Monday, September 1, 2014

Review of Waterproof by Amber Garr & Giveaway






Completely Obsessed.

*As spoiler-free as possible*

My heart was racing from the very first page. Read the first line and POW—you are smack in the middle of a struggle for survival. Waterproof introduces you to a world without water. I honestly never imagined how utterly horrifying such a world could be, but this book will make you think long after you’ve finished reading.

Characters: The characters are WONDERFUL! The reader will spend time inside the minds of both Vee and Zach—and you will dearly love them both. Vee is nothing short of awesome—she’s the type of BFF you want in your corner. What I loved most about Vee is that she can be both supremely tough and vulnerable to her heart at the same time—it’s beautiful that she hasn’t allowed the world to harden her heart and ability to love. Some of this might have to do with Zach…and, oh, do I love him! He’s the perfect package of a BFF and boyfriend. The way Zach cares for Vee…swoon! He’s willing to put everything on the line to save her. Riley is another character I’m totally digging, though I do have some reservations based on his connections and his growing feelings for a certain character whose heart already belongs to one of my favorite characters. I could seriously go on and on and on about how much I love the characters in this waterless world!

World & Story: Brilliant, terrifying, eye-opening. Amber has imagined such a realistic world that I’m literally ‘there’ when reading. Her story/world has made me really stop and think about water usage and our future.

Overall: This is dystopian storytelling at its absolute best. Amber has created a realistically terrifying world that will keep you on the edge of your seat with characters that you worry about, root for, and cry over. Honestly, I’m in complete love with every single element of Vee and Zach’s story as they fight to stay together, alive, and free. I highly, highly recommend Waterproof to all readers.

Rating (yeah, I’m holiday-obsessed, so I rate by snowmen. I’m also a giant dork):  
5 Magical Snowmen 






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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Author Appreciation Month & Giveaway!





Welcome to Author Appreciation Month! One thing I love most is celebrating and supporting fellow authors in any way I possibly can. So, I'm going to try and make this a regular recurring event throughout the year. During any Author Appreciation Month, you will meet a handful of wonderful authors, be introduced to their books, read my review(s) of their novel(s), greet the characters, and, of course, have the chance to win goodies in giveaways! 

For September, I am elated to spotlight Amber Garr, Susan Fodor, Sarah Dalton, and Katie Hayoz. They are not only tremendous authors, but they are truly wonderful people that I feel incredibly blessed to know and work with. 

So, to start Author Appreciation Month, how 'bout we take a look at the prizes?!






One Winner Will Receive the Following Prizes: 

*Signed Paperback of Silver Tides by Susan Fodor
*E-copy of Waterfall by Amber Garr
*E-copy of Waterproof by Amber Garr
*E-copy of Untethered by Katie Hayoz
*E-copy of Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton
*Signed Paperback of Finned by Sutton Shields
*The Merworld Water Wars bracelet 


Terms & Conditions of the Giveaway (also stated on the Rafflecopter Giveaway Terms & Conditions section):


*U.S. & International residents 18 years of age and older

*Not suitable for children. Please keep out of the reach of children.

*Shipping from me within the United States will be Priority Mail, Insured, with Delivery Confirmation and tracking will be provided to the winner via e-mail; International Shipping will either be via First Class International or Priority Mail International.

*Authors are not responsible/liable for prizes lost in the mail

*Mailing times may vary.

*Delivery times may vary.

*Open to Residents of the US and Internationally. Winner will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. I will contact participating authors regarding your prize(s). The authors, in most cases, are shipping or e-mailing their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue, please notify the author within 30 days for assistance.

*The products offered for the giveaway are free of charge, no purchase necessary. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.
 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Roundup: Shells, Writing, & Unleashing My Crazy








Um, under a rock…or the bed…or in a cave. Okay, not really, but I might as well have been. This summer has been kind of a rough one; I think, in part, this summer’s ups and downs have made me a little extra shell-bound lately. Lots of worry, tears, and fears. My mom means the world to me, so seeing her not doing so great sends me even deeper into that darn shell.


Of course, it’s no secret that my social media skills need a lot of work. For whatever dumb reason, I’m seriously social media-shy. It’s stupid, I know. But every single time I started to write a blog/FB post, I'd just clam up and think, ‘Okay, this is going to sound stupid and pointless. Literally no one will be interested in my babble.’ I realize how foolish that sounds, believe me, I do…I really do. Reckon I just didn’t want to further highlight my inner idiot, not that it needs any help—it does a fantastic job of rocking the stupid all on its own.



Anywhoo, I’m trying to crawl outside the shell I tend to retreat into, which means…expect babble. Apologies in advance. :/




Anthologies.



I’ve had the great privilege to work with several groups of tremendous authors, and all I can say is…get ready for boatloads of AWESOME! And for anyone who has read my Merworld Water Wars series...you’re in for some extra crazy fun in a couple of these anthologies. 


I’ll have special posts detailing these phenomenal books in the very near future. For now, here’s a brief introduction to three upcoming anthologies:



Celestial. In Celestial, readers will see how the presence of a comet influences life, love, relationships, and beyond. For my contribution, Comet Cotillion, I thought it might be cool to give you a glimpse into Marina’s life before arriving in Saxet Shores. You’ll visit Madame Helena’s institution while Marina, Trey, Polly, and Meikle were patients there. Expect wackiness, some rather unfortunate ball gowns, Polly’s bizarre suitors, a glimpse into the strength of Meikle and her bag…and hopefully lots of fun.



Somewhere South of Normal. Here, readers will vacation on an unknown island…where leaving may not be an option. When you visit False Key, you can expect sun, sand, surf…sex…danger…mystery…and pretty much anything and everything you can and can’t imagine. ;) As for my stories (Oversplash & Overbite-Me), well, let’s just say there’s a freaking hot, naughty, Aussie sorta-angel awaiting you. And, yes, he’s working his sexy…oh, Dear God, is he working it. ;)



Candy Cane Kisses. OH HOLY RUDOLPH! I’m going to be part of a Christmas romance anthology! I'm trying to decide whether to write a sexy or sweet story. Hmm. Naughty or Nice. Just can't decide, but I'm totally ready to put on my elf hat!



Author Appreciation Month.



Oh, oh, oh, I’m SO excited to hold my first ever Author Appreciation Month. I will feature four spectacular authors who I feel so blessed to know. Each week will spotlight a different author—we’re talking reviews, character interviews, author interviews, and…a big ‘ole GIVEAWAY! Stay tuned for the next post detailing everything! 




Character voices, that is! And, oh, man, have the characters been talking! I'll have tons more details to come, but basically, there's a little of everything: NA/Adult Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, and, of course...





Book four/Wave four of The Merworld Water Wars! It's  underway! However, there’s an issue—books four and five really should be one book. But, Dear God, it would be absolutely massive! So, I’ve decided to write books four and five back-to-back. The idea is to publish book four when I’m about halfway done with book 5. It may be a longer wait between Rifted and book four, but the wait between four and five will be much shorter.  I just don’t think it would be fair to make anyone who's reading this series wait ages for the final book. I dunno. I just want to do what's right for readers and my characters. Maybe I'm over-thinking. Wouldn't be the first time. lol :/



And finally… If you’ve read my books or any of my blog posts, you know I’m a little wacky. Wacky, crazy, goofy, dorky, or gorky, as Mom says—call it what you want, but whatever it is, it tends to be my comfort zone.



Starting Saturday, I will elevate the weird to a whole other level as LSU takes the field for their first game of the season. I’m a sports fanatic. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m a total girly-girl, but trust me when I say I can scream the stripes off a referee better than half the guys I know. If you’d like to come see the circus, drop by my Twitter page during an LSU game. I’ve been told it’s an unfiltered sideshow. Yeah. Like I said, just point and laugh. I won’t mind.





Thursday, June 19, 2014

Box set: Oceans Deep! 12 Full-length YA Novels!


★✩★ Sunday, June 8, was #WorldOceansDay! ★✩★

To celebrate, ten bestselling young adult authors have created a collection of romantic "sea reads" called #OceansDeep. This boxed set has 12 full-length young adult novels (2,500 pages!) that celebrate the sun and sea! They're full of mermaids and surfers, lifeguards and dolphins, sand and waves. These books span a variety of genres including science fiction, fantasy, contemporary and mythology, but they all have one thing in common: they leave readers more in love with the ocean than they were before. 

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Lani Wendt Young - Telesa
Elle Strauss - Seaweed
Kristen Day - Forsaken
Karen Amanda Hooper - Tangled Tides
Amber Garr - Promises & Betrayal
Cheri Lasota - Artemis Rising
Heather Allen - Just Breathe
Nikki Godwin - Chasing Forever Down
Leigh Talbert Moore - Dragonfly & Undertow
Amy Evans - Clicks

Cover by Starla Huchton
Formatting by Emily Mah Tippett

It's an entire summer's worth of beach reads for $3.99 and all profits will go to TheOceanProject to further the mission of environmental education and ocean conservation. The theme of this years event is together we have the power to protect the ocean. The Oceans Deep collection does that one word, one page, one story at a time. Because while facts may change people's minds, fiction can change their hearts.  

Buy Links: Amazon / bn.com / iBooks / Kobo

Enter the rafflecopter to win more books and other prizes too, and please help spread the word about Oceans Deep.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Meet Sarah Dalton's MARY HADES!!!





Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager.

                                                           

Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…



Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.



Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?



The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single My Daylight Monsters. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure. 

 Note from me: This sounds like it's going to be a FANTASTIC series! Can't wait to get my hands on this one!  

Pick up a copy of Mary Hades (LOVE the name) today at any of these wonderful retailers:













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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cover Reveal: RIFTED, Wave 3 in The Merworld Water Wars series!



It's finally here! The cover reveal for Wave 3!!! I've been SO anxious to share it with you!!! Okay, here we go! I hope you like it as much as I do! <3 Notice Marina has her glowing gel shield power activated and ready to throw!




Someone wicked walks among them.



Heartbreak usually requires time to heal. For Marina Valentine, however, time has other plans: like sticking her with a shiny, stubborn accessory, sending her on a surprising date with someone other than Troy Tombolo, and introducing her lips to kisses that could save or destroy everything and everyone.



Marina and the rest of the Mer-Nor gang must find a way to push through the grief caused by The Dealer, for their next mission will take them on a dangerous, scandal-filled journey that may very well be the most significant to date: hunt down the evidence they need to prove once and for all that the tyrannical King Zale breached the water pact.



But with the shocking identity of The Dealer and overwhelming guilt weighing heavily on her, Marina struggles with frightening emotional urges and begins to question whether she is truly strong enough to succeed as the all-important Siren Savior.



Marina is in more danger than ever before—even inside the familiar study with her trusted friends—because unbeknownst to her, someone has been lurking about, waiting for the chance to undo everything the Mer-Nor gang has achieved…and with the Siren Savior’s doubt growing, that person’s chance has finally arrived.


Coming May 27th, 2014.



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Author Spotlight: Amber Garr's Cover Reveal for WATERFALL!


I'm SO happy to reveal the cover of author Amber Garr's new book WATERFALL (which, btw, I'm literally drooling to read). Isn't the cover GORGEOUS?! Amber is such a sweetheart--I just adore her! <3

So, let's honor World Water Day with Amber Garr! 

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Happy World Water Day! And happy cover reveal day for The Water Crisis Chronicles Book 0.5. As a part of today's celebration for raising awareness about water and energy consumption, I thought I'd celebrate with a cover and website reveal!
First, here's the cover and blurb for WATERFALL...


Waterfall (Book 0.5)

The water is gone. The wars have begun.
Clean water is a luxury most can no longer afford. Climate change, industrial sabotage, and greed have turned country against country as each one tries to provide for its citizens. Terrorist groups target desalinization plants and frustrated governments hunt those who work against them. Rationing, sequestering, and patrolling have become routine at a time when there are too many people and not enough resources.
While the world around them disintegrates into chaos, Zach and Vivienne hope that their life in a government-run complex will retain some semblance of normalcy. But when attacks on their water supplies bring war to their sheltered community, they must accept their new fate. Stay and fight or flee and endure—it’s a difficult decision with lasting consequences.
Will they choose what’s safe? Or will they choose to survive?

***Coming April 22, 2014***

And now you can learn more about Zach and Vee's world, the government, the timeline, and what you can do help bring clean drinking water to the millions who don't have it (more about that coming later).


 You can also read about how the series began with WATERPROOF sporting its new cover makeover as well!


Waterproof (Book 1)
Dying of thirst is the new reality.

Five years after the last drop of clean water disappeared, global societies collapsed and nuclear war shattered all hope of recovery. In a place now only a skeleton of its former self, survivors fight to avoid capture by the government. Forced to work in factories that produce the only drinking water available, those who go in, never come out.

Zach and Vivienne have lived as deserters since they were teenagers. Fighting amongst their own and scrounging for the necessities of life, they’ve learned to rely on each other in every way. Yet when tragedy strikes and the true objectives of the government facility are revealed, their world is ripped apart.

A fate once thought to hold their demise may be the sole answer to their survival. Who can they trust? Who can they believe?

In this life, it pays to be waterproof.

Cover by Creative Book Designs and Amber Garr

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