Wednesday, 29 April 2015

WANT-IT WEDNESDAY: The Heir by Kiera Cass

Heyyy! Thanks for stopping by!!
So seeing as today is Wednesday (duh, Nylah...I'm not a very social person) I've decided to do my FIRST WANT-IT WEDNESDAY OF 2015!!! And the book which will be featured today is....
The Heir by Kiera Cass!!
Okay, so for those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook know that I've been OBSESSING over this series like crazy- seriously the favourites, the retweets..everything. Honestly, like 28.999% of my photo album on my phone is due to the Selection series. I've even gone as far as creating a collection for all my pics of WeHeartIt and Pinterest!

So the orginal Selection series is a trilogy (two of my reviews are here and here- third one coming out in two days!) Then my #1 bæ author, Kiera Cass announced two more novels..alongside the novellas. And now that's too many for me to count! Woohoo!

Anyways, now that I've finally stopped blabbering away (j/k), I'm gonna give you the deets. 
**BONUS: It comes out on my birthday!!! Halleujah 🙏 It was meant to be

Info: 
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought. 

I want this novel because...
Mason and America ('Maxerica') are my OTP so not only do I want to see them as parents, but I want to see how a male Selection happens!

If you're confused, I suggest you read both of my reviews (here and here).


If you're totally in the same boat as me, then have you read a sneak peak of the first page? (It was released by Kiera Cass for xmas) 


Also, head over to the Epic Reads YouTube channel to meet three suitors (they're all..different to each other).


Eeeeee I'm so excited!! In exactly one week, we'll be able to read it!  Woo hoo

So I'm gonna go party on the roof (j/k- it's too cold here in England) but here's some no-thinky questions for you to answer in the comments :)

:..Are you pumped to see Maxon at age 39?
:..Who are you looking more forward to seeing as a parent: Maxon or America?
:..do you think Eadlyn has a personality like America's?
:..What are you looking most forward to?? The suitors?

If you're super interested in purchasing this novel, here are some preorder links!!
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Thanks so much for reading this post!! Heart ya to the moon and back!
☑️ Be sure to check back here on Saturday (or just follow me on Twitter or add me on Google+) to check out my review of The One!!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Retribution by Kim Cresswell

Heyy!! Today I'm celebrating the RELEASE DAY BLITZ of Retribution by Kim Cresswell, here on Spring Reads!
Let's get started!!

Blurb:
THE WAR HAS JUST BEGUN…
Once the top leader of the Sur del Calle cartel, Colombia’s largest drug trafficking organization, Pablo Sanchez has declared revenge against Blake Barnett, the FBI agent who’d killed his twin brother over a decade ago.
After one failed attempt forced him to flee the United States, Pablo has a bold new plan and he’s even more determined to kill Blake and his fiancée, Whitney Steel.
From Las Vegas to the militant infected jungles of Bogota, Blake has no choice but to risk his life and infiltrate the cartel’s inner world and eliminate the ruthless drug lord.
But the price of failure is higher than ever as he’s forced to use the woman he loves as a pawn in a deadly game—where the events of the past and present collide.
WARNING: This book contains graphic language, adult situations, and violence.
 Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working in legal and adult education before returning to her first love, writing. 
Her debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION, has won numerous awards: RomCon®'s 2014 Readers' Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD'tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley's Romance Writers of America (RWA) "Gotcha!" Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), Honourable Mention in Calgary's (RWA) The Writer's Voice Contest (2006). LETHAL JOURNEY won RomCon®'s 2014 Readers' Crown (Thriller) and was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003). Her action-packed thrillers have been highly praised by reviewers and readers. As one reviewer said, "Buckle up, Hang on tight!" Kim recently entered the true crime writing arena. Real Life Evil - A True Crime Quickie (two short stories) was published in January 2014. You can read her latest true crime stories in Serial Killer Quarterly, a new quarterly e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press. She is also a member of The American Investigative Society Of Cold Cases (AISOCC), a non-profit, volunteer based organization of professional investigators whose sole mission is to assist in solving cold cases. To learn more about Kim and her writing, visit www.kimcresswell.ca
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CHAPTER ONE
Death by lethal injection.
Whitney had waited years to hear those four words. Final justice for a man who’d taken so much from her and her fiancé, Blake Barnett. She stood on the concrete steps outside the seven storey L-shaped courthouse waiting for her cameraman, Jerry Maxwell, to give her the on-air countdown. After a last minute microphone check, Whitney drew a deep breath then exhaled slowly.
Jerry held up his fingers. “In five…four…three…two…one.”
“I’m reporting live outside the district courthouse on South Las Vegas Boulevard. Moments ago, District Attorney Jason Kurz announced the jury had sentenced Nathan Shaw to death by lethal injection. Mr. Kurz stated the jury found, unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt, that Mr. Shaw is a continuing threat to society.”
She swallowed hard, barely able to get the words out.
“A month ago, Nathan Shaw, owner of ShawBioGen, was found guilty on four counts of conspiracy to commit murder and one count of attempted murder of a federal agent.”
That FBI agent is the man I love.
The memory of that day was before her in all its bloody glory. The image of Blake shot and left to die played over and over in her mind. Perspiration broke out across her forehead.  
Damn it. Not now. Breathe…
“Mr. Shaw had hired a hitman to kill Claire Barnett, a microbiologist with his company, Senator Mason Bailey, George Raines, an editor with WBNN-TV, and District Attorney Kate Leathham in hopes of covering up his illegal human cloning project.” Sadness tugged at her heart. So many lives lost. Her legs trembled. “Nathan Shaw will be executed at Nevada State Prison in Carson City. His attorney, Warren Demotteo, is expected to file a formal appeal later today.”
She paused to take a breath. “This is Whitney Steel. News3.”
Jerry gave a quick nod, his cue they were off the air.
Whitney lowered the microphone and kept it clutched in her right hand as she watched two workers at the other end of the courthouse dismantling the makeshift press conference tent used earlier.
“Are you okay?” Jerry removed the camera from his shoulder and placed it on the ground. “For a minute there, I thought you were going to pass out.”
Her body went limp with relief. Her gaze met his. She smiled and picked up her purse from the step and swung it over her shoulder. “I’ll be fine.”
It’s finally over.
With Nathan Shaw’s sentencing behind her, now she could focus on her upcoming wedding on August second which was less than three weeks away. She couldn’t wait. And neither could Blake.
In the parking lot, Jerry opened the rear door of the News3 satellite broadcast van and loaded their equipment.
Whitney eyed a white SUV with dark tinted windows stop a car’s length away. With the lot full due to the sentencing, the driver appeared to be waiting for their spot.
Jerry slammed the van door shut. “You ready?”
“Yeah, let’s get back to the station.” She glanced over her shoulder.  
Three men jumped out of the SUV wearing black balaclavas.
They barreled toward her.
She spotted guns in their hands.
After a brief moment of paralyzing disbelief, Whitney clutched her purse and bolted to the passenger side of the vehicle.
“Get in. Hurry!” Jerry yelled.
She reached for the door handle but a strong arm looped around her neck and dragged her back.
The heels of her shoes scrapped against the pavement. “Let go—of me.”
The man covered her mouth with a leather-gloved hand and pulled her between the parked cars and out of sight.
She felt the muzzle of the gun jab into her back.
Moist breath brushed against her ear. “Shut the hell up.”
Another man held a gun to Jerry’s temple. “You’re going to film this. Live. Understand?”
Jerry held up his hands, his eyes wide. “Okay, okay.  But—it’s going to take a few minutes to setup the feed.” He opened the van’s back door again and fumbled for his equipment.
Whitney squirmed.
The man tightened his grip around her neck.  
She wheezed and fought for a breath.
Who were these men? What did they want?
The sane voice in her head ordered her to stay still. Even though she had a black belt in karate and was skilled at crushing a person’s windpipe or disarming a knife-wielding attacker, she wasn’t stupid enough to take on three guys that were double her height and weight with guns aimed at her. All she could do was watch, stay as calm as possible, and hope someone would see what was going on and call the police.
When Jerry had the live feed setup, he stood in front of them, camera ready. His voice trembled. “You’re on.”
The third man, the tallest of the group, pulled a red and white bandana out of a small plastic bag he had stuffed in the pocket of his jeans.
He pressed the moist cloth over her mouth and nose and held it there.
She squirmed and kicked but it was useless. Her head started to buzz. The sickly sweet smell mixed with the rotten odor of strong cleaning solution invaded her head.  
Blood pounded in her ears and male voices turned faint and distorted.
As her breathing slowed every muscle turned to mush. Then blackness drowned her vision and she realized what the men wanted.
They wanted her.


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CHARACTER STUDY: The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III || Q+A & GIVEAWAY!!

Hello there! Today I'm going to be doing a Character Study (which I've never done before!) of The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III

Here's the info on the book!

Goodreads summary:
A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, "The Unholy" is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision. PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion. 

GENRE: (Urban) Fantasy, Sci-Fi
AUTHOR: Paul DeBlssie III
PUBLISHER: Sunstone Press

PAGE NUMBER: 202
RELEASE DATE: August 1st 2013

To begin with, I'm going to show you the Q+A: 


Q & A with Paul DeBlassie III
Please give us your website addy, a list of your books and a short bio. http://www.pauldeblassieiii.com
 PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.

How do you usually come up with a story idea? Dreams? Writer’s journal? Eavesdropping on conversations? Newspaper? Stories come to me as archetypal images that slam onto the white screen of my mind and scream for attention, generating a rhythm and pulse as I put words to paper and allow for the unfolding of dramatic fiction as was startlingly clear in the haunted image of the crazed and evil Archbishop Anarch and the young warrior-healer medicine woman, Claire Sanchez in The Unholy.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book? The overall life and process of being a published author for me is one of integrating both writing and pr, both aspects integral to who I am as a writer, so it isn’t difficult because there is no juggling only living the life of a writer and expressing myself in a given moment in a given venue.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Whether a writer is self publishing or using a traditional publisher, what matters is that she or he constantly stay with the life of being a writer and all that that means, not give up, constantly put one foot in front of the other and write and live on!

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love time with my wife, Kate, and my grown children and their spouses, and my new granddaughter who is about to be borne! Creative process for me is birthed out of relationships lived creatively and to the best of my ability.
Who or what inspires you when your creative mojo is lagging? The problem is never that my creative mojo lags; it’s more about regulating the mojo so that it doesn’t completely possess my energies as often threatened during the writing of The Unholy when nightmarish images, soon to be set to paper, haunted my dreams and waking life!

Who is your Yoda—your seasoned mentor?
My seasoned mentors (there is more than one) are a sacred trinity of deceased gothic writers H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, and Arthur Machen. They lean over my shoulder, whisper in my ear words of inspiration and dark magic! It’s quite a scintillating psychic process.
What person would you like to thank for inspiring you in your writing aspirations? How did this person help you? Kate, my wife, guided me to move from writing inspirational depth psychology to dramatic dark fiction since story can inform and inspire in a way that is much deeper than nonfiction since it moves directly past the defenses of the ego and into the deep unconscious mind where things sizzle, percolate, and are transformed!

Have you ever used songs for inspiration?
Right now as I’m writing, the blues is playing….Love Me With A Feeling…it’s what I usually right to…the blues…because it hits at the core of human existence…tragedy, triumph, realms of wondering and spirit and night frights and ghosts aplenty that haunt life and love.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

BOOK TALK: Books Being Adapted Into Films

Salutations! Thanks for stopping by :)
I've spontaneously decided to start a new segment on my blog entitled 'Book Talk'...wherein I talk about, uh, books. J/k..well kinda. It's just certain topics and discussions.
And to start off this segment, I'm going to discuss the factor that single-handedly increases the amount of sales and popularity of books: Adapting it into a film. 

2009 was the beginning of something huge with Twilight becoming a huge hit. (I'll admit, I was a Twi-hard but that kinda died out). It made vampires hot and sooo many shows, movies and books were centered around them. The Vampire Diaries came out, which was adapted from books and then the saga of Twilight continued.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a huuggeeee Potterhead (I think that's what Harry Potter fans are called) but I think it was probably around The Order of The Phoenix-The Half Blood Prince to where it had lots of more attention, due to the comparison to Twilight. 
Being British, we all practically grew up to Harry Potter bedtime stories and were told this: JK Rowling had more money than the Queen. So there's no denying that adapting a book does definitely increase sales and popularity. 
But is it worth it?

In the case of the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which I hear is a massively successful novel series, that got barely one star on Rotten Tomatoes for the film, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell-Bower, no it is not worth it. I actually went to watch that, because of the huge buzz it got: It had it's own nail polish line, it was pegged to be a cool gothic love story and the relationship between Collins and Campbell-Bower off-screen. But man, oh man was it dull. It was too try-hardy- not individual at all. 
Sorry, I must stress (mainly to myself, not you) that this is a discussion, not a review. 
Anyways, you could say the movie adaptation of TMI destroyed the novel series...hell, it did for me- I've been put off the books, unfortunately (never say never, though). 
Well there's proven to be life after that disaster as it's been picked up by ABC for a TV show (possibly following the footsteps of TVD and PLL, etc?), with the dude from Taylor Swift's 'Style' playing Jace. 
Also, the sales of the books have gone sky-high, which could either be due to huge amounts of book recommendations from friends or the need to be down with everything, rather than looked down upon (simple in-group/out-group principles).

In the case of The Hunger Games and Divergent, then yes. [You wouldn't even be reading this if you had no idea what THG and Divergent are so there's no need for explanations]. Both the films and books were hits and so it seems that these adaptations were worth it. 

Then we've got The Fault In Our Stars, which, pardon me for sounding so crude, but which, in a sense popularised cancer. There's a few TV shows about cancer now and hopefully there's plenty of awareness, too. (That movie, FYI, was cinematic gold).
I found myself to be a victim to the need of being in the in-group by buying and reading (and enjoying) the book. (The book, BTW, was structural gold). 
{Note: John Green's other- unrelated- novel, Paper Towns is set to release as a film soon, starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevigne}.

The Fallen series by Lauren Kate (which was my first ever YA book!) has already been adapted and I think it's finished pre-production. It stars Addison Timlin and Jeremy Irvine and is scheduled to be out some time this year (eeeeee!). I just hope it's good- Lauren Kate says it's good but time will tell. Hopefully this will generate as much buzz as Twilight did, seeing as it has similar elements:
• A love triangle
• A supernatural male
• A human girl
• A huge army of fans behind the books.

Almost done, I swear! (Kudos, if you've actually reached this far, by the way ♡)

Becca Fitzpatrick of the Hush, Hush saga made a very riskfree choice by passing on selling movie rights. And I applaud her. In this case, I feel like the book is enough and is flawless. Besides, if I and millions of other fans see it in our minds, what's there not to be missing out on?

Lastly, we've got The Selection series by Kiera Cass, which will possibly be adapted by Warner Bros. In contrast to The Mortal Instruments, it's gone from two cancelled CW pilots to potentially the big screen. Again, time will tell with this one. 

I would conclude this post, but I don't know how to :1
Urm...I guess adapting a book into a stellar film means more than good script and actors. 

Please, please, please don't take offense for anything I have written and tell me if you agree or disagree. This was merely something I thought about on a Sunday morning and decieded to put into words. If anything seemed to be malicious, I promise you it was done unconsciosuly and unintentionally. 

Thanks for reaching the bottom of this post! I hope you read my other posts (they're not all like this!...for better or for worse?) 
Byeee! :D

Friday, 24 April 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Heyyyyyy!!! Ah, I'm so excited to be reviewing The Elite for you!! Honestly, it's been soooo long since I've read a book at 11pm-4am and dang, it felt good! 
Let's crack on :)

Please note that it would be wise- and only logical ;)- to read my review of the previous novel in this series, The Selection. To do that, click here

BREAKING NEWS: The #SelectionMovie has been confirmed and the rights have been bought by Warner Bros. EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Goodreads summary:
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.


GENRE: Romance, Young Adult (YA), Dystopian? Sci-fi?
AUTHOR: Kiera Cass
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
SOURCE: eBook, Kindle 

PAGE NUMBER: 336
RELEASE DATE: April 23rd 2013

Where to start?? Honestly, I don't know...
Alright, I've composed myself (had a minor feels-attack. We good to go XD)
**It took me a while to kickstart this review because the events from the next one are interfering with those from this book. (I wanted to start The One next week but couldn't help myself).
What I love(d) about this novel is that it kicks in straight away after the events of The Selection. We got America talking about her feelings about both Aspen and Maxon but still not deciding and/or being in denial if she wanted to be Maxon's princess. Girlllll.

Okay, I'm not gonna lie: most times America seemed really b*tchy but it was kinda understandable given the circumstances (Hey, I'd be stressed if I was having stunning ball gowns made, amazing feasts and a sexy-ass prince pining for me!)
Also, we got a little insight to #Maxiss / #Krisson (Maxon + Kriss), which I can tell you becomes very significant in the next novel. 
Another mini bad point was that the King seemed horribly intimidating, which made me wonder why Amberly fangirled over him and married him?

And those damn rebels!! I swear in each novel they invade 7+ times. C'mon guys. BUT, it caused such an amazing scene between our faves, Maxon and America -- #Maxerica
Speaking of Maxerica, dudes we all  know y'all are in love, so just SAY IT ALREADY. Lord knows you both show it. *sigh* What am I gonna do about my OPT??

Oh, dear and Marlee got, urm...caught doing something? Anyways she was stripped of her caste and whipped. But alas, there was a loophole.
Maxon was sooooo sweet when he set up the Halloween ball JUST FOR AMERICA. Jeez, just get married man.

America was adorably sweet in that she tried to be political and it went horribly. That made her even more bad ass!

Also, kudos to Ms Kierra Cass for individualizing Mer's maids because now I finally know each one!!
Test me:
  1. Anne- The Head Maid who's stern but loving
  2. Mary- The nice one who's sooo polite
  3. Lucy- The  shy one. She's so sweet and vulnerable!
Do I get an A+??

Just like The Selection, The Elite is written in America's (past) point of view and is written beautifully. Honestly, Cass has an amazing way with words. 

To get an insight on the characters, click here and scroll down. I think the only differences between what I wrote then and think now are:
- The King: Is evil. Like, seriously. He hates America, and because I'm in America's head, he hates me (sorry, I tend to go into deep)
- Officer Woodwork: Hhaha read it to find out ;)
-Woman's Room: Isn't technically a person, but it's so significant it deserves to be written here.

But OMG that ending was brutal. Flabbergastingly brutal. I got shot in the heart! How could ___ do that?

Okay, let's move onto my fave part:MY FAVORITE QUOTES But it should actually be called 'Only a fraction of the amount of times I highlighted quotes in this book'. 
  • “It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion; it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out.”
  • “Love is beautiful fear”
  • “I pranced around the room like a blind moose, but what I lacked in grace I made up for in effort.”  
  • “Sometimes I feel like we're a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.” 
  • “I sighed. "Actually, Mom, we argue pretty regularly."
    "What?" She gaped at me. "Well, stop it!"
    "Oh, and I kneed him in the groin once."
    There was a split second of silence before May barked a laugh. She covered her mouth and tried to stop it, but it kept coming out in awkward, squeaky sounds. Dad's lips were pressed together, but I could tell he was on the verge of losing it himself.
    Mom was paler then snow.
    "America, tell me you're joking. Tell me you didn't assault the prince."
    I don't know why, but the word assault pushed us all on the edge; and May, Dad, and I bent over laughing as Mom stared at us.
    "Sorry, Mom," I managed.
    "Oh, good lord." She suddenly seemed very excited in meeting Marlee's parents, and I didn't stop her from going.” 
  • “I should have proposed that night in your room." "I should have let you.” 
  • “It’s because I’m so good-looking, isn’t it?” 
  • “I'd spare your tears for the rest of your life if I could.” 
  • “You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.”
    I ran my free hand down his chest, straightening his coat.
    “Don’t tug your ear with anyone else. That’s
    mine.” I gave him a tight smile.
    “A lot of things are yours, America.” 
  • “Time. I was asking for a lot of it these days. I hoped that if I had enough, everything would somehow fall into place.” 
  • “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being in the Selection, it’s that some girls have a frightening killer instinct. Don’t let the ball gowns fool you,”
  • “Maxon sighed. “Honestly? I was trying to give the other girls a sporting chance. From the beginning, I’ve really only looked at you, wanted you.”
I apologise if this was a bit of a foggy review- I'm getting mixed up between the Elite and The One (which I'm currently reading; REVIEW UP SOON)
I hope you enjoyed my review nonetheless. 

Overall, it was an amazing read and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. I swooned over both Maxon and Aspen wayyy more than I bargained for.
With that said...

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

4.7 stars!! 


QUESTIONS
 ツ Are you Team Maxon or Team Aspen? I still can't decide!!
 ツ I'VE ALSO FINISHED READING 'THE PRINCE'! (Maxon's novella). If you want me to review, let me know in the comments. Fo' real. Don't leave me hanging. Not after you made your way all the way down to here. 
 ツ Who else fears the King so much?
 ツ Who's your fave maid?
 ツ List your dream cast in the comment section below

*SONG FOR THIS NOVEL* Starlight by Taylor Swift
Warning: The feels will come rushing in waves

Rightyo, that's me done for today. Love you all, stay bookish :)
If you're wondering what I'm going to be doing now, here's the answer: Imma be reading The One until I finish it!

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Monday, 20 April 2015

COVER REVEAL: The Book of Eve by Adam James

Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by. Today I'm excited to reveal a cover to you. It's a reallllyyyy pretty cover.
Let's get started!

Blurb:
The Power...
Genny Blythe knew they'd be coming for her. Hunters. A relentless group, determined to eradicate every living Green Witch from the face of the earth, it was only a matter of time before they would find her. And burn her.
Just like they did to her mother.

The Legacy...
Violence. It's Cyrus Hirsch's birthright. Too bad he wants nothing to do with it. While his brother, Darius, is obsessed with the Hunter legacy, Cyrus is too busy trying to outrun his family history, watch out for his brother's jealousy, and fight his own growing need to fulfill his dark destiny.
Genny and Cyrus are on a collision course with fate. And when duty meets destiny, the fire that ignites will threaten to burn them all.



Title: The Book of Eve
Author: Adam James          
Genre: YA Paranormal
Expected Release Date: May 12, 2015
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours


How amazing does that look? *heart eyes* Here it is from front to back- just for you ;)


Author Bio: 
Adam James wrote his first novel at 14 about DC & Marvel heroes. Today he enjoys writing his own characters Byemagical new places. He live in Nashville TN. THE BOOK OF EVE is his debut release.

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BOOK TOUR: Pleasant Day by Vera Jane Cook || INTERVIEW

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog and this post. Keep reading to get some info, links AND an interview!

Goodreads summary + cover
WITH MURDER IN COMMON FRIENDSHIP IS INEVITABLE.

In the town of Hollow Creek, South Carolina, two separate murders, fifteen years apart, unite fifteen-year-old Pleasant Day and sixty-year-old Clarissa Blackwell. As Pleasant Day struggles with her mother's distance, her father's infidelity and the death of her best friend, she 

draws closer to Clarissa, an older woman with the secrets to heal her. But Clarissa has struggles of her own as she faces betrayal and seeks to come to terms with old wounds. With her unpredictable psychic ability to 'read people' Clarissa uncovers the answers to a deadly crime and to Pleasant's true identity. In the end, both Pleasant and Clarissa's worlds are transformed by the truths they're forced to accept, and both find solace and strength in the histories that have shaped them.

"Absolutely unputdownable, a real page turner. Be prepared to clear your schedule for the day. You're going to read this one straight through! This is Vera Jane Cook's best one yet!" — Wall to Wall Books.

"A beautiful blend of past and present with loveable, memorable characters and a page turning pace, I was sorry I couldn't read it in one sitting." — Jenn Doyle, Books & Life.

"A beautiful piece of southern fiction...a great page turner...this book is filled with delightful characters, charm, warmth, love and last but certainly not least, wonderful humor." — Arlene Uslander, Editor and writer.
 

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Interview with Ms Vera Jane Cook
But first let's get some background on her:


Vera Jane Cook, writer of Award Winning Women's Fiction, is the author of Dancing Backward in Paradise, The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, Where the Wildflowers Grow and Lies a River Deep. In the paranormal genre, Vera Jane is the author of Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem.
Jane, as she is known to family and friends, was born in New York City and grew up amid the eccentricity of her southern and glamorous mother on the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan. An only child, Jane turned to reading novels at an early age and was deeply influenced by an eclectic group of authors. Some of her favorite authors today are Nelson DeMille, Wally Lamb, Anne Rice, Sue Monk Kidd, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Alice Walker and Anne Rivers Siddons. Her favorite novels are too long to list but include The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Cheri and The Last of Cheri, The Picture of Dorian Grey, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner, Dogs of Babel, The Bluest Eye, The Color Purple, Body Surfing, Lolita, The Brothers Karamazov, She's Come Undone, Tale of Two Cities, etc., etc., etc.,
Jane worked in the professional theatre for over a decade, falling further in love with the plays of Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neil, Lillian Hellmann, and Sam Shepherd. She has appeared in television, regional theatre, film and off Broadway. Some of her credits have included both classic and original plays at Playwrights Horizons, WPA Theatre, Kennedy Center, Theatre for The New City, Bucks County Playhouse and many others.
After ten years in the theatre, Jane developed a passion for art history, film theory and philosophy. To nurture her many interests, she enrolled at Hunter College through the CUNY BA/BS program from the City University of New York.
Jane received her degree in Communications and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982. She went on to earn a Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University and took an honorary withdrawal from Actors Equity, SAG and AFTRA. For the next decade, Jane became a teacher and seminar/workshop leader. At the New Lincoln School, she taught creative writing, drama and English to middle and high school students. She also taught the craft of acting to adult professionals at various colleges and adult centers.
A bizarre mid-life crisis forced Jane into corporate life at the age of forty-five. She worked as an education territory manager for The New York Times and presented many workshops on using the newspaper in education as a tool for teaching English as a Second Language. She has worked as a Project Manager for the Education department of the New York Daily News, as well as an Education Specialist for Oxford University Press (ESL division) and as an Education Consultant for Scholastic. Jane is presently an account manager for Rally Education in Manhattan.
Vera Jane Cook Jane has completed ten novels. Her next novel, Marybeth, Hollister and Jane, will be published by Musa in 2013. Dancing Backward In Paradise won an Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and an Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction, 2007. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater and Dancing Backward in Paradise received 5 Star ForeWord Clarion Reviews and The Story of Sassy Sweetwater has been named a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. Jane has published in ESL Magazine, Christopher Street Magazine and has written several newsletters and online blogs. Jane has also written early childhood curriculum. Her published curriculum has been for Weekly Reader and McGraw Hill.
 The author is married and lives on the Upper West side of Manhattan with her spouse, her Basenji/Chihuahua mix, Roxie, her chihuahua puppy, Peanut, and her two pussy cats, Sassy and Sweetie Pie. Added to the mix is Carly, an adopted five year old chocolate brown Dachshund
Vera Jane Cook’s Website: http://www.verajanecook.com/ 
Vera Jane Cook on Twitter: https://twitter.com/verajanecook 
Vera Jane Cook on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vera.j.cook
Onto the interview!! Eeeee!
1). What was the process like of writing this novel and how long did it take? 
Pleasant Day did not take as long to write as some of my other novels and that is most likely because part of the book is written in first person. When I write in first person the whole story just comes to me like I’m channeling a voice from some distant domain.
2). Can you relate to any of the characters/events? Did you take some events from your own life? 
Like Pleasant, I love literature and I love the great outdoors but I guess the similarity ends there. I was never as outspoken, until I became older, like Clarissa, who is a bit like me. She loves to walk, loves nature and regrets the loss of some people in her life, like me.
3). Tell me two unusual/secret facts about yourself – 
I love to gossip and I shop at Marshall’s.
4). What's your favourite part about writing? 
Re-writing and editing and finishing.


I hope you enjoyed our brief interview and as always, thanks Vera Jane Cook!! :)

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