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New Adult Sleepover Weekend is a convention taking place December 6th – 8th featuring some of today’s BEST SELLING New Adult authors, and some upcoming authors that you want to keep on your radar.
The weekend will be filled with parties, a book signing, reader and author dinners, and tons more! Not only do you get to discover some new authors, but you get to know them on a personal level.
Damaris @ Good Choice Reading is co-director of the con, and she has also put together an amazing blog tour to give readers a chance to get to know the authors before the convention. This blog tour will be filled with book highlights, reviews, sneak peeks into the authors books, and tons of giveaways! This tour will run from now until September! Yes, you read correctly. A 5 month tour and at the end of every month a chance to win big!
Some of the giveaways involve Gift Cards, books, and even two registrations to NASW! All donated by the authors. So if you’re thinking about attending, make sure you check out the blog tour, which I am proud to be a tour host for.
This month’s FIRST NASW giveaway is below. You can enter just for checking out this post!
Just keep an eye for the following logos below for your chance to win! You can enter each blog tour stop, not just once.
A Matter of Fate
by Heather Lyons
Fate Series, Book One
Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.
That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.
Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.
While writing A Matter of Fate, I often felt like locations became secondary characters, especially Annar, the secret plane of existence that ties together all the rest in the worlds I created. But while Annar is best explored in your imagination, there are other places in the story that are real that I can share with you. (note: none of these photographs belong to me)
Chloe Lilywhite lives in Northern California, somewhat near San Francisco. I purposely kept the exact city she’s in vague, but it’s on the coast near the woods. Chloe does end up in San Francisco, though. More specifically, she ends up running for her life across the Bay Bridge (which I can attest to is nerve wracking enough to drive across):
While in San Francisco, Chloe stays in a hotel. I never mention which one it is, but I pictured the imposing but gorgeous Fairmont while writing the scenes:
Muir Woods is pretty spot on for where Chloe hangs out with her friend Caleb, and also where kissing takes place (just not with Caleb):
Surfing is a big part of Jonah and Kellan Whitecomb’s lives. Pretty much every time it says they’re going surfing, they head over to Mavericks, a world famous break known for its monster waves:
The beach, in general, plays a big part of A Matter of Fate. Especially in the scene this photo coincidentally (and accurately!) re-enacts:
At one point, a couple of the characters head to a chocolate shop in Annar. This is pretty much what it looked like in my mind! Who wouldn’t want to go here? It’s a chocolate shop!
About the Author
Heather Lyons has been putting stories to paper since she was a little girl. Her first “published” book was a humorous retelling of The Princess and the Pauper. After detours in archaeology and teaching, she is now writing and living in Southern California with her husband and three sons. She likes cupcakes, baseball, hockey, reading, and collecting far too many handbags.
Enter below to win one of (10) e-book copies of A Matter of Fate, open Internationally!
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by Jaime Guerard
Awaken Series, Book One
Expected release date: March 15, 2013
Three things run through my mind at this very moment…
ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.
TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.
THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.
Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality.
Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close.
There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin.
Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny. If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.
A SNEAK PEEK OF AWAKEN
About the Author
Jaime grew up in a small town in Northern California. Having a passion for dance and music, never would she have thought herself to become an author.
In late 2008, a story was born and a writer was developed. Jaime found the pieces of her novel beginning to take form and soon she had a full novel in her hands. Awaken is Jaime’s first published novel. With many features still in the works, this debut novel is just a taste of the action-packed romantic thrillers to come from this aspiring new author.
Jaime is a committed wife and mother of 3, who loves life and doesn’t take anything for granted.
Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and… oh yeah, he’s blind.
Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.
Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.
With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.
Simmi Shergill’s life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township’s sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be helping.
At least she has Alex, the boyfriend who loves her so much he’d do anything for her. Last summer, he even risked his life to protect her from the mysterious boy everyone was convinced wanted to kill her.
Just one problem: she’s not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? Why can’t she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction whenever Dax is around, while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter whom she’d hurt or what she’d risk.
Simmi’s loyalty is on the line. Whom will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with “bad idea” written all over him? Emotions run high in the tension-packed book two of the Farsighted series.
From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has published three novels and three children’s books with plans for many more of each, leads a classics book group with almost five-hundred members, and, of course, runs the whole shebang at Novel Publicity.
The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. While she enjoys all types of novels, her greatest loves are literary fiction and YA. She’s best known for her Farsighted series and is developing a slow but steady following for the Bird Brain Books. She’s eager to see how her women’s fiction novel, Torn Together, will be received by the reading masses.
I will be posting reviews of both books during this tour!
Welcome to my stop on the Interred Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound! Click the banner to check out the rest of the tour schedule!
by Marilyn Almodovar
Chronicles of the Interred Series, Book One
Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.
As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.
To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.
As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.
Interred’s Dream Cast
Baxter Arabella Jacobs
Baxter is headstrong, independent and a scaredy cat. Someone who looks like Monika Jagaciak would actually be a great Baxter.
Declan Ezekiel Ashdown
Declan has been trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years. He looks sixteen and is dressed in Victorian clothes. Ben Barnes was the only actor that I ever thought about while writing Declan’s scenes. He looks great in Victorian clothes.
John “Jack” Elliot Ashdown
Jack is cool and collected most of the time. He doesn’t take too many things seriously, unless something directly affects Baxter. Nicholas Hoult would be an awesome Jack.
Every story needs a villain, right? No one plays villains as well as Hugh Grant.
Baxter’s mom is slightly shady. While writing her scenes, I was slightly frustrated because she was strong, and had secrets that she wouldn’t divulge. I think Cameron Diaz would be an awesome Mara.
Richard “Dickie” Winters, MD
Dickie is fun, loving and a great parent. Alan Tudyk seems like the perfect choice. He just needs to dye his hair ginger!
About the Author
Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.
It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the States. A self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language.
Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.
Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, will be published by Iambe books on 01/22/2013.
The giveaway includes:
- One signed paperback of Interred
- One autographed Interred tote bag
- One onyx pendant inspired by the book
- One angel pin inspired by the book
- Misc. book swag (magnet, wristband, postcard, phone skin)
Today Sweet Southern Home is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, I am posting my favorite Christmas story. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.
Hey yall, I can’t believe Christmas is so freakin close! Down here in Louisiana, there’s not much winter. It’s very common to run the air conditioner during the day, and the heater at night! It hasn’t snowed here in 3 years, but I’m hoping we get some this year now that my son is old enough to know what it is
I have to say, my favorite Christmas story is my favorite when it’s not actually in the form of a book. It IS a book, but much more famous on the stage. Of course, I’m talking about THE NUTCRACKER.
I have loved the ballet ever since I was a little girl. I was one of those girly girls who realllly thought she was a ballerina (sometimes I still do…). To this day, I am still mesmerized when I watch the Sugar Plum Fairy:
And delight in the acrobatics of the Candy Canes:
But of course I love the beauty of the ballet because The Nutcracker is just a GREAT Christmas story. A girl has a fabulous party with her family and friends, gets a beloved toy, and travels to amazing worlds in her dreams–accompanied by a handsome prince! It tells kids that even their wildest dreams can come true through the magic of Christmas–and that is a truly timeless tale.
WinterHaven books will host a give-away for everyone that will include two book bundles to be donated to an elementary school or library of the winner’s choice. The winner will be able to choose two from the following choices:
Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (includes all 3 books)
Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Steifvater (includes all 3 books)
Dairy Queen Trilogy by Catherine Murdock (includes all 3 books)
Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (includes first 3 books)
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Today Sweet Southern Home is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, I am writing Santa a letter for my book wish that I hope to receive this season. To see who else has written to Santa, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.
Hey guys! As a book blogger, I definitely already have MORE than my share of books on the old TBR list. But, even so, there are those series I am enamored with and need to read as soon as they come out. I haven’t yet had the chance to get the book at the top of my wish list yet, and I’m hoping to get it soon… *COUGH* hubby look here! *COUGH*
No one is like Daemon Black.
When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger… and they know it.
IT ALSO HELPS THAT THE GUY IN THE TRAILER LOOKS LIKE THAT. HELLO….
I have also gotten my hubby into the series, so it would really benefit us both if he got me the book!
Leave me a comment and tell me what you hope to find under the tree (bookish or not)…you could win the book you wish for as well!
by Bonnie R. Paulson
Barely Alive Series, Book One
In twelve weeks, seventeen-year-old Paul Ledger will be dead. At least he hopes so.
Paul is trapped in the worst cult the United States has ever seen. Infected with a zombie virus, symptoms culminate in a dead body but thriving mind over a course of twelve weeks. If he doesn’t earn the final death he longs for, he’ll be chained in a basement facility, moaning for human flesh for eternity.
Sent out to kidnap girls for food, toys, or whatever the boss wants, Paul nabs Heather McCain. He’s not a fan of humans as a general rule, but even his graying skin and insatiable hunger for her flesh don’t stop her from reaching out to him. Give him the second chance he doesn’t know he needs.
Overcome by his cravings, Paul bites her delectable skin. Amazingly, she doesn’t develop the zombie-like side effects. When the boss discovers Heather’s immunity, he gives Paul an ultimatum – deliver up Heather and her family to continue the research or watch as Paul’s brother suffers the zombie fate.
Paul has a chance to endure his short zombie existence knowing his brother is safe. But he’ll have to sacrifice Heather to do it.
About the Author
Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.
by Morrie Richfield
MR. BREEZE (the title is inspired by a song by the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd) follows the increasingly amazing experiences of freelance photojournalist Michael Ryan as he hears of stories about a man named Zack, who can seemingly perform inhuman feats that could be called miraculous. Ryan eventually meets Zack and becomes, at Zack’s insistence, Zack’s messenger. Along the way, a dog named Rover, who also possesses otherworldly powers, joins Zack and Ryan in their adventures, which include a remarkable visit to the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, in search of a cure for AIDS.
The secret of who Zack is and why he has chosen Ryan to tell his story to the world forms the surprising and moving climax to the book.
Q. Morrie, I understand your novel Mr. Breeze is unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. What gave you the idea to write such a unique book?
A. Well if you remember 2008 and 2009 were not some of the best times and I saw nothing but horrible and depressing news coming from everywhere. The world seemed to be a very unsettled place and there was very little to be hopeful for. I wondered what our maker would think of all of this if he were to suddenly show up among us. What would he think or our great society and would any of measure up in his eyes. So I sat down on January 1st 2010 and started to type and on October 30th 2010 Mr. Breeze was finished.
Q. I hear talk about Mr. Breeze the film, what do you think about your story being brought to the big screen?
A. I think Mr. Breeze would be a box office success and it would make a fantastic film. It has everything a good movie needs and it would be an original story something that seems to no longer exist in Hollywood.
Q. You have said you are a dreamer. What would happen with Mr. Breeze if your dreams came true?
A. That is an interesting question, well outside of Mr. Breeze winning the Oscar for best picture and being number one on the New York Times best seller list, I would want everyone who reads it to want to and to strive towards being a better person and to be more tolerant of others and to realize we are all in this together.
Q. So the sequel is called Revelation: The return of Mr. Breeze. When is it coming out?
A. It should be out sometime early next year I am just about done writing it.
Q. Can you give us a hint about what happens in the sequel?
A. Well let’s say that it is going to be different from Mr. Breeze in many ways but just like Mr. Breeze there is a message for the reader.
Q. And that message is?
A. You will have to wait until 2013 to know that.
About the Author
Morrie Richfield lives in Pennsylvania with his two sons, his dogs and his cat. He is working on his next novel, and he still dreams that someday the world will be a better place for all of us to live.
His latest book is the inspirational novel, Mr. Breeze.
Visit his website at www.mrbreezethenovel.com.
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Today Sweet Southern Home is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, I am posting my choice of a Winter Book Review. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.
North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus
A Memoir by Candace Jane Kringle
Young Adult Christmas Fiction
MEET SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD CANDYCANE CLAUS.
She’s the most popular girl at North Pole High. Her father is world-famous. And every day is Christmas. What more could any girl want?
BOYS! And the new boy, Rudy Tutti, is hot chocolate. But he hates anything to do with Christmas!
When Candy and Rudy are forced to work together on a school Christmas-tree project, her world is turned upside down: Her grades start to suffer, she loses her taste for ice cream, and now the two North-Star-cross’d teens must contend with her overprotective father — Santa Claus — before Christmas is ruined for EVERYONE!
MY THOUGHTS: 4.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Everyone knows the story of Santa Claus, right? He lives in the North Pole and delivers toys on Christmas Eve. But did you know jolly old Kris Kringle has an entire family, with a wife and 2 kids? This is the story of Candycane Claus, AKA Candace Jane Kringle–who wants to let you know that life as Santa’s daughter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Candycane is a junior at North Pole High, and dates the hottest half elf in town, Tinsel. But her life gets shaken up when the Scroogelike Rudy Tutti moves into town. Rudy and Candy are paired together for a school project, and when her dad finds them getting closer, he puts her on lockdown. But Santa is so concerned about what Candycane is doing, he doesn’t realize what’s going on in his own workshop. Will everything be alright by the time Christmas comes around?
This was a really fun, cute book and got me in the Christmas spirit! You need to have an open mind to get into some of the more fantastical parts, but if you can, it’s pretty funny.
Candycane is definitely a princess and Daddy’s little girl. Yet, she’s not really annoying or mean. She’s somewhat self centered, but I can definitely understand why. She’s popular, pretty, and has the best of everything. She’s also kind of whiny, but every 16 year old is.
What I loved most about this book was the world building. The North Pole is full of fun characters, from Chefy the penguin to Angry the Elf. Candy canes are trees, and dinner and dessert are hard to tell from each other. And also, something which I can’t decide is funny or disgusting: reindeer poop is a chocolaty delicacy.
The romance between Candy and Rudy was kind of predictable, but still fun to watch. They are so totally opposite, but each one changes a little for the other. I think that’s important in any relationship. There were a couple of little twists that made things interesting though.
This book had some laugh out loud moments. It also had some drama, and some action scenes. This was a lighthearted Christmas tale for anyone who wants a change from the old stories we love, but are kind of tired of hearing.
About the Author
As part of the festivities, WinterHaven Books is hosting an international give-away that will include a copy of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (Signed by Levithan and Cohn) and a copy of Let it Snow to four lucky winners. Good luck and happy holidays!