Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner Book Tour Stop + GIVEAWAY


Hey guys!
Today for my stop on the Blue Moon Narthex blog tour, I'm sharing some of author N.J. Donner's thoughts as well as an awesome giveaway!

ABOUT BLUE MOON NARTHEX:
The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old...

Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.

A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.

With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.

Includes chapter 1 of book 2 in the Karmanic Sovereign Legion series!

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ABOUT N.J. DONNER:

N.J. Donner is the author of the new Karmanic Sovereign Legion books. N.J. loves to explore. The world fascinates him and he wants to figure out why and how things work, including Karma.

College adventures took N.J. far from his small Nebraska hometown to the southern hemisphere and the inner city. This was the beginning of his wanderlust and today he loves to travel with his wife, Amanda, and their three children.

N.J. became the first person to graduate with a minor in international affairs from Nebraska Wesleyan University and spent the years right out of college building a successful steel company.

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N.J. Donner's thoughts on...

~Books that influenced him~
The book I still remember from when I was young is Hatchet by Gary Paulson. It painted a picture in my head and I still have that vision to this day. The book made me want to write. I started, but never got very far. Who would have thought that twenty years later I would start again and actually finish? Even though my world is drastically different than the Canadian wilderness Paulson described, I still wanted to create a place that people could imprint on their minds.

~Author journey~
I wish I would have reached out for help sooner into the process. I have had the great fortune of meeting and working with my writing coach, Cindy Conger. If you are serious about finishing a novel, help is a must. You need someone to keep you on track, push you when you are down, and give you the criticism you need when you need it. Nobody writes a good book alone. The Blue Moon Narthex may have been released much sooner if I had looked for the assistance I needed earlier.

~The a-ha moment~
I never had a clear view of how The Blue Moon Narthex was going to come together. I had a rough idea. Writing is a time for my mind to wander, so the entire story was a surprise even to me as I was writing. About half way through my rough draft, my wife read it and said, “You need to finish this.” That is when I knew The Blue Moon Narthex was going to get finished.

~Advice he would give to his younger self~
Don’t be so self-conscious and worried of what others think. I’ve always been a space cadet, or perpetual dreamer. I had— and still have— crazy ideas bouncing around inside my head. I would tell my younger self to use those and don’t hold back.

~NH Setting~
I can’t say specifically, (spoiler), but it has to do with where in my mind Coreseum is located. (FYI, it’s not in New Hampshire.) Pictures of Durham station and how close the McCarthy family lived, were major factors as well.


Giveaway: Blue Moon Narthex Swag Box (US Only)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins - Book Blitz and GIVEAWAY

Hey guys! I've been very MIA this month cause real life has been kicking my arse but I do have some bookish fun to share with you today!

I personally am in love with books in verse. I'm not very big on poetry so it's a bit confusing to my brain why I love verse so very much but I do - I do I do I do!!
If you're a fan of stories told this way and if you read YA it would be hard to not know about Ellen Hopkins and her fabulous books! I'm a huge fan so it's a treat today to be able to share with you info about her latest plus an awesome giveaway!

So, let's see what this one's all about - shall we?

ABOUT THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN:
How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins.

For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire.

Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.

Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.

What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years?

In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves—for both the last and the very first time.


ABOUT ELLEN HOPKINS:
Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkins.com.

Like most of you here, books are my life. Reading is a passion, but writing is the biggest part of me. Balance is my greatest challenge, as I love my family, friends, animals and home, but also love traveling to meet my readers. Hope I meet many of you soon!

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Giveaway:
3 Finished Copies of THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN (US Only)

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Book Birthday! NEW RELEASES January 31, 2017

Book Birthday Tuesdays highlight new young adult (and some adult and middle grade) books hitting shelves each week.

A big Happy Birthday to these lovelies today!


Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly | GOODREADS

Caraval by Stephanie Garber | GOODREADS

Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate | GOODREADS

Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry | GOODREADS

The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman | GOODREADS


The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles | GOODREADS

Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts #2) by Colleen Oakes | GOODREADS

Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen | GOODREADS

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech | GOODREADS


And my Pick of the Day is…

Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

I am so so so looking forward to this one! The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series ever and I'm also a huge fan of graphic novels.
I am a little worried the story won't be very...robust? For me, sometimes, with graphic novels - especially ones that already have a 'real' book background - the details are sometimes glossed over.
We'll see though as this one should be arriving today!

Any birthday book buying planned into your day?

What new releases are you most excited for?



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Happy Book Birthday! NEW RELEASES January 24, 2017

Book Birthday Tuesdays highlight new young adult (and some adult and middle grade) books hitting shelves each week.

A big Happy Birthday to these lovelies today!


The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins | GOODREADS

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | GOODREADS

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson | GOODREADS

After the Fall by Kate Hart | GOODREADS


And my Pick of the Day is…

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson - because it's billed as a ya 'thriller' and you all know how I feel about those!
Really curious to see if it will actually thrill - cause, that part is sometimes lacking ;)
Pretty sure this one didn't hit my radar sooner because that cover just isn't doing anything for me. The figure doesn't stand out enough - I didn't even see it at first.
I know - I know! I shouldn't judge but still...first impressions and all.
In any case - I would love to give this one a shot!


Any birthday book buying planned into your day?

What new releases are you most excited for?


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy Book Birthday! NEW RELEASES January 17, 2017

Book Birthday Tuesdays highlight new young adult (and some adult and middle grade) books hitting shelves each week.

A big Happy Birthday to these lovelies today!


Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth | GOODREADS

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | GOODREADS

The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt | GOODREADS

As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka and Owen Frederick Witesman | GOODREADS


And my Pick of the Day is…

Actually...I'm not sure I have one this week! I've been really looking forward to Carve The Mark and I have a copy coming that I won but after all the hype - good and bad - I'm not really feeling as excited for it now. I do plan on reading it but maybe not right away? I don't know.

Oh well! You can't love them all - right?


Any birthday book buying planned into your day?

What new releases are you most excited for?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy Book Birthday! NEW RELEASES January 10, 2017

Book Birthday Tuesdays highlight new young adult (and some adult and middle grade) books hitting shelves each week.

A big Happy Birthday to these lovelies today!


The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova | GOODREADS

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard | GOODREADS

RoseBlood by A. G. Howard | GOODREADS

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler and Damian Duffy | GOODREADS

Frostblood by Elly Blake | GOODREADS


A List of Cages by Robin Roe | GOODREADS

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando | GOODREADS

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields | GOODREADS


Beheld (Kendra Chronicles #4) by Alex Flinn | GOODREADS

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett | GOODREADS

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden | GOODREADS


And my Pick of the Day is…

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler and Damian Duffy
Octavia Butler is my favorite sci-fi author and I was so sad when she passed away.
Having something new of hers to read, even if it's an adaptation makes me incredibly happy.
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one but I'm pretty sure a finished copy will find it's way to me soon!

Any birthday book buying planned into your day?

What new releases are you most excited for?




Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy Book Birthday! NEW RELEASES January 3, 2017

Book Birthday Tuesdays highlight new young adult (and some adult and middle grade) books hitting shelves each week.

A big Happy Birthday to these lovelies today!

Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken | GOODREADS

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist | GOODREADS

The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia | GOODREADS

The X-Files Origins: Devil's Advocate by Jonathan Maberry | GOODREADS

Freeks by Amanda Hocking | GOODREADS

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser | GOODREADS

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall | GOODREADS

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti | GOODREADS

Flower by Elizabeth Craft and Shea Olsen | GOODREADS

The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen #2) by Sarah Fine | GOODREADS


Whenever I'm With You by Lydia Sharp | GOODREADS

The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron | GOODREADS

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos | GOODREADS


Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff | GOODREADS

Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez | GOODREADS

Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson | GOODREADS


And my Pick of the Day is…

X-Files Origins books 1 and 2 cause I will never not love The X-Files!
I've heard some really good things about these books so I'm pretty sure I will not be disappointed!
They actually should arrive today - my first preorders of the New Year (so excited!)


Any birthday book buying planned into your day?

What new releases are you most excited for?



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Beat The Backlist 2017 Reading Challenge


Beat The Backlist 2017 Reading Challenge is hosted by Novel Knight and is focused on getting some of those older titles off your TBR lists.

New books are very *shinny thing* *shinny thing* BUT once the newness wares off they can sometimes be pushed to the sidelines in favor of more *shinny things!*

Seriously, can't publishers STOP putting out books for like a year or so so we can all catch up?

(seriously kidding cause new books are life!)

Anyway!

The details:
  • No set levels or number of books - you set your own goals / pace (love!)
  • Books must be non 2017 releases - so basically, nothing coming out this year but ANY book that was released previously counts. 
  • Post it up on social media! We can all ra-ra-ra each other on all year!
  • Use the #BeatTheBacklist hashtag and include @BeatTheBacklist and @Novel_Knight if possible :)
If you think this is the challenge for you, head on over to Novel Knight to sign up!

Here are my picks - I'll update every month (link in the sidebar as well)

Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
Black Out by Robison Wells
In the After by Demitria Lunetta
Beta by Rachel Cohn
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Legend by Marie Lu
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick
The Compund by S.A. Bodeen
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
Sabriel by Garth Nix

Happy 2017!

I almost can't believe 2016 is over!

So. Many. Things. Happened.

It's actually a little hard to process and I still don't know how to feel about some things.

Fortunately, there are some things I do know.

I know what I want and what I love.
I know what I need and what I hope for.

It's the little things - always has to be the little things.

So far 2017 is feeling good and I'm going with it.

Some new things planned - blog, reading, Instagram wise and I'm looking forward to putting in the work to get things where I wan them.

I'm forever grateful for my little chunk of the interwebs!

Wishing you all the very best in the year to come. It may be hard and it may be horrible but love and kindness can always be found if you have hope.

Happy Reading Everyone!!