not normal, but has no way of knowing what he really is. When he meets Malaya, a girl claiming to be an aswang from northern Mindanao and the clan of the Manduruko, Jei is thrust back into their world and their war. Now Jei must travel south with Malaya and the last Mantahungal to rediscover his shapeshifting abilities and play his role in the war. But the Segbin, having discovered Jei's existence, are waiting around every corner as they make their way south, and Jei's sixth sense - with a mind of its own - slowly takes control from the inside out.

Get it on Amazon.

Enita Meadows was born and raised in California before moving to Washington State at the age of 10. She lived there for eight years, absorbing the mis-mash of cultures and people all around her. This diversity and exposure to different ways of life prompted her to write several of her books, which take place in many different and exotic places, with characters as varying in background as the world around her.

In the summer of 2010, Enita was lucky enough to be invited by her best friend, a Filipino, to visit his family in Manila. During the two weeks she spent in the country, she experienced a piece of the lifestyle and culture of the islands both strange and beautiful, and was inspired to write The Aswang Wars. She returned to the states, wrote out the story, and after dozens of edits, she submitted the manuscript and received a contract for the first book, Manduruko.

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