Monday, March 27, 2017

#SIBisOutofTown Giveaway 4



Val & Jess is out of town!

At Apollycon!

And we're leaving the promo for the blog up to YOU, our followers!

Are you up for the challenge??

Each day there will be a different giveaway for a book by an author that's at Apollycon!

The entries will be based on promoting the posts on the blog!


NEXT Author up?

Tessa Bailey





Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire . . .

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .







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Sunday, March 26, 2017

#SIBisOutofTown Giveaway 3



Val & Jess is out of town!

At Apollycon!

And we're leaving the promo for the blog up to YOU, our followers!

Are you up for the challenge??

Each day there will be a different giveaway for a book by an author that's at Apollycon!

The entries will be based on promoting the posts on the blog!


NEXT Author up?

Cora Carmack



First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.




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Saturday, March 25, 2017

#SIBisOutofTown Giveaway 2



Val & Jess is out of town!

At Apollycon!

And we're leaving the promo for the blog up to YOU, our followers!

Are you up for the challenge??

Each day there will be a different giveaway for a book by an author that's at Apollycon!

The entries will be based on promoting the posts on the blog!


NEXT Author up?

Brighton Walsh

A favorite!






Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for.





Took this book to Apollycon to get it signed!!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Struggle by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Buzz Tour & Giveaway



THE STRUGGLE SYNOPSIS



A bloody path has been chosen… 

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs. 

The Great War fought by the few is coming… 

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people. 

In the end, the sun will fall… 

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same. 

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

















Favorite Greek God?


I think if anyone had asked me before I read the Covenant and Titan series who my favorite Greek God way, I'd have said Poseidon. I loved the whole water thing he has going AND truthfully, I loved the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. 



 But now? Well this series changed things, didn't it.

Now my favorite is the sun God, Apollo!

Apollo, Greek God of the Sun, The Light, the Music and the Prophecy.



Name(s):  Apollo, Aegletes, Phoebus, Phanaeus, Hilius
Rules:  Music, Poetry, Art, Oracles, Archery, Plague, Medicine, Sun, Light and Knowlege
Symbols:  Lyre, Laurel wreath, Python, Raven, Bow and arrows
Sacred animals: Wolf, Dolphin
Parents: Zeus and Leto
Siblings:  Artemis
Children:  Asclepius, Troilus, Aristaeus, Orpheus
Facts sourced from Greek Gods & Goddesses




     Yes, yes,...all of that is interesting but what really made me love him was The Covenant Series.  JLAs interruption of Apollo is much more interesting than the Greeks views on him.


***Spoiler Alert***
If you haven't read The Covenant Series (*gasps* say what?) don't read the next part!


      At the beginning of the series, the Gods were absent, or so we thought.  But Apollo is actually around a lot.  He likes to appear as a human named Leon and was quite a good Sentinel!  But the real fun started when we found that little tidbit out and he started openly popping in as Apollo.  And I do mean POPPING in! HA!

     As Leon...


     Leon, the King of Impeccable Timing, glared at me.  "You are in need of a professional babysitter." (Deity)

     When I looked up, Leon was gone.  Shaking my head, I went over to one of the marble benches and sat.  I had no idea how Leon could move such a massive body around so quietly and fast.   The ground should tremble in his wake.  (Deity)

      And I truly believed that Telly was behind the compulsion that'd been used on my the night I almost turned into a human Popsicle.  If Leon hadn't found me, I'd have frozen to death. (Deity)

      A second later, there was a knock on my door and a booming voice.  "Alexandria?"  Seth stilled above me, panting.  "You have got to be freaking kidding me."  Leon knocked again.  "Alexandria, I know you're in there."  Dazed, I blinked several times.  The room slowly came back into focus as did Seth's disgruntled expression.  I almost laughed, except I felt...off.  "You better answer him, angel, before he barges in here."  (Deity)

      It sounded lame, but it was like the old times, before everything got so incredibly screwed up.  Sometimes Leon popped in on us.  He never seemed surprised or suspicious.  Not even the last time, when we'd been sitting with our backs against the wall, arguing about whether or not ghosts existed. (Deity) 


    As Apollo...


      I jumped, smacking my hand off my chest.  Apollo sat on the edge of the toilet seat, one leg crossed over the other..."Oh, my gods,"  I said.  "Seriously.  Are you trying to kill me again by giving me a heart attack?"  (Deity)

      "She should be kept as far away from Lucian's hours as possible," Apollo said, appearing out of nowhere.  Several of the Guards backed off, eyes wide and faces pale.  Apollo grinned at them.  "Anywhere Seth will be, I suggest Alexandria should not be."  "We need to put a bell on him," Aiden muttered.  I pressed my lips together to keep from laughing. (Deity)

      There was a part of me that kept expecting the gods to zap on of us for finally breaking all the rules.  So when Apollo popped in on our fourth round of Scrabble, I about had a heart attack.  "Gods!"  I clutched my chest.  "Can you stop doing that?" (Deity)


AND that was just ONE book in the Covenant series. 

Then you add it all the Apollo time in the Titan series!


      He occasionally makes me mad...he did that a lot in The Struggle.  I won't give you reasons, since they are way to spoilery.  BUT I get him.  He loves Alex.  He loves Josie.  He tries more than the other Gods do.  But, of course, that is the JLA version of Apollo and he's the one I love!

      What about you?  Have a favorite Greet God??




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March 19 - Krista Dust Jacket  - Chapter 1 Reveal 
March 20  - The Escapist Book Blog - Top 5 Seth Moments
March 21 – Vi3t Babe/Deity Island - Top 5 Josie Moments
March 22 - Jenuine CupcakesQ&A with Drew Leighty
March 23 - K-BooksTitan Series Dreamcasting

March 24 - Stuck in Books - Fave Greek God














#SIBisOutofTown Giveaway 1



Val & Jess is out of town!

At Apollycon!

And we're leaving the promo for the blog up to YOU, our followers!

Are you up for the challenge??

Each day there will be a different giveaway for a book by an author that's at Apollycon!

The entries will be based on promoting the posts on the blog!


FIRST Author up?

Jennifer L Armentrout

Of course!!






A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…





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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Swoon Thursday ~ 3/23/17



Who doesn't LOVE a good swoon?!  We love them for sure!  Check out our swoon below and then add to the fun.

Post anything that made you swoon, past or present read.  Include the cover, blurb and links.  Please no spoilers.











A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…





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Swoons!













That's our swoon this week!  What about you?  Leave us a comment & a link.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Struggle (Titan, #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Double Review

SETH!




A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…







The struggle is real people!  Oh yes, when I finished this book there was a mighty struggle!  I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR TO FIND OUT HOW THIS PLAYS OUT?! Say what?

It's not a cliffhanger so much as revelation of things to come.  One that makes you scream!  Then pretend to throw your reading device (but then pet your iPad because you love it too much to throw).  And finally, cry because you know you have to WAIT to find out how this brilliant author is going to figure out the mess the characters are in.  *sigh*

Obviously, I love the characters.  I re-read books one and two right before I read this one and I laughed so much.  I adore Seth.  Anyone who looks down on him, judges him or thinks he's not good enough for Josie is gonna have to go through ME.  So sometimes that's even Seth.  He needs to have his own behind kicked a few times.  I love that he feels bad for the bad choices he's made in the past.  I adore that he tries hard to do the right thing now.  I want to kick his behind when he still makes the wrong choice.  But I so want to snuggle him.  He needs it.  And he so loves to snuggle.  He loves Josie with all his heart and he's willing to do anything to protect her.  Talk about some character development.  I thought he'd come a long way in The Covenant series.  He's made even more progress (and I do mean growth here) in this book.  This book was just as enlightening to the series as Deity was to The Covenant series.  And Seth is at the center of that.

Now Josie is the heart of the book, as well she should be.  Her struggle is very hard on her.  And she's so strong.  Who would have thought this girl that couldn't fight and thought she was going to college for Psychology just a short time ago could have come so far.  She is a force to be reckoned with and I'm so proud of her.  Her strength is not always about the fight but about the will.  And her ability to stand up to Seth?  Legendary!  So strong this girl is.

I so enjoyed seeing Alex and Aiden some more.  Deacon and Luke were so much fun to have around.  I love that the characters are all dear friends that I feel like I know and would love to spend time with.  It's nice to see them happy as couples.  And there is another character I loved so much from The Covenant series that makes an appearance in this one.  I screamed when he showed up.  Makes me smile.

Characters?  Check.  

What about the story?  Talk about tear my heart out of my chest story!  Some books I read straight threw and some books I must pace.  This one is the latter.  I needed time for my heart to deal with the emotions that this books stirred in me.  But it called to me every time I put it down.  It was back in my hands the next day.  And I was cheering for these two.  Hoping.  Praying.  

Story?  Double check.

It's just so good, guys!  The emotions, the scary Titans, the struggle to find things, the need to fix things - it's all so brilliantly woven into an emotional story that both satisfies and has you longing for more.  I want the rest.  I want book four.  I want to sit and read all four books in order as I drink up every drop of this series.  Of Seth.  Of Josie.  And I know in my heart that I love every last moment of it!

If you've read the rest, you'll want this too.  If you haven't read the rest, what are you waiting for???


                                          






After finishing The Power last year, I was in serious need of The Struggle. If you've read The Power YOU KNOW why. So I was so ready to dive into this book when it landed on my kindle. I didn't know what was in store (though I was hoping for some great Sethie moments), but I figured it was of course going to be great. But Y'ALL. This. Book. It blew my mind. And yes, I loved it.

There are several elements that made this novel great. The first of which was, of course, the characters. We have Josie, who's strong and loyal, and I love how she stands up for Seth. She's on his side, always. She's also reasonable and smart and brave, and I totally admire her. Then there's Seth -- and may I say that I am in awe of how much he has grown. Throughout the series in general, but ESPECIALLY in this book. I've always been a Seth fan, but I swear I fell in love with his character all over again in this book. Love him, love him, love him.

Another strong element was the romance, which never fails to set my heart aflutter. I adore Seth and Josie together, and I especially enjoyed how much stronger their relationship became in this book. They've always been a couple I was rooting for, but now they've gone up a few levels and I am so HAPPY.

One of the biggest aspects of The Struggle that blew me away was the plot. So many things happen! We find out lots. And...well. Stuff happens. And I'm kind of hesitant to even try to explain because I don't want to spoil. So I'll just say this -- things were happening and happening and I was having feelings and I didn't want to put the book down and then I reached the end and I LOVED IT. So. Freaking. GOOD.

That cryptic paragraph will have to suffice.

Last but never least, there was the ever-fantastic writing. I'm pretty sure you'd already understand that the writing was great if the characters were marvelous (and, I repeat, their GROWTH) and the plot was riveting. And of course there was the signature JLA humor strewn throughout, which is awesome.

Overall, The Struggle is my favorite book of the series so far! It's romantic and interesting and unputdownable. If you haven't picked up this newest installment in the Titan series yet, I highly recommend you do -- it's amazing!