Thursday, February 28, 2013

Guardians Inc. Blast and Giveaway!!!



GUARDIANS INC.: THE CYPHER



A chance reading of a newspaper ad will send 16 year old Thomas Byrne into the world within our world.



Following the ad he will find Guardians Incorporated. A seven thousand year old organization charged with protecting the balance between Magic and technology.



Through their guidance, technology has kept Magic at bay since the Renaissance, but the balance is shifting and soon all those creatures we've driven into myth and legend will come back with a vengeance.



To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future and to unlock the future

they need a Cypher.






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Guardians Inc.: The Cypher is FREE on Kindle, Nook & iBooks




Praise

USA Book News 2012 Finalist -Young Adult Fiction



"Rosado-Machain brings a light, humorous touch to themes of teenage love, loss and betrayal wrapped up in a tasty package of magical coming-of-age."

~Kirkus Reviews



"It's like Julian Rosado-Machain took everything that I love about middle grade children's fiction and slammed it into one awesome, well-paced fantasy"

~Emi London Oktopusink.blogspot.com



"The Cypher hooked me from the beginning. And kept my attention right through to the very end."

- Heidi Roth reviewthebook.com









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Author Julian Rosado-Machain



Julian has enjoyed pizza in three continents, holds a degree in graphic design, built armored vehicles and computers, handcrafted alebrijes and swears has seen at least one ghost.



He is the Co-owner of Hacienda de Vega Restaurant in San Diego, California and enjoys the sun with his wife, three children and cat.





















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Ends 3/13/13



Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.






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Friday, February 22, 2013

Black Moon Promo and Review


"Am I losing my mind?"

Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? 


What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. 


A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. 
Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?



ABOUT THIS BOOK:

Release Date: October 2012

Series / Stand Alone: Book #1 in The Paige Taylor Series

Genre: YA/NA Paranormal Fantasy Novel

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


There were only three things Jessica loved to do growing up; reading, writing and playing music. She discovered her love for writing at a young age, when she realized she could create anything she wanted with words. 

Jessica lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband, four children, goldfish named Sparkle and her cat, Talula. When she isn’t working on the next Paige Tailor novel, taking her children to one activity or another, or folding the never ending laundry of a six person family, Jessica enjoys playing her clarinet in the community band or dancing like there is no tomorrow at Zumba.



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SYNOPSIS:

"Am I losing my mind?"

Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?
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Auggie's Review

Positives: Cute storyline. I would say that, despite the language, this book is more for the very young teen girls. The character dynamics are interesting, even if they are a bit shallow. The author does have a way of introducing an antagonist and making the reader unsure of whether they're really a negative entity or not. This leaves for some mild guessing and a bit of story meat. 

Basically creative, and a decently good depiction of the Faery realm as it exists parallel to the human world.
The Plot: The grand-daughter of the King and Queen of Varulean (the Fae realm) is experiencing her first glimpse of power. Fascinated and terrified she attempts to navigate through this new world she's been thrown unceremoniously into. Aside from her uncovered lineage and new found abilities, Paige is being stalked by a pack of werewolves. But why? She makes the decision to return to Varulean with her mother to learn the Faery art of... well, pretty much everything... from a "superhero/goddess" like character named Naiahla.
Mildly amusing storyline and decently original. If this were a book I'd picked up off the shelf at a bookstore I wouldn't have given it such a high rating, but this is a new author and she's just now putting her stuff out there. Honestly, the writing and storyline isn't as bad as Twilight's in my opinion and that book is raving popular, so there you go.

The Romance: There is a sort of underlined romance in this story and it's not what's expected. The romance in this story leaves the reader questioning our main character's sexuality. Paige seems to be very much in-like with her female supernatural trainer, but it's never stated exactly so there's no for sure thing. I have no problem with alternative-love-interests in books but I can't relate to it, so the Romance runs dry for me.
The Writing: The writing style did not exactly flow well and maintained a sense of early-stages creative writing. In my mind this book came off more as a poorly acted stage play. Overuse of the "Ugh" expression. Also, highly repetitive writing. Many of the same sentences, word phrases, or expressions were used over and over. This sounds a little bit like it was written for an online fanfiction community.  
Honestly, I can see the hard work that this author put into this book. I believe that it definitely needs some serious editing, though before it makes it to the public eye. 

I read an ARC copy, so there are bound to be mistakes but it's not just the typos or grammatical errors that need to be adjusted before it'll be ready for public reading. 

It's a good story and it's a creative idea. I believe that Ms. McQuay had a really great concept and she has potential to be a splendid author. The fact that she's completed a book is more than a lot of would-be authors out there have done, so I applaud her.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Get "Stitched"!

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Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.
 
Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence.  

In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless.  But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

Read a Chapter Sample of Stitch by Samantha Durante 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. Stitch is her first novel. 

Top 5 Things I Love About Being an (Indie) Author by Samantha Durante:



I recently published my first novel, Stitch, and though I’m still new at this whole “author” thing, it’s really been a dream come true!  To celebrate, here are the top five things I LOVE about being an author (so far!), in no particular order:



1. Total empowerment.

There were a lot of reasons I decided to go the indie route when publishing Stitch, but by far the main one is that I’m a bit of a control freak and I really liked the idea of having final say over every little detail of my book.  I worked with an artist to design the cover, devoted painstaking hours to formatting the e-book versions, and made the final decision about every word, every punctuation mark, and every plot twist.  While this is a little scary (after all, I know there are people out there who can do all of these things far better than me!), it also means that the success of my book lies solely on my shoulders…  And therefore, as long as I’m willing to put in the work (which I am!), I know my book will do well!



2. My book IS me.

Following with #1, since I didn’t have to get sign-off from a publisher, I could write about whatever I wanted, even a genre-bending thriller that combined paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi in one (yes, one!) book.  I pulled in ghost lore, super-geeky spacetime physics, post-apocalyptic scenarios, a biological pandemic, and of course, a kick-ass female protagonist and sexy-but-sensitive male lead.  And yes, the fact that my book does not fit squarely into one genre makes it kind of difficult to market (which is why the traditional publishing industry would be wary of it), but it is full of the things I love.  And since – as an independent author – I have the exclusive right to decide what gets published under my name, the fact that I was excited about my book and believed in it was all that mattered.



3. Quick delivery to readers.

The other big factor that drove me to go indie was the ability to get my book to market QUICKLY.  It can take months – even years – for a first time author (going the traditional route) to find an agent and a publisher and go through the editing and revision and publication process.  Even though part of me wanted the validation of having credible industry professionals sign-off on my work before it went to the public, a bigger part of me just REALLY wanted to share my book with readers NOW (and the thought of waiting that long to get my book out was like a knife to the gut!).  By publishing the book myself, I was able to get it to readers only weeks after it was done, instead of months/years (and now that readers are clamoring for part two of the trilogy, I’m really glad that I’ll be able to get it to them as soon as I can!).



4. Bloggers, bloggers, bloggers.

WOW.  I have never met a more supportive and encouraging community of people than the world of book bloggers.  Since I am doing all my marketing myself (notice a theme here? :-), I’ve been in personal contact with literally hundreds of bloggers since my book and blog tour launched a few months ago, and each and every one of them has absolutely blown me away.  There’s just been an incredible outpouring of assistance and enthusiasm from the blogging community, and I feel SO grateful to have made contact with all of these amazing people.  Thank you SO MUCH to all of the bloggers who have helped me promote Stitch!  You guys are amazing!!



5. Reader commentary!
Last but CERTAINLY not least are the readers themselves!  It has been just INCREDIBLE to share Stitch with so many people and to hear their feedback and see them getting excited about the story the same way I am.  Stitch is definitely a different sort of book, and I have to say, even though I knew I loved the story, I didn’t know if most readers would feel the same.  So when 4- and 5-star reviews started popping up all over the internet, you can only imagine how gratifying that felt!  I’ve read every review that’s been posted online and it always makes my day to hear that someone enjoyed the book.  I’m SO indebted to every reader who’s taken the time to read and talk about Stitch!  Nothing is more motivating than passionate fans who are itching for the next installment – I can’t WAIT to get started on the next one for you guys!

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EXCERPT
Nikhil and Alessa were pressed together ever closer by the crowd, their bodies moving as one in time with the music. Alessa could feel the hair sticking to the back of her neck as her skin started to glisten, but she didn’t care. She threw her arms up and tossed her head with the beat, reveling in the moment.


Nikhil gently placed his hands around Alessa’s hips, seemingly mesmerized. The crowd swelled and they were pressed together once more, his arms wrapped around her waist, her hands on his taut swimmer’s chest and shoulders. He leaned over, nudging his face so close to hers that she could feel the heat rising off his skin. Alessa parted her lips and looked up at Nikhil, preparing to surrender to her body’s impulses.


But instead of the dark brown eyes she expected, she saw only blue. Unfathomable, sparkling blue, glittering with facets of ocean and sky, boring deep into her soul and clutching at her heart. Once again, a single word rose in the back of her throat – Isaac – and she knew this night was over.




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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: Bad Girls Don't Die

Happy Wednesday, darlings!

How about a review?

Okay okay, yes it's a video review. How about this... after this video review I promise to start actually WRITING reviews for this blog. Sound good? I'll post a link to the videos so you can watch if you'd like, but other than the weekly video hauls and monthly wrap-ups I'll try to not to bog you all down with vlogs.

Deal? Ok. Deal! 

Enjoy!

VIDEO REVIEW:
"Bad Girls Don't Die" 
by
Katie Alender


Book Reviewed



Until Next Blog,

Read On!


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Gathering #24

Happy Monday, loves!

Book haul's a little late, but it was big-crazy-football day yesterday and I helped bartend with a friend of mine so it was too busy to make a video or post.

But here's the Book Gathering vlog.


Enjoy BOOK GATHERING #24 mah luvs!



Remember:


You'll find  HEAVENLY CHALLENGE posted on the Challenges and Giveaways portion of the blog.

You'll also find a list of 2013 Challenges I'm participating in this year. Listed with those challenges are progress pages, lists of books I plan to read for the challenges,  and links to the hosts' websites so you can participate as well! 









Book Gathering # 24


I'm currently participating in two great haul memes hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

Please give these two lovely blogs a look see and participate in these great meme adventures!

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Until Next Blog, 
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Double Review: "Ruined" and "Faery Tales and Nightmares"

Hello, my loves! 

I know. I haven't actually written a book review in a while. I'm not sure how I'm going to proceed with this, whether or not I'm going to combine a written and video post together or just do video reviews and add them as content along with the blog hops, challenges, and giveaways on the written site. *shimmy* I'm pretty sure I'm going to do some written reviews, or at least combinations of written and vlog. So those of you who prefer reading the review over watching it... never fear! I haven't forgotten you! 

Anyway, the following is for the "Nothing But Reading Challenges" Read-a-thon this week. 2 books in one go... because I ran out of days to post 5 video reviews as was my original goal! Oops. 

Anyway, enjoy!

DOUBLE REVIEW: 
"Ruined" 
by Paula Morris
&
"Faery Tales and Nightmares"
by Melissa Marr









Books Reviewed


I was disappointed by this book for many reasons. Mostly because there was so much that could have been done regarding the ghosts of New Orleans but the opportunity was just kind of wasted to focus on a weird love-hate relationship going on between the main character and the local school uppers.

Also, I understand that it gets really aggravating when someone used to general equality finds themselves in a culture that is very-very-very much centered around status. However, judging that culture without understanding it makes a person just as ignorant and backwards as the people they disapprove of. That being said... I was not fond of the main character's constant whining about how New York was so much better than New Orleans because of the "equality" factor and the lack of "social class". Apparently in this book's New York there was also a general absence of "rules" as well as a huge lack of respect from 15 year olds for adults in general.

Every time you turned around in this book and someone was saying "This might not be safe", our main gal was getting huffy over the fact that someone was telling her what to do. So... of course she does the opposite.

"Don't go into the cemetery by yourself. There are drug dealers and criminals there and it's dangerous for a young woman." Practical advice... reasonable and well supported. Response? "You can't tell me what to do... I'm going to go in to that cemetery the first chance I get because it's apparently so interesting that you have to tel me not to go there."

Yeah. So, just completely disregard the fact that you were just told that this is a hive for criminals and go ahead and do what you want... because your SOUTHERN aunt doesn't understand that you're a BIG CITY girl and can kick the butts of any group of gang members that come up from behind the tombstones. 'Cause you've walked all by yourself in downtown New York without getting mugged.

*irritated mumbling*

Not to mention when the girl finds out she can SEE A GHOST her initial reaction isn't "Oh crap! Oh crap! Am I crazy?" it's "Oh crap. That handsome guy Anton had to see me get locked in a cemetary. Oh, now my Aunt is telling me what to do again. Like I'll listen to her."

No talk about her reaction to the ghost until much later, which is absurd unless you 1. are used to seeing ghosts, 2. forgot that you saw a ghost, or 3. are a little dumb.

Predictable plot, underdeveloped characters and relationships.

Uninspiring in general, but not crap.

It was entertaining at least. I read through it without wanting to throw it against the wall, which is saying something really.






I wasn't impressed at all by this book. When I discovered that it was a book of short stories I was really optimistic because short-story books can be really fun with the constant changing and movement between characters and storylines.

However... this book contained stories that were neither entertaining nor well written. Many of them were not even developed enough to be considered stories. I had to ask myself more than once "What was the point of that?" after reading one of the shorts.

There were a few that were promising, but were too centered around "magical destiny" romance interests to be good.

I felt like many of the stories could have been written by an overly romantic 12 year old, writing about subjects that she knows are popular but doesn't understand... like the drug issues.

All of the stories were very much surface and I find that unappealing in a short-story. To me, though a short story is...well...short, its power is in conveying a message or emotion effectively in a small space of words. Without doing that it just becomes an incomplete thought or an odd and half thought-out daydream.

Honestly, I can't say that none of these stories wouldn't have been good as books. There were a couple that probably could have been enjoyable with a bit more love-and-care. It just seemed like the author was trying to jot one story after another out for the sake of a compilation.


Anyway. Disclaimer here... this is totally my opinion and Ms. Marr's books are popular despite my nonfavoritism. This means that there are PLENTY of people out there who love these books. You may be one of them. Take my review with a grain of salt and go find out for yourself if you like the book.

I know that there are books that I love that others have hated. It's just personal preference.

So, while I have to give this book a 1/5 because I personally didn't like it... you or others might enjoy it.

I wouldn't hand it to you and say it was good, though.

It was better than a kick in the rump, at least...or a kale and spinach smoothie.




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