Sunday, November 29, 2015

Stacking OUR Shelves ~ 11/29/15

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Make sure to checkout her post with links to all the other participates.

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For Review...

For Review Consideration...

A gift...

AND, of course, I couldn't resist it!

SO, it's already been devoured!

AND I may have used a sticky note or two!

Thanks go to...

William Morrow Books
Entangled Teen


For Review...

Instructions for the End of the World

Thanks goes to...

St. Martin's Griffin



The Other Side of Envy (The Ghost Bird, #8)The Healing Power of Sugar (The Ghost Bird, #9)

My Bookworm Box...

MarrowThe Paper SwanMaybe Not: A Novella

That's what we added to our shelves this week! What do you think? What did you add to your stacks? Leave us a comment and link us up!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Oblivion by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Tour Stop

OBLIVION is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance being published by Entangled Teen, and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New York Times and USA 

Today bestselling LUX Series. It is being released on December 1st, 2015. The eBook includes two bonus books from Daemon's POV, as well as original music inspired by OBLIVION embedded in the eBook.

Oblivion (Trade paperback) – will be Obsidian in Daemon’s POV

Oblivion (digital copy across all retailers) – will be Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal in Daemon’s POV


Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon 

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...

Interview with Daemon...

How many computers do you think you’ll have to replace for Katy in your lifetime?

Hopefully no more, because I’m pretty sure she’ll throat punch me if we fry out another laptop.

Kat is a huge reader. What is one book you would reread if you had to choose?

Go the F**K to Sleep

What is your favorite thing Katy and you do on a regular basis?

Kiss. The rest I can’t share because it goes into NR-17.

OBLIVION Pre-Order Campaign:

Get Invaded with Oblivion - Daemon's POV, which releases on December 1st! If you order OBLIVION before 12/4/15, you can receive a deleted scene. You must fill out the following form at the link below. This is open to any type of order, from anywhere:

I was shocked to get this package from Entangled this last week!

This is the card you can see. 

Oh course, I couldn't resist reading it right away.


What can I say about this?  It is as good I as I had hoped it would be.  It's totally Daemon Black.  I loved it.

Here's the thing with retelling for me, there needs to be something more.  Simply retelling a story from a different characters POV doesn't hold my interest.  I know what's going to happen.  I need more.  This one was more.

Yes there are scenes that Katy wasn't part of that we see in this book.  Thankfully, not every scene we had before is redone with Daemon's POV.  Some are summarized.  But most of all, there is this transformation that takes place in Daemon's head.  And that is what I loved about his book.

Daemon has good reason to want to keep Katy away from Dee and the rest of the colony.  Of course, he does that with his normal charm and style...hehe.  But what is coming out of his mouth doesn't tell the whole story.  He doesn't understand what it is about Katy that keeps him making mistakes.  Why he can't leave her alone.  Yeah, Dee is part of it but there is several times that he uses that excuse and keeps going back.  He doesn't know why.  And that's where this transformation takes place.  From knowing he should stay not being able to stay away but trying realizing he doesn't want to stay away at all.  And I loved it.  And it's all done with typical Daemon Black charm.

Of course you will want to read this if you are a Lux fan.  I can't wait for the eBook to come so I can read more!  The print book only contains what would be Obsidian and I NEED more.  

Some favorite scenes:  The whole convincing her to go swimming with him...not what I was expecting.  The trip to the used bookstore!  When Dee told him Katy accepted a date with Simon!  When he saw her in the red dress!  And so many, many more.

Don't miss this one and don't put it off till later.  


And don’t miss the first books in the LUX Series!

LUX: Beginnings

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LUX: Consequences

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Blog Tour Schedule:

November 23-USA Today/Vilma's Book Blog-Chapter One released
November 24-Mundie Moms-Excerpt
November 25-Paranormal Book Club-Daemon Q&A
November 26-Thanksgiving
November 27-No BS Book Reviews-Daemon Q&A
November 28-Stuck in Books-Daemon Q&A
November 29-Jenuine Cupcakes-Baking w/ Daemon
November 30-Love Between the Sheets-Daemon Q&A
December 1-Reading Teen-Excerpt
December 2-A Bookish Escape-Daemon Q&A
December 3-Owl Always Be Reading-Daemon Q&A
December 4-Nose Stuck in a Book-Excerpt
December 5-Bookhounds YA-Excerpt

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill ~ Q&A, Feature & Giveaway

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey... 

With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm—the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize. 

Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.

But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea.

Val had the opportunity to interview Lauren!

So much band and choir in this book, I have to ask: Any band or choir in your past? (I have some in mine!)

I was in the concert band until I graduated from high school, and did marching band my freshman and sophomore years (flute-totin’ band geek right here!). I also sang in church choir for several years in middle school and high school. I was your basic music nerd.

There was this band trip I went on to LA, yeah . . . very interesting. So this is on a boat. Is the whole band there? Are there just a few? What’s the deets?

The Trouble with Destiny takes place on the spring break band trip, which this year is happening on cruise ship. Since it’s spring (and marching season is the fall), it’s the concert band that’s going, but any good band geek knows that marching season never really ends! I basically stole the premise from my freshman-year band trip, when we took a cruise to the Bahamas and played a concert aboard the ship, though Liza’s trip is much crazier than my own!

How did you meet these characters? Did they come waltzing in your head, or did something trigger them into existence?

A lot of these characters were inspired by my own experiences in band, being married to a certified music nerd, and working with teenagers involved in band and orchestra. And though I hate to admit it, there’s a little bit of me in Liza. I was definitely a nerdy, high-strung teenager! And when I was in marching band, for some reason we were obsessed with Rocky Horror Picture Show, so that definitely found its way into The Trouble with Destiny.

Lauren Elizabeth Morrill is many things, including, but not limited to, a writer, an educator, a badass roller derby skater, a former band nerd, an aggressive driver, and a die-hard Mac person. She also watches a lot of TV, eats a lot of junk food, and drinks a lot of Coke. It's a wonder her brain and teeth haven't rotted out of her head.

Lauren is the author of Meant to Be, Being Sloane Jacobs, The Trouble With Destiny, and the forthcoming My Unscripted Life (October 2016), all from Random House.

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Once Upon A December Synopsis:
Christmas is in the air, and best selling author Sydney Logan is gifting readers with a short story collection, just in time for the holidays. Once Upon a December features Sydney’s latest story, “What Child Is This,” along with her previously published holiday stories in one complete collection. Available for the first time in both paperback and ebook, these heartwarming and romantic tales are sure to bring you joy this holiday season.

What Child Is This?
Estranged from his family and the love of his life, Thomas Fisher finds himself stranded in an airport on Christmas Eve. Imagine his surprise when a young boy takes him by the hand and shows him the way home.

Mistletoe Magic
Melanie Taylor is on a mission to find the perfect Christmas gift for her husband. Something special. Something expensive. Something that will save her marriage. Can a chance encounter on an elevator make her Christmas wish come true?

The Little Drummer Boy
It’s Christmas Eve, and Justin Banks is on the hunt for a last-minute gift for his wife, Megan. With the help of a homeless man and the beat of a drum, Justin stumbles upon the one thing Megan has always wanted. The one thing money can’t buy. It's amazing what we can hear if we just take a moment and really listen.

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Excerpt from “What Child Is This?” 

Please come home for Christmas this year? 

I don’t bother replying to my sister’s text. She knows I’m not coming home. I just power off my phone and stuff it back into my jacket. With a tired sigh, I lean back, close my eyes, and find myself doing the one thing I try never to do. 

I think about the mess I’ve made of my life. 

Ten years ago, I’d been an eighteen-year-old living in Paisley Springs, Tennessee—a tiny, rural town about two hours north of Nashville. Ten years ago, I’d been a popular athlete with dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. Ten years ago, I’d been the golden child of Dr. Benjamin and Olivia Fisher. 

Ten years ago, I’d been a boy in love. 

I still am. 

Life is full of highways, and some are just too long when you’re trying to find your way home. In my case, some forgotten roads completely disappear. Time erases them, to the point that you begin to wonder if they ever really existed in the first place. 

But they did. I know they did. 

I close my eyes and try to ignore the image that flickers behind my eyelids. In my mind, Emma Hayes is still eighteen years old. With her long red hair and deep green eyes, she’d always looked at me as if I was her dream come true. 

And I was, until I ripped those dreams away. 

We were together for more than a year, and it had been the happiest time of my life. But being crazy in love makes you do stupid things. Careless things. 

And then things happen that you never imagined would happen to you.

 Excerpt from “Mistletoe Magic”   

“Doing some last-minute shopping?” Ethan asked. 

Melanie blinked rapidly before nodding. 

“I am,” she replied stiffly. “You?” 

He lifted the gold bag, giving it a little shake. 

She nodded. “For someone special?”

“For my wife. You?” 

“My husb—” 

Her reply was cut short when the lights dimmed, and the elevator lurched to a stop. 

“Fantastic,” Melanie mumbled. 

The emergency lights flickered on, and Ethan pushed the alarm button before grabbing the elevator’s phone. Melanie listened intently as he barked orders to someone before slamming down the receiver. 

“The entire block is in the dark,” Ethan grumbled. He removed his jacket before settling himself on the floor. 

“What are you doing?” 

“Getting comfortable,” Ethan said. “The guy said it might be a while.” 

Melanie glanced down at her silk dress. 

“I’m not sitting on this dirty floor.” 

Ethan shrugged. “Suit yourself.” 

Melanie eyed his jacket. 

“Speaking of suits, isn’t that Armani?” 

“I have no idea which expensive name is stitched on the label.” 

She smirked. “But you know it’s expensive.” 

“There isn’t a suit in my closet that didn’t cost a fortune. My wife insists upon it.”

“Maybe that’s because your wife has good taste.” 

“Maybe that’s because my wife is too hung-up on labels.” Ethan loosened his tie and sighed tiredly. “Just sit down. I hate enclosed spaces, and you’re making me nervous.” 

A stubborn Melanie remained on her feet, but the four-inch heels of her favorite boots weren’t the most comfortable, and after a few minutes, she finally relented and removed her coat. It was far less expensive than the dress, after all. She placed it on the floor before slowly sitting down. 

“See? Isn’t that better?” 

Melanie sighed loudly. 

“One of us should probably conserve our cell battery,” Ethan suggested, pulling his phone out of his pocket. “My Blackberry has a full charge, so I don’t mind keeping mine on if you’d like to save yours.” 

With a nod, Melanie reached into her bag and turned off her iPhone. 

“You don’t want to text someone first?” Ethan asked. “Your husband might worry if you come home late.” 

Melanie somehow resisted the urge to laugh. 

“No one worries about me,” she said. 

A brief look passed between them before they both quickly looked away.     

Excerpt from “The Little Drummer Boy”   

Rum pum pum pum. 

It’s faint, but it’s there. A quiet, rhythmic beat that blends into the night. How this old man heard the sound is beyond me. 

“You hear it, don’t you?” 

With a nod, I look around, hoping to find the source of the sound. The man points toward the coffee shop’s covered alleyway. 

“Back there,” he says. 

The carolers begin their rendition of “O Holy Night,” and once again, I hear the “rum pum pum pum” coming from the darkness. 

Intrigued, I step away from the old man and walk slowly toward the alley. Each step brings me closer to the beat, until finally, I see a little boy, nestled in the corner. His only light comes from a lantern, and a snare drum rests in his lap. The drum is scarred and the strap is frayed, but it’s obviously his most prized possession. 

Probably his only possession. 

Does he live here? In this filthy alley? And where are his parents? 

“Shall I play for you?” 

His voice is just a whisper. His clothes are dirty and ragged, and the faded blue jacket he wears is about three sizes too big. 

“I heard you playing,” I tell him, keeping my voice soft and light. The last thing I want to do is scare the kid. “You’re very good. Are you alone?” 

He nods. 

“Where are your parents?” 

His face contorts in pain, and my stomach lurches. He can’t be more than five years old. Maybe six. 

“Shall I play for you?” he asks again. A little stronger this time. A little more determined.

Because I don’t know what else to do, I nod. The covered alleyway has thankfully kept most of the snow away, so I find a flattened section of shredded cardboard and sit down. I don’t think about the fact that I’m probably ruining my thousand-dollar suit. I just sit and listen. 

The boy’s sticks pound the head of the drum. 

Rum pum pum pum. 

Rum pum pum pum. 

Each rhythmic thump pierces my soul, and when he comes to the end of his song, I reach inside my jacket for my wallet. 

“No, sir,” he says softly. “I don't need your money.” 

It’s hard not to laugh. The kid is surrounded by dumpsters and living in a cardboard box. If anyone needs my money, it’s this child. 

“What do you need?” 

“Just food.” 

“I can pay you with food?” 

The boy nods vigorously, and I notice his eyes are suddenly a little brighter. The poor guy is probably starving and could definitely use a bath. Dirt cakes his face, but he has the biggest, bluest eyes I’ve ever seen. 

“Why don't you come home with me?” I hear myself say. “My wife loves to cook.” 

He shakes his head. “I can't leave. My mom told me to stay here. I have to stay here.” 

“How old are you?” 

“I'm six, sir.” 

“Do you have a name?” 

“My name’s Luke.” 

“Well, Luke, my name is Justin Banks, and it's cold out here. It's going to keep snowing.”

“Yes, sir,” he whispers, his voice trembling. 

“I could take you home with me for a little while. You could take a bath and eat some dinner with us.” 

At the mention of a bath, he smiles. 

“And then we can try to find your mom and dad.” 

The little boy bows his head, and when he looks up at me again, the light in his eyes is long gone. 

“My mom told me to stay here.” 

I close my eyes in frustration. I can talk a judge and jury into almost anything. Have I really met my match in a six-year-old living in a cardboard box? 

Maybe so. 

But I have a secret weapon. 

Sydney Logan Bio:
Amazon best-selling author Sydney Logan holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of five novels - Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, Soldier On, Once Upon a December, and Pros & Cons. Sydney has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.
A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
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