Happy Thursday! Today is a great day because I get to do a
cover reveal (and I love cover reveals) and a Giveaway for Dreams in Her Head
(Sparkstone Saga #2)
I'll get right to the chase, check out the Cover for Dreams
in Her Head by Clare C. Marshall, read the blurb and enter to win!
Releasing March 13th 2014!
Step quickly, step through.
Breathe in the darkness,
are its master.
Ingrid Stanley is in more
trouble than she knows. Ingrid’s dead friend keeps showing up in her dreams
along with mysterious visions that feel all-too real. What’s worse is now the
Collective knows that Ingrid is supposed to have superpowers. They’re waiting
to pounce the moment Ingrid and her new superpower-wielding friends make a
When her family is threatened
by Professor Jadore, Ingrid decides it’s time to take matters into her own
hands. A little student protest can’t go wrong, she thinks. Not when her
almost-boyfriend Ethan is fully supporting it. Not when her friends put an
innocent student’s life in danger to make it successful.
Not when a powerful alien is
waiting for Ingrid to inadvertently summon him into this world.
Everything’s going to be fine.
Absolutely no one will get hurt this time.
Clare Marshall grew up in
rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet,
she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and
psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber
College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She is a full time freelance
editor, book designer, and web manager. When she’s not writing, she enjoys
playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.
If you want to learn more
about Clare C. Marshall, the Sparkstone Saga or about her other books, click on
the links below!
And now, Enter to win an eBook copy of Stars In Her Eyes
(Sparkstone Saga #1) and Dreams In Her Head (Sparkstone Saga #2). There will be
TWO winners to this giveaway! Open internationally, of course. Giveaway ends
February 24, 2014.
I've got a double dose of awesome today for our 10 Book Confessions
Writing Partner Duo Melinda Metz and Laura J.
Most notably, they are the creative masterminds behind the Roswell High
Series (yes, the books based on the hit TV show Roswell) but they've also got
several other novels under their belts and more to come in the future!
So please, give a warm welcome to Melinda and Laura!
1. I'm in three book groups, and one of them meets twice a week. I think I'm
addicted. No, I know I am.
2. I have
read the novelization of Born Innocent, based on the somewhat
infamous 70's movie starring Linda Blair.
grandmother gave me Flowers in the Attic. My mom threw it away. But
not before I read it.
4. I got
a goodly amount of sex ed from Judy Blume's Forever, including
what happens at the gynecologist and that (some) guys name their penises.
read The Exorcist when I was 12, and didn't fully recover
until a few years ago. I knew I was okay when I read the 40th anniversary
edition and didn't relapse and start having nightmares.
read Pride and Prejudice at least once a year, and have since
I was twelve. (I refuse to do the math on how many times that makes.)
2. I read
the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy every two or three years,
and have since I was ten. (See note on math, above.) I also wrote my college
thesis on it—before it was cool! The movies weren’t even in development yet,
there was a vague tinge of “those are kids’ books” about the trilogy, and I had
to beg my professor to let me do it. Afterwards, he thanked me for forcing him
to re-read Tolkien, as he’d forgotten how good the books were.
3. I also
thought that all guys named their penises because of Forever.
4. I just
read A Little Princess to my kids, and it made me feel like a
terrible writer. That book is beautifully written and doesn’t imagine that
children need to be spoon-fed a story.
5. I have
never read a book by Stephen King. Not one. And this does not bother me.
Shay could never do the things her friends could--never try out for
sports, never go to parties, never fall in love. Because of the mysterious and
incurable blood disorder she was born with, she can barely make it through
three days of school a week.
But now, her doctor-turned-stepfather has a brand-new treatment that he thinks
will change everything. And it does. As soon as the new blood starts pumping
into Shay's veins, she has visions of a different life...Gabriel's life. She
sees an orphanage, loss, fangs, blood, and lust that she can't explain.
Is Gabriel real? And if he is, could he really be what she thinks he is?
Happy Monday. Though I know most of us still wish it were Sunday...
But, alas, it's Monday. Not Sunday, which means that I have another installment
of !0 Bookish Confession!
LS Murphy is no stranger to the blog, but I'm proud to welcome her
as she confesses all things books, and shares with us the cover and blurb for
her latest release, Neighbors! And just so you know, I soooo want to stick a
'U' into that title. Neighbours... Because I'm Canadian, but that's a matter
for another day! So, Neighbors it is!
Alright, LS, take it away!
10 Bookish Confessions
1.I don’t like to read
Shakespeare. *ducks* Yes, I know how revered Shakespeare is, but unless it’s
performed, I simply don’t like enjoy the Bard.
2.I refused to read Harry Potter
as it swept the world. The literary snob inside me said, “You can’t read kiddie
books.” When Order of the Phoenix was released, I finally jumped on the
3.I flunked a course on American
poets in college, but I still have the text book. It’s one of my favorite
4.Actually, I flunked out of my
first college by writing my first novel. My roommate would come back from a
class and steal my notebook to stay caught up. When she’d get to the end of
what I’d written, she’d demand to know what happened next.
5.My mom built me a bookshelf to
hold all my Sweet Valley High books. She even painted it a pale yellow to match
some of the covers.
6.I don’t like The Lord of the
Rings. Movies or books.
7.I get more upset when a movie
adaptation changes the characters more than the plot. After all, I know these
characters. They’ve become a part of me.
8.I trust Oprah’s judgment on
books. I discovered some amazing authors that I never would’ve noticed.
9.The best part about ebooks is
that I can sneak more than one book into the day job. J
10.I’ve started holding off on
reading some series because I know I’ll want the next book as soon as I finish
the first, and I don’t want to wait a year. So, I just wait until they’ve all
been released and hide in my room for an entire weekend.
let's check out the cover and blurb for Neighbors!
Rena Woods has a great life. She recently landed
the contract to decorate the home of basketball wife, Cecilia Hood, her
business is growing, and this contract could make her the elite decorator in
St. Louis. Rena’s sacrificed her personal life for her company without a single
regret. When Staff Sergeant C.J. Riker moves in across the hall, Rena can’t
stand to be around him. He may be on the volcanic side of hot, but his attitude
sucks. Riker does whatever he can to get under Rena’s skin.
After a massive blow to her business sends Rena on
a self-destructive binge, Riker is there to save her from doing something she
might regret. Could there be more to Riker than meets the eye? And will he open
up enough to Rena to tell her how he lost his leg or shut out love forever?
If you want to learn more about LS Murphy
and her other novels (all great!!!) please take a moment to click on the links
below, they will magically take you to a land far, far away... Or just to her
social media links...
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Happy Monday! Welcome to another edition
of 10 Confessions, I'll let Angela take over!
Before I bare my soul and all its
quirks, I want to thank Avery for having me on her blog today.She supports so many authors and I know we
all appreciate it!
So here they are in no particular order,
Ten Confessions, some of which might actually embarrass me if you could see my
1. I absolutely hate the feel of raw
wood and therefore can’t stand to eat popsicles. The sensation is like nails on
a chalkboard for me.I know, weird, huh?
2. I’m the only person I know with a cat-a-torium (an enclosed outdoor area for kitties.)After one of our cats got out and was eaten
by the coyotes that roam the desert behind my house, my husband he surprised me
with a cat-a-torium. We’ve had no escapees since.
3. I am a shameless nap taker which
works out well because I am a die-hard night owl, especially when I’m working
on a bookJ
4. Even though with practice I’m getting
better but I still hate killing my characters. I spend so much time with them
that when I kill them I feel this weird sense of remorse.
5. I’m a remodeling junkie. My seventeen
year old son makes fun of me because my husband and I love HGTV.With both a house and small cabin, it seems
we are always remodeling something.Geeky, I know.
6. I’ve been known to get caught singing
in public bathrooms…often loudly!The
acoustics are so good, it’s just too tempting.Plus, I spent most of my young life in choirs so singing makes me happy!Sorry to everyone who walks in on me.
7.I still don’t get the Twilight phenomenon.My hat is off to Mrs. Meyers and I’m happy
for her success, but to be totally honest I read all the books and I just don’t
8.I see life differently because I was raised
by my father.For years, I thought
stereo wires on the wall were home decor and hamburger helper was a top notch
meal.Turns out Moms are pretty
important and home décor is also about art and not just function.Still, I have to say thanks dad. You did
9. When it comes to leading men, I’m a
sucker for the boy next door.I love his
down-to-earth, genuine, gorgeousness.For me, nice guys do finish last!
10. Even after three books I still get
giddy when I get a five star review!The
longer I am part of the publishing industry, the more I realized what a miracle
it is that I get to write books alongside so many talented people. I never take
that for granted and when out of millions of books, someone loves mine…I get
giddy with excitement.
Thank so much for stopping by and
confessing! Now, let's check out Becoming Bryn, which I happen to know is a
pretty awesome book!
months, Jesse has been envious of her twin sister Bryn and even has a crush on
Bryn’s gorgeous, popular boyfriend, Quinton.
Jesse awakens from a coma to learn that everyone thinks she IS Brin, the option
of actually taking over her sister’s life is beyond tempting, but there’s a
downside. She’d have to give up her relationship with Ethan, her best friend
and the only person she trusts.
she actually live s Brin for the rest of her life? And if her family and
friends found out, would they ever forgive her?
My little man turned 7. 7! I mean, wow, where did the time
go. He isn't so little anymore, and is developing quite the unique personality.
Most days it drives me insane, other days, I think it's the cutest thing on the
But turning 7 deserves a party and a cake. But not just any
cake. Some of you may know that in my spare time, I make cakes.
Only when I had started out planning Andre's 7th Birthday, I
was going to make Cupcakes. That was what he asked for, and that's what I had
planned on giving him.
Normally, I don't submit to peer pressure. I just don't. But
when it comes to my cakes, I get very protective, and many people thought that
I couldn't show up to my son's birthday with boring old cupcakes.
Apparently I have amazed people with my cakes. One day I'll
get around to posting a few more pictures of them, but the point is, I'd set
the bar, higher and higher, and I either needed to be on the same level as
previous years, or I needed to one up myself.
So, the day before the party I had decided to scrap the
cupcakes and bake a cake, and decorated and try, and possibly fail because it
was so last minutes, to make an awe inspiring cake.
I felt rushed. I felt the theme a little flat. Spiderman.
And I felt I should couldn't do it.
I actually hated that I submitted to peer pressure and
decided to go against my plan but I think the end result was worth it.
I'm not going to lie, I love it when people love my cakes,
think they are amazing, and ask me all kinds of questions about them. I love
But pleasing my son was the most important thing.
"This is even cooler than I could have ever imagine!
Way better than cupcake!"
I think I did good if that's his reaction, but why don't you
be the judge? Was this cake better than boring old cupcakes?
Now, my only fear is that next year I'm going to have to one
up myself again! The pressure is already mounting. Believe it or not, my son
hasn't even been seven for two weeks and people are already asking me what I'm
planning next year. A whole year away! I have no idea. It depends on what Andre
is into, but you can be sure there won't be any silly cupcakes.
I've decided that Book Confessions are one
of my favourite things. I mean, here we have another stellar example of a
reader/author, who has many things she needs to get off her chest, and I find myself
nodding my head and smiling, because secretly I do the same things too!
It's a great way to get into the heads of
readers! And don't forget to read to the end and learn about Heather Van Fleet's new book, A Long Time Coming!
So, without further ado...
Heather Van Fleet’s ten book
10. Sometimes, I secretly skip ahead in a
book and read the first sex scene. If it’s well written…I start from page one
and read on. If It’s not, I have a tendency to pass on the book altogether. (Is
that wrong of me? Eep!)
9. I hoard bookmarks like it’s nobody’s
business. Nobody knows about my collection. I have this box that I secretly
stash away in a closet downstairs just because I can. lol
8. I bookmark/highlight pages on my Kindle
that I completely swoon over (first kisses, etc) and then when the book is
over, I go back and re-read those particular scenes so my book hangover isn’t
7. I read the final Twilight book (Breaking
Dawn) eleven times. Yes. Eleven. No shame.
6. If I wake up in the middle of the night,
I almost always have to read at least
a chapter or two of a book I’m on, just so I can fall back asleep.
5. When I walk into a book store, I
literally cannot stop smiling. I call it my paperback high.
4. One day I spent three hours at a Barnes
and Noble stalking the YA book shelves. Oh heck, who am I kidding? I do this at
least once a month.
have to be alone to read sexy time books. No hubby, no kids (obviously) and
definitely no television blaring. I call it my sexy book zone.
2. My three year olds name is Isabella. We
call her Belly because I don’t want people to thing we named her after Bella
from Twilight. (Not really book related, but I like to get that out there front
and center for everyone to know)
1. My number one confession? I have 1,330
books on my Kindle or in my Kindle File on Amazon. I’ve read every. Single.
You can learn more about Heather by
stalking her on the Internet! Click any of the links below.
Abigail Orson has a problem. A love
problem to be precise; and she has absolutely no idea how to go about fixing
For years now, she has been chasing her best friend’s brother—demanding things
from him that he’s never wanted to give. For one? A real relationship that
surpasses well beyond that dreaded ‘just friends’ zone. You see, David Anderson
is her idea of perfection to a T. The one and only guy who has ever had the
ability to make her heart beat faster; make her toes curl with the simple blink
of his long, girly lashes. But David is also a recovering amputee, and the only
thing he really wants from Abigail is to be left alone. Abigail is a fighter though,
and losing the one guy who has ruined her for every other is no longer an
A guy with one leg who has lost his motivation to live—to love—to actually be a
man. David believes he’s a waste of space. If only the beautiful girl of his
unattainable dreams would get that through her perfect, blonde, stubborn head!
He’s not the right guy for Abigail. He’ll never be worthy of what she deserves.
However, staying away is almost impossible, especially when he’s just as in
love with her as she is with him. But Abigail has a life ahead of her, one
that’s definitely livable without a nineteen–year–old gimp like him holding her
down. What makes her want to stick around is beyond questionable to David’s
Choices will be made. Lines will be drawn. And together, they will face
challenges that nobody saw coming. David and Abigail may have had almost
fourteen years to fall in love, but the thing is, timing and love have never
exactly worked in their favor.
It has been years in the making, and definitely A Long Time Coming for David
and Abigail. Let’s hope they don’t screw it up before they actually have the
chance to get it right…
I was sitting down to lunch with Mr. Olive the other day, and
asked him a favour. Now, most often he likes to stay behind the scenes when it
comes to my authorly life, so this was going to force him to step in front of
Honestly, I was pretty sure he'd say no, but I asked anyway.
I asked if he'd like to partake in my 10 Book Confessions Blog Segment. You
see, Mr. Olive is an avid reader, and he loves me, so of course, he always
surprises me! He gets brownie points for this, definitely, and continues to be
the world's most awesome husband.
So, as a special treat, here are...
Mr. Olive's 10 Book
1. Part A. I read the Twilight Saga because my wife asked me
to. They weren't horrible, but they weren't great.
1. Part B. I read the Mortal Instruments and The Hunger
Games Trilogy because my wife asked me to, and I'm sure she'll ask me to read
many other books.
2. If a book is really good, I'll read it again. And maybe
again after that. I've read Frank Herbert's Dune series a few times.
3. I own all the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan Series, in hardcover,
15 so far. I've yet to read them all though.
4. I've read and own all Anne Rice's Vampire Novels before
Vampires came back in popularity. That's right. Vampires were way cooler before
5. I was one of the only kids in my high school class that
read books for fun.
6. Once I was given an English assignment to write a 14 Page
essay on one of the novels I had read. I summed up the entire novel in 14 paragraphs
and called it good. I was always a reader, but never a writer. I think I might
have failed that paper.
7. The first real chapter book I read was White Fang by Jack
London. I was 10 or so. And to this day it's still one of my favourites.
8. The worst book I read was Music of the Spheres by Elizabeth Redfern. I
still own it. Which means I suffer through bad books but refuse to get rid of
9. When I read paperbacks I barely open them. I DO NOT crack
the spine. When I'm done reading them, they're still in mint condition. On my
shelf you can't tell which ones I've read or not. But you can tell which ones
I've lent out. Some people are forever banned from borrowing my books.
10. I might be the only guy that asked for a really big
dictionary for Christmas. For my library of books. I got one.
11. My wife has published 2 books and has written countless
others. I've only ever read one so far... That probably doesn't make me look
very good does it?
If you'd like to participate and share your own 10 Book Confessions, I'm always in need! Just shoot me an email, I have tons of dates open for you to confess your bookish sins!