Friday, October 30, 2015

2015 Get Wicked with Entangled Blog Hop!

Happy Halloween!!!

And to celebrate, I'm participating in Entangled Blog Hop and giving away a physical copy of the books shown below. The winner can choose one book and it's open internationally as long as BookDepository ships to you!

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Blog Tour: Until I Met You by S.L. Scott

Until I Met You
by S.L. Scott
Release Date: October 23rd 2015
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Their love burned bright, white hot, and strikingly blue around the edges. 

Some thought them careless. 

Some thought them crazy. 

No one approved.

Taylor Barrett was looking for answers in a universe that had abandoned him.

Jude Boehler flooded her dark world with charisma and mystery, drawing everyone into her hurricane.

It was a most captivating of love affairs. They were shooting stars, meteors in the sky, colliding to create a spectacularly wonderful reckless romance, leaving them breathless and tethered. 

Their souls were exposed to the chaos, bare and vulnerable. Can these two star-crossed lovers survive the madness that is life?

“Do you want ice cream?”
She hit him with one surprise after another, and he replied, “It’s freezing out here. How about a coffee?”
“I don’t like coffee.”
“Wow, a New Yorker who doesn’t like coffee.” Taking her by the arm, he stopped her. “Are you going to tell me anything about yourself?”
“I just told you I don’t like coffee. That’s something.”
He sighed. “I’m serious, Jude.”
His emotional sigh was wearing on her and she gave him the most honest answer she could. “Not if I can get away with it.”
He looked into her blue eyes. Under a bright fluorescent light of a convenience store, he could see they were tinged in green with champagne centers. They were the most unique eyes he had ever seen. She was the most unique woman he had ever met. Now he felt bad for making her unhappy, so he broke his gaze away. “Fine. I’ll limit my questions.” And just to see her smile again, he said, “Ice cream it is.”
She jumped for joy. “I know a great place a few blocks from here.”
“Should we catch a cab?”
“No, I love the snow. It’s magical.”
Looking down the street and then back to her, he started wondering when he’d stopped seeing magic in the world. He could probably guess, but he didn’t want to think about that time.

A half hour later, his hands were frozen but he still found himself eating pistachio ice cream with Jude for dinner. He bought the treats and joined her at a booth where she was contentedly licking her rocky road. As soon as he sat down, she asked, “I think you can tell everything you need to know about a person by their favorite ice cream flavor.”

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. 

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. 

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

She welcomes your notes at

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

FFBC: Welcome to the club, Gabriel (The Styclar Saga #2) by Nikki Kelly

Gabriel (The Styclar Saga #2)
by Nikki Kelly
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015
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The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

Hello Nikki! Welcome Back! We are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours again!

Thank you so much for having me second time around!! I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year already! 

Could you tell us about where Gabriel picks up without giving away any spoilers?

After the Prologue and the Introduction, Chapter One picks up in the exact same place and time that LAILAH left off. Still told from Lailah’s point of view, Book2 is a continuation of her journey, and all the cast are back ready to go on it with her! 

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?

Gosh! So hard to answer this question without giving away spoilers! Let’s just say that whenever a certain Vamp is nearby, I always have fun bringing him to life on the page! 

When writing a sequel in a series, do you have to go back and re-read the 1st book?

By the time your novel is in print, I can promise you, you’ll have read every page a bazillion times, so the need to go back and re read isn’t really necessary. That said, it doesn’t hurt to have a quick skim as a refresher! 

Is there anything about writing that still surprises you after publishing your second book?

I guess the thing that still surprises me most is the characters… One minute, I’ll feel pretty sure where a scene is going to go, and then puff! a character will appear, start talking, and change everything! -- As an FYI Jonah tends to be that character!

Is there a specific routine you follow when you sit down to write?

Yes, and a simple one…

Boil kettle…

Brew a pot of tea…

Listen to atmospheric music while gathering the cookies…

Check stock levels of secret sweetie stash…

Annddddddddd Write!

Do you have a favorite fan moment?

Yes, when a fan from New York, who began reading LAILAH when the story was very first serialized, flew out to the Fierce Reads Tour in Seattle to meet me! We had been exchanging messages for a couple of years, so it was a real pleasure to finally give her a hug in person! 

What would you say is harder to write, the first line of a book or the last? 

Always the last, and that’s never been more true than for the final book!

What authors are auto-buys for you, other than Leigh Bardugo since I know how much of a fan of hers you are! 

Hee hee! You know me so well sweetie! I do LOVE Leigh Bardugo! Authors like Martina Boone, Genn Albin, Marissa Meyer, Lori Goldstein, Becca Fitzpatrick, Charlaine Harris, Ann Aguirre, Mary Pearson, all auto-buys of mine!

Favorite book of 2015?

Ruin and Rising 

Leigh Bardugo

What shows are you currently watching? Any shows other than Doctor Who ;) 

I’m always watching the American Office! Though now Netflix UK have removed it from their catalogue (you may have seen my twitter rant!) I may have to diversify!

Game Of Thrones, of course! And I recently discovered that Channel4 is showing FRASIER re runs first thing in the morning, when bubba has breakfast, so I’ve been watching that!

When writing the final book in the Styclar series, you did a bit of traveling. Can you share your experiences and how they were significant to the story? 

I went back to Neylis in the South of France, where I went to conduct research and write some of the first book. It was great to visit again, but this time I was there purely to write in the peace and quiet! I had mixed feelings as this time around, I was writing the last book, and bringing some of the characters stories to a final conclusion, rather than meeting them for the first time! **sobs! 

Anything we can know about book 3?


Thank you for participating in our FFBC Tours again Nikki, and well just for being you :D

Follow the Gabriel by Nikki Kelly Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

I was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. So it will probably come as no surprise that when I'm not dreaming in Vampires & Angels, I dream in chocolate! For the past ten years I have lived in West London with my hubby and two dogs, Alfie - the Pug & Goose - the Chihuahua.
LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.
Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.
These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: His Work Of Art (Hot & Nerdy #4) by Shannyn Schroeder

His Work Of Art (Hot & Nerdy #4)
by Shannyn Schroeder
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: October 27th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She’d prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero’s Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame.

Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. He’s thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own…

“Wow! You’re actually good.”
            Adam glanced over his shoulder at hearing Reese—words of surprise no guy ever wanted to hear—to see that she stood over his drawing table. Invading his space behind the counter. He thanked the customer in front of him and handed him his bag of comic books. He watched the customer leave before walking up behind Reese.
            “Could you—” He gestured to the other side of the counter, the storefront for customers.
            She shrugged. “Oh, sorry.” She moved to the other side, but continued talking. “It’s just that I see you drawing all the time. I wanted to check it out.”
            Adam moved his panels and sheets of paper back to the order in which he had them. Even if he were to invite her to look at his work, he wouldn’t let her shuffle them like a deck of cards. Although she was now standing six feet away, he could still smell her lingering scent. Something soft, but he couldn’t quite place it. He found it distracting.
            While he continued to straighten his table, he asked, “Is there something you needed help finding?”
            It was a ridiculous question because she was able to find things in the small store as easily as he could. She’d been coming in at least once a week for months, ever since one of their competitors had shut down. Reese had strolled in looking for the latest Batgirl comic and his life hadn’t been the same since.
            “So what are you drawing?”
            “Nothing special. Just working up some ideas.”
            “Those aren’t random doodles. I know a superhero when I see one. Who is he?”
            Adam set his papers back on the desk. He rubbed the back of his neck, irritation grinding into his muscles. “He doesn’t have a name. Not yet anyway.”
            “He’s pretty awesome. You need to name him.”
            “Yeah, I’ll get right on that.” As if he hadn’t already spent his entire afternoon doing just that. He crossed his arms. “So what are you here for today? You picked up all of your regular issues earlier this week.”
            “I came to see you.” She leaned forward on the counter in front of the register. “I have a proposition for you.”
            At least these were better words to hear than her first statement. He joined her and braced his palms on the glass and waited.
            “I have to do a senior project. My plan is to publish an anthology of comics.”
            They’d talked about comics plenty over the months. They both had strong opinions, and he enjoyed arguing with her. He also knew that she was a writer, not that he’d ever read any of her stuff.
            “And?” he prompted.
            “I need an artist. I have most of the stories done.” She tilted her head side to side, her straight dark hair swaying with the movement. Squinting her eyes, she said, “Well, they need polishing and maybe some revising, but I figure they’ll get fine-tuned as we get to the storyboard phase.”
            “We?” No way was she asking what he thought.
            “If you agree to be my partner, yeah, we. I’m under a bit of a time crunch because I have to have things in place to start my crowd-funding campaign. So it’ll be a lot of work, but you’ll get paid. At least you will if the campaign gets funded. Plus, I figure we have holiday break coming up so we won’t have to worry about classes.”
            “You want me to illustrate your comics?” The thought was a massive blur in his brain. Working together on a comic was intense. He doubted they could get along long enough to complete anything. They managed to argue about just about everything related to comics.
            “Yeah. I had the idea a couple of weeks ago when I saw you working at your table. You were so passionate and into it, that it swallowed you. I get like that when I’m in the zone writing. I need that kind of partner.” Her stormy blue eyes focused intently on him from beneath her shaggy bangs.
            “Do I really need to point out that we don’t get along?”
            In truth, Reese was one of his all-time favorite customers. She was smart and argued with passion. It was almost enough for him to forgive her for choosing DC over Marvel.
            “Who said we have to get along? I’m an excellent writer. From what I can see there, you’re an excellent artist. Together, we can put together a fabulous book. “ She leaned closer, almost to his side of the counter. “Afraid you can’t handle me?”
            He chuckled. “Sorry to disappoint, but you don’t scare me. However, I don’t like to waste my time.”
            She eased back. “How about this? You can read the story for the first book. Then make your decision. But it’ll have to be fast because I have to have everything in place before my campaign goes live. The book doesn’t need to be complete, but I have to have enough to entice people to back me.”
            The idea intrigued him, but Reese would never have been his first choice for a partner. Getting paid to draw was exactly what he was looking for. And if her campaign got fully funded, he would have a publication credit to his name. Having experience like that would help as he started his job hunt after graduation. “Bring it by. I’ll take a look.”
            Her face lit up almost as brightly as when she’d tried to convince him that Batman was better than Iron Man. “Excellent.” She reached into her messenger bag and pulled out a purple folder. “Here you go.”
            He eyed the folder. “You were that sure that I’d say yes?”

            She winked at him. “I was cautiously optimistic.”

Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”