Friday, September 30, 2011

HAVEN Giveaway

Yesterday I posted my review of The Willows: Haven by Hope Collier, but I forgot to mention the ebook giveaway! Anyone who comments on my original post or this one between now and October 6th will be entered in the contest to win a free electronic copy of the book!

And be sure to check out the other stops along the tour:

09/01/11 The Wormhole
09/02/11 Me My Shelf and I
09/03/11 Writing Crazy Me
09/04/11 Stuck In Books
09/05/11 Books Over Boys
09/06/11 Mocha Latte Reads  
09/07/11 Live To Read
09/08/11 Two Readers Review
09/09/11 Bookworm Lisa
09/10/11 We Fancy Books
09/11/11 A Tale of Many Reviews
09/12/11 A Casual Reader’s Blog
09/13/11 Songs and Stories
09/14/11 Fantasy Fairy
09/15/11 Booc Looks
09/16/11 The Light of Asteria
09/17/11 Paper Cut Reviews
09/18/11 Cicis Theories
09/19/11 Literature Monsters
09/20/11 Letters Inside Out
09/21/11 A Written Rhapsody
09/22/11 aoBibliosphere
09/23/11 Book By Book Review
09/24/11 Carole
09/25/11 YA Bound
09/26/11 Young Readers
09/27/11 The Ending Unplanned
09/28/11 Meghann Daugherty
09/29/11 Alison Hess
09/30/11 Megan Curd
10/01/11 Cup of Tea Reviews
10/02/11 Charissa Weaks
10/03/11 The Awesome Magic Attic
10/04/11 Tori Scott
10/05/11 Jessie Harrell
10/06/11 A Tale of Many Reviews

Thursday, September 29, 2011

HAVEN Blog Tour

Welcome, welcome! 
I am excited to be today's stop on The Willows: Haven Blog Tour!

From Goodreads:
When tragedy strikes, seventeen year-old Ashton Blake sets out on a cross-country road trip, leaving the comforts of Malibu for the mountains of Kentucky. Along the way, she encounters Gabe Willoughby—the mysterious drifter with eyes like the sea and a knowing smile. Getting to know Gabe raises questions about her past. But no secret can be buried forever, and Ashton soon finders herself in a world where water is air and myth becomes reality.

Just as Ashton comes to accept her newfound heritage, she’s summoned to fulfill a treaty laid down centuries before — a treaty that will divide her love and test her loyalty. In the end, her future isn’t her biggest concern, her humanity is. To run may mean war, but is she strong enough to stay?

Hope Collier has created an enchanting world, and I found myself floating along with Ashton and Gabe as they got to know each other. Our main character, Ashton, is struggling with the death of her father when she meets Gabe, a motorcycle-riding mystery man. I wondered about this handsome stranger from the moment he appeared, and his complicated history made him one of my favorite characters. The attraction between Ashton and Gabe is well-written and sweet, and it left me wanting more time for them to be together.

Alas, their time is cut short when Ashton is taken to The Valley. This is where Hope really hit her stride. Her descriptions of this world within our world were stunning:
The light of the full moon glistened off the water, casting shimmering reflections against the trees. A gentle wind carried the fragrance of water lilies across the bank as cattails swayed along the shoreline. [...] The effect the water possessed was more powerful than ever before. Familiar scents comforted me as I waded out into the deep. The caress felt like satin against my skin, reaching into my very essence. It was part of me, something that would never change, could never be taken away.
As Ashton becomes familiar with the family secrets that determine her fate, she turns to her friend, Kyle, for support and friendship. But Kyle has a history of his own, and his deep feelings for her overwhelm both of them:
The kiss deepened as Kyle's passion stirred. Hot hands wrapped around my waist, lifting me to his height. I threaded my fingers through his hair, allowing the months of loneliness and grief to fuel my reaction. He moaned softly as he held me tighter, and I reveled in the feeling of his love.
There's no doubt that Ashton is in a tight spot. Her feelings for the two most important people in her life, Gabe and Kyle, cannot coexist, and she feels the full weight of the decision she must make. But Hope guides us through the final twists and turns quickly and expertly. I breathed a sigh of relief for Ashton when I came to the last page, but I wasn't ready for the story to end. Luckily, this is just the beginning of Ashton's story - I can't wait!

Thanks so much to Julie of A Tale of Many Reviews for organizing this blog tour and allowing me to participate. And check out The Willows: Haven - it's available now at

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

HAVEN Here Tomorrow

Thursday is going to be awesome. That's because it's my turn on The Willows: Haven Blog Tour, and you'll be able to read my review of this great new book by an awesome author, Hope Collier.

Here's the trailer - see you tomorrow!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Slow and Steady

I feel like a visitor to my own blog these days. The usual back-to-school germs hit us particularly hard this year, and when you add to that the busy schedules of two children and a new part-time job, finding time to blog has been difficult to say the least.

Finding time to polish and release my book - impossible.

I spent the past week feeling sad, disappointed, upset, angry and defeated. I wanted to have this book out months ago, and here it is, still waiting. Then I found some time to work on it yesterday, and I remembered how much I love it and how important it is to me for it to be great. Really great. And as we know, that takes time.

So as I search for those moments here and there to edit, to proofread, to revise and improve, I plan to keep saying the same thing to myself to avoid another pity party: slow and steady, slow and steady, slow and steady. I'll get there. And when I do, when I finally get to the point that I can share it with everyone, I will smile. And then I'll get started on Book Three revisions.

Slow and steady...

*Coming this Thursday (9/29) - my post on the HAVEN Blog Tour*

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ember Blog Tour Update

There are two more days in the tour - time is running out!

Thanks to everyone who has visited and commented on my Ember Blog Tour post. I know it may seem like I haven't been around much lately, but I have noticed all of my visitors, both friends and new followers. Thanks so much for participating!

If you haven't commented yet to enter the Ember giveaways, there's still time. You have until 5PM EDT on September 21st to enter. If you comment with your email on my blog and I'm chosen as one of the seven blogs to give away an ebook copy, you will be entered automatically. And if you comment on all of the blogs on the tour, you'll be entered in the GRAND PRIZE and RUNNER-UP PRIZE contests. Here is what you can win:

GRAND PRIZE: A silver butterfly necklace, an Ember canvas tote, and an ebook of Ember.

RUNNER UP PRIZE: An Ember canvas tote and print copy of Ember.

To see the full list of blog stops, check out the YA Bound blog. It's a great book and a fun contest - hope to see you in the comments!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I remember where I was.
I remember what I saw.
I remember how I felt.

We will never forget.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ember Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Ember Blog Tour!

From Goodreads: When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a beautiful and arrogant Watcher Angel and romantically pursued by his darkly seductive rival, Draven. Ultimately, dubious about her own goodness, Candra’s very existence compromises a tentative peace in the city of Acheron.

Oh, Candra! I felt her confusion as she learned about her past and tried to navigate a future that seemed to flash between beauty and darkness, between peace and war. Luckily, she had a few good girlfriends to help her on her way - Ivy and Lofi. While I loved Ivy, I found myself wanting to spend time with Lofi so that I could get to know her better. 

But the tension between Candra and Sebastian pulled me deeper into the story. (Since this was one of the first books I read on my Kindle, I played with the Notes and Marks function. Of my 14 notes, 10 were about Sebastian!) He seemed so hard, so tough at first, but then he gave in to his feelings for Candra. And he beat himself up for it. And he gave in again. I enjoyed the push and pull relationship between Candra and Sebastian, and the tension between them kept me wondering who and what was truly best for her.

Draven had the best line by far in the whole book. Innocent flirting between Candra and "Daniel" (as he introduced himself to her) at a party turned into much more as he took her hand in his, lifted it to his face, and gently sniffed across her wrist. In an exchange that begs to be read more than once, Candra melted from his touch as he said, "I think I will call you 'my Candra' from now on." Stalker-esque perhaps, as Candra herself tells him, but in that one line I could sense that "Daniel" came from another time, another era when possession and love were one in the same. He hastily left the party, but I hoped he would be back for more. Luckily, I wasn't disappointed!

Overall, I found Ember to be a delightful story that blended angels and battles with modern life in a surprisingly realistic way. The only issue I had with the book was the opening. (Keep in mind, I was reading it on vacation at the beach, but I had to go back twice to re-read because I felt like I missed something.) But I quickly moved past that and into the heart of the book where I fell into Carol's easy rhythm of smooth writing. And the ending - well, I think I've read and re-read it three times now! So keep writing, Carol. I'd love to spend more time with Candra, Sebastian, and even Draven, someday soon.

Now for the good stuff...

GIVEAWAYS! In order to enter into the giveaways, you must comment on this blog post and any others you'd like to visit during the tour. Make sure you get your comments in before 5 PM EDT on September 21st, as the contests will be closed at that time.


Six random blogs on the tour will be giving away an ebook copy of EMBER. Make sure you comment with your email to be entered into the giveaway.  Good luck!
RUNNER UP PRIZE: An EMBER canvas tote and print copy of EMBER.  
GRAND PRIZE: A silver butterfly necklace, an EMBER canvas tote, and an ebook of EMBER. To enter into the GRAND PRIZE and RUNNER UP PRIZE giveaways, you must comment on ALL blog posts with your email during the tour. (A list of all participating blogs can be found here at YA Bound.)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Blog Tour Tomorrow

Thanks so much for visiting today, but you have to come back tomorrow for the good stuff...

Tomorrow I am the stop on the Ember Blog Tour hosted by the lovely ladies at YA Bound. I will post my review of Carol Oates' book, but that's not all. Six of the blogs on the tour will be randomly selected to give away an ebook copy of Ember - so comment anytime on my post tomorrow and include your email address. If my blog is chosen, one of my readers will be a lucky winner!

See you back here tomorrow -