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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A Tidewater girl born and bred, Regan Claire’s first friend and love was the Atlantic. Growing up being told the legends about Pirates and American Natives common in coastal VA and NC, coupled with being an only child, did wonders for her imagination; Regan had one foot in fantasy-land ever since, a trait her dear husband heroically endures (and one she secretly hopes her daughters have inherited). Her family moved inland to Nashville while she was entering tweenhood and not a day went by that she didn’t miss her childhood playmate and her crashing waves. Nashville has her perks though, namely the love of Regan’s life and their two sweet girls. Their insane mutt-dog and the stray cat that refuses to leave their porch aren’t too bad either. Regan loves fairytales A LOT, teen movies (preferably with dancing or singing), reads entirely too much, and is constantly late.                                                                                                                                                               

Review: 17 first kisses + Giveaway!

Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club
 

No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.Until Claire meets Luke.But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.

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This book did really surprise me. I mean it looks like a typical YA summer romance but it is so much more than that. The book talks about relationships and all its complexities. It deals with serious issues like depression, death, cheating, dealing with pain and whatnot. It is realistic and I like how Claire’s family dynamics are described. 
 
All the characters are very well developed even the secondary ones and they all have a purpose. What I really liked was that not all of them are particularly like able. They have flaws and that makes the book stand out among the others in this genre.
 
There is a bit of slut-shaming in the book and it may get some people annoyed but really I felt that it was realistic. Teenagers were behaving how teenagers behave. They are not pretentious or too good to be true. Thank God! I’m done with High School and all its drama.
 
Claire is a complex character. You feel her pain and sympathize with her situation. You feel proud of her for being such a wonderful sister and daughter but then she makes some stupid choices and it gets you annoyed. Though, her character shows growth in the end and that’s all I ever ask for. 
 
This book had me in dilemma. I was never this unsure about my feelings before. I still am not sure how I feel about Megan and her friendship with Claire. But even when I was shaking my head at things they were doing. I still enjoyed the book. Their friendship is NOT perfect, not even close but somehow they make sense. Let’s leave it at that. Its difficult writing flawed characters but the writer pulls it off effortlessly. Kudos to her! 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA where she’s working furiously on her PhD in neuroscience. When she’s not doing science or writing YA, you can find her chasing after her toddler and her two sled dogs. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses…luckily she doesn’t kiss and tell.

Gone: Book Highlight + Giveaway!

Title: Gone
Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Mature YA (intended for readers ages 16-19)
Publication: July 28th, 2014
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Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever.

When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change forever, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart?

Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again.

 
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Walking down the lane from the pub I decide to take a detour to the beach. The light is fading but the glimmer of light from the sun setting on the horizon is just enough that I can make my way down the path without landing on my face.

I spend a lot of time on the beach at night. This isn’t like the beach in Newquay which is filled with drunks attempting to get it on under the cover of darkness. Our quiet beach in St Agnes is perfect for a solitary ten minutes. If I go home now I know Aunt May will be twitching around me like she has the last half a year, ever since my life ended at the end of one drunken night. She doesn’t know what to say to help my get out of the ‘phase’ I’m going through. Six months in, I think we can rule out the chance of it being a phase. This is just me. I’m a guy without a plan. Aunt May tries, but having her wandering around wringing her hands, asking me every three minutes if I’m hungry and need some food is not a relaxing way to spend an evening.

I don’t know what people want. Do they expect that one day I will wake up and suddenly be over the fact that I carelessly lost my girlfriend one night?

As I walk down onto the beach I keep thinking of Faye’s words. “Bridge Cottage.” “Painting.” “Mum and Dad.” They hammer inside my head.

I know everyone is waiting for me, for some resolution. They want to know that I’ve let go of the past, and that if I can do it, they all can too. But I can’t. I want them to, but I can’t do it myself. I can’t even acknowledge to myself what happened. I can’t even think about it or let the thought enter my mind.

 Small steps, that’s what a counselor told me a few months ago. “Just take small steps, Josh, and everything will work out.” Today I have picked up a paint brush and drunk a pint of cider. That’s got to be two small steps in the right direction. I’m not sure what direction those things are taking me in, but it’s heading somewhere at least.

As I tread over the dark sand I can see someone sitting on my rock. That’s just plain rude. Everyone knows it’s mine.

Edging myself closer, I slip off my flip flops and sink my toes into the cool sand as I walk down the beach and try to get close enough to investigate without being seen.

It’s her.

My feet come to a grinding halt.

I want to move in the opposite direction but my damn legs won’t listen. Instead I stand there, looming behind her on the sand, like an axe murderer.

“I can see your silhouette in the sand.”

Busted.

“What are you doing?” On my rock?

“Thinking. What are you doing?”

“Thinking too.”

“That’s nice.

“Yes it is.”

I stand there like an idiot working out what to say next. “Nice bangles.”

Thanks. They make me walk like a percusssion instrument.

“Why so many?”

“None of your business, dreadlock boy.”

“Well you’re a charmer aren’t you?”

“I was sitting here first. You’re the one with the stalking, stealth-like sand walk.”

“It’s my rock.” It’s my rock? It’s my rock? Really. . .?

She does not say anything. Let’s be realistic there is not much to say to that comment. She just sits there looking out to the sea, and I stand there my feet sunk into the cool sand.

“I like your dreadlocks,” she says after an age has passed.

“Thanks. They’re a lifestyle choice.”

She turns to look at me and for a moment, just one brief moment my mind swirls with colours. The make-up is gone and the waning sun illuminates her skin. She look different. So different. A better different.

I should walk away. I don’t talk to holiday makers unless I’m taking their money in the shop.

I don’t.

Instead I fold my legs and sit on the sand, my fingers automatically picking up a splinter of driftwood as I cast my eyes up at the sun and then I start to draw.

“So do you have a name girl with the bangles?” I’m trying to remember what the young girl who was with her in the shop called her yesterday. Becca? Something like that?”

Turning to me with a frown on her face she bites her lower lip. Jeez, I only asked her name.

The frown and the angry glare instantly make me recall her name. “Bex.” I answer for her. The frown deepens.

“No one calls me that, only my sister.”

“Well I don’t know what else to call you?” I prompt. Her feistiness is rather amusing, it’s actually doing a good job of distracting me from the usual shit I try to keep out of my head.

Her top lip curls a little in distaste at my goading. She really doesn’t want to tell me her name. Who doesn’t want people to know their name? My eyes flick over her with a little more interest. She is rather pretty. Hot, Dan would call it. But I would go with pretty. Pretty is a more delicate sounding word, easy to pair with the freckles and flame hair.

Oh good god. I’ve realized what I am doing? I’m looking at another girl. I try and turn myself away from her a little. She must register the motion because she speaks, her voice low like she is sharing a secret.

“Rebecca.” She clears her throat. “My name is Rebecca.”

Something about her low tone makes me cast my eyes back over her. Well not exactly willingly, my eyes just won’t damn behave themselves and head straight back to the smooth sunlit skin.

She looks nervous, her fingers brushing over her overload of bangles.

“Does Rebecca have a second name?” My feet do this bizarre thing where they scoot over the sand towards her toes.

“No.”

“What no surname? So you are Rebecca No Name?”

She scowls further. “Yes. I am Rebecca No Name.”

Her tone and the death stare she lays on me make me do something I am not expecting in the least. I laugh. Fucking loud. I laugh like I never stopped.

“Well Rebecca No Name. I am Joshua Adams, it’s a pleasure to meet you and your bangles.”

I lean forward and shake her hand my fingers grazing against hers, sand rolls between our connected skin.

Rebecca No Name digs her toes into the sand, burying them deep. “Walters. It’s Rebecca Walters.”

“Bex Walters, now that has a nice ring to it.”

“It’s Rebecca Walters.” She spits her name out like it burns her lips to say it.

“Okay, okay.”

“So Rebecca Walters where are you on holiday from?”

“Nowhere.”

Seriously. It’s like talking to a wall. I don’t even know why I am still sitting here. This makes an evening with Aunt May look like a social highlight.

I get up and start to brush the sand from my legs.

The girl with attitude stares up at me from the ground and I hesitate. “London. I come from London, and I’m not on holiday. My family have moved into Bridge Cottage.”

Just like that the air gushes out of my lungs. The girl with the attitude and the wrong clothes and the frown lives in the house that I was fully expecting to move into one day. The cottage I expected to grow old in.

I sit back on the sand with a bump.

“I am leaving though, in two weeks.” Her gaze is on the sea as she speaks. “Two weeks. I’ve just got to get through two weeks.” She repeats almost to herself.

Two weeks of what?

“Who are you running from?”

Rebecca, Bex, the girl with the attitude turns to me, her eyes hidden in the shadows of the dipping sun. “Myself.”
And that I just don’t know how to answer, so I don’t. I pick my stick back up and start to draw some more.

 

Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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Happy Diwali Giveaway! (INT)

It’s Diwali time and I wish all of you happiness and prosperity in your lives. Diwali is a festival of lights, of removing the darkness from both inside and around us. Its also a festival that celebrates knowledge and learning. And books are the best gifts to give, right?  

Also, this giveaway is an apology for not being regular with my posts. Sorry about that, its just that I’ve been terribly busy with college. 

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Sizzling Summer Giveaway: Guest Post by P.T. Michelle

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the Sizzling Summer Giveaway hosted by YABound. I’m hosting author P.T. Michelle on my blog today. She is here with an excerpt from her book Ethan. 

                             ETHAN (BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS Prequel)
Ethan Harris never thought monsters and darkness would consume his daily thoughts, but every night the same visions repeat in his dreams. He’s careful to project a semblance of normalcy, keeping the suffocating darkness locked inside. As much as he wishes he could focus on girls, sports, and cars like other seventeen-year-olds, nothing distracts him from his own demons or shines through.

Until Nara Collins crosses his path. The blonde fascinates and intrigues him, giving him a measure of peace he’s never felt before.

When Ethan discovers there’s more to Nara than she allows others to see, that she might have a unique secret of her own, suddenly his world comes into focus.
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ABOUT P.T. MICHELLE


P.T. Michelle is author of the young adult series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.


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Blog Tour Review: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on Dirty Little Secret Blog Tour organized by Shane@IFB Blog Tours. See schedule here.
Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again

REVIEW

Bailey and her sister Julie were a team. They spent their childhood, singing and doing gigs so that one day somebody would discover their talent and they would get their big break. But things didn’t go entirely as planned. Julie got signed but the music execs didn’t want Bailey. They told her parents that Bailey needs to disappear and not be in the music scene anymore for the sake of Julie as nobody would like the story of a star who left her sister behind for fame. 

But what sucks is that Bailey’s parents agree to that and end Bailey’s music career. What kind of parents do that? It made no sense to me. They really messed up and I don’t think I would have been able to forgive them.
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I was furious with everyone for treating Bailey the way they did. Her parents, for trampling her dreams, her sister, for not fighting for her, Sam, for just being well, him, Charlotte, for being a pain and Toby, for just being a perv. They all need a long lecture from me. 

I really liked Bailey. I could feel her pain, sadness and anger. She is as real as you and me, she has flaws, she gets jealous about her sister’s success, she is bitter at times and she still craves her parents approval, even after all they have done. She is so talented and I really wish we could have read one of her songs. I liked that in the end, she stood by her sister. That made me respect her more. 

What do I say about Sam? I know a lot of people would not like him and so the book won’t work for them. But I never not liked him. He acts like douche and there are no two ways about it. But he also has a good side, a charm that pulls you to him. Like, when he donated the money to the church. He has an alcoholic father and he went through something that ended up changing him and his perspective about relationships, which isn’t very convincing but enough for me to cut him some slack. 

He is always honest to Bailey, about his passion for music and his drive to make his band get a music deal, no matter at what cost. Yes, that’s his flaw. His ambition makes him selfish and a jerk but I couldn’t hate him for it. It made me want to punch him but not hate him. Confusing, huh? Let’s just say he is a complex character that you can’t fully understand. He is just so real and unapologetic about the way he is. I liked that about him also his double meaning lines were cute. 


I loved the scenes between Bailey and Sam. They together made me smile and go through so many emotions. They “get” each other. They are so honest to each other, holding nothing back, it’s their strength and maybe their weakness too. 



“Deana Carter sings about it. Lady Antebellum sings about it. Eric Church. Gosh, not just country artists. Katy Perry. Everybody has a song about it because everybody’s been through it. You find that person at eighteen and you lose yourself. And the tragedy is, it’s the person who’s completely opposed to everything you’ve ever wanted. You bond with that person, and that person breaks your heart. I’m that tragedy for you, and you’re mine.” 

The book has strong emotions and makes you feel with the characters. The story mostly is about Bailey and Sam and all other are just around, not doing much. I would like to give a shout-out to Ace for being just plain awesome.

It’s an enjoyable book. I don’t know much about country music but I had fun learning about this genre.  The gigs, the songs, the story behind the lyrics, the mood of the book is amazing. Like a great country song that you wish would go on and on. 

It has a rocky start but once you get into it there is no looking back. It’s different than typical YA books you might have read. Jennifer Echols is an amazing writer.  She creates such complex, flawed, layered and real characters. I totally loved the writing.

“If you’re putting that energy into performance,” he said, “you’re also getting it back out again, right? You’re giving so you can receive.” He spread his arms wide. “If you were writing songs with it, you’d be holed up in your room in the middle of the night, scribbling them in a notebook and feeling self-important. You’d think you were getting it out, but really you’d be keeping it inside and quiet. You’d take what upset you and turn it into art, and now it would fester, because you think other people ought to share your outrage at what happened to you.” 


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Cover Reveal: Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott + Giveaway!

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own. 
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
Victoria Scott’s breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go
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Review: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend + Giveaway! (North America only)

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around…

…but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all…the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

REVIEW:

It’s weird. I’m disappointed when I look in the mirror but it’s not because I don’t like what I see. I mean, I don’t, but that’s not what bugs me. What bugs me is that what I see in the mirror doesn’t match what I see in my head. In my head, I’m prettier than I am in real life, so when I look in the mirror and see what I see, I feel let down. And also a little crazy.


Rose isn’t crazy about how she looks. She made the website for her father but it turns out that her mother doesn’t approve of it and wants her to shut it down, her brother who was supposed to be there for her, is in college doing drugs. What about her friends? Holly has transformed from a caterpillar to a butterfly over the summer and Tracy has started a fashion blog which has become popular overnight. But Rose is still the same. Still trying to find her place. And, Jamie you ask, well he like always, is mysterious and closed off. One moment he is telling her to stay away and the next he is kissing her. So yeah, there’s that. 
As you see, Rose is knee-deep into problems. I was scared for her, I was angry at people for  being too hard on her. I just wanted to protect her. She is still grieving over her dad’s death, over all the changes that happened in her life. All of it can make anyone go crazy.

Rose is not a perfect character, she has flaws, sometimes you will hate her because she tends to say the wrong things and is still dealing with her anger issues. She is also awkward and then there is High School drama. How thankful am I to be done with that? But the thing about Rose is, that she is self aware.


‘”His life sucks right now,” Jamie says.“Yeah, well, so does mine,” I answer.“No shit,” Jamie says, making it completely clear that he doesn’t understand my lack of compassion.I don’t either, to be honest.


She tries to be a better person and that’s not always easy. The right thing is not always that obvious. It can sometimes lead you into a bigger mess. She doesn’t like interfering in other people’s life but she ends up getting tangled in their problems and that’s because she has a good heart and wants to help.

Sometimes people help each other, and get messed up in each other’s business; sometimes we stay out of it and let people find the way themselves. It’s always right to offer help, but not all help is right.


Everybody around Rose is going through something, they are all fighting their own problems and nobody is really the bad guy. It’s just the situation which sucks. I was on Rose’s side all along but I could understand everyone else’s perspective too. 

I think the author has done a great job with the book. It’s better than the first one. It’s more emotional and there is more depth to the characters. I hated Regina in the first book but in this one all I saw her vulnerable side and it makes sense why she is the way she is.

The romance, it’s really sweet but with Jamie comes a lot of uncertainty because you just don’t know what’s going in that boy’s mind. He is great. He cares about people, is loyal and has his heart in the right place but he needs to not be so confusing. It’s great that he helps others out but if he loves Rose, he needs to show it.

In the end, it was Rose’s journey to find herself and accept who she is. I’m so happy and feel like a proud parent, you know, when she finally realizes that if Jamie isn’t going to give  her a chance, it’s his loss. 
Wonderful book and I definitely recommend the series. 

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Of Silver and Beasts: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Author: Trisha Wolfe 
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena. 

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older

 

REVIEW:

Trisha Wolfe has a talent for storytelling and creating highly imaginative world. This time it’s mostly dark with magic, action, violence, blood, mercury, goddesses and so much more. I really like Trisha Wolfe’s writing. I’ve read two books by her and both have been equally amazing. I’m so glad that I signed up for the street team because how else were I to discover such a great author and get to read her books before everyone else.


The world building is great. It feels like you are reading some great mythology but it’s all original creation. The world is so vivid, detailed and intricate that I believed it to be real.  That’s what makes a great fantasy novel. The power to make you believe in it’s reality. Cavan is a queendom, a matriarchal society. I haven’t read any book which explored such a culture. So that’s definitely new and the feminist in me loved it. I seriously think that women make better leaders. 

Nactue Guard is a group of women who are to protect the Empress. Kaliope is made the leader of the group but shortly afterwards, the Empress makes her charge of Prince Caben’s safety who is the only living heir to their neighboring kingdom. He appears spoilt and proud at first testing Kaliope’s patience but when Cavan is attacked by the other-worlders and they are abducted and taken below to a realm to fight for survival they form an alliance and connection.

Kaliope is brave, strong and tough. She cares for her friends and family. She believes the mercury running in her veins is a curse and tries to hide it from everyone. She builds a wall around herself and focuses only on her duties. She is fiercely loyal to the Empress and goddess. Kaliope is bad-ass and I love this in a heroine.
Caben is perfect. He is loyal, strong, clever and so sweet. I loved his smile. It made me want to smile too. He wants to escape to protect his Kingdom but he also cares about the people he loves and will go to any lengths to protect them. 
The romance is slow, sweet and seductive. It’s steamy and swoon-worthy. Wolfe sure writes great romantic scenes. It’s so natural and right but it does not take over the entire plot. 

The pace of the book is great. It’s a read-in-one-sitting kinda book. So many unexpected things keep happening that you will keep turning pages. It will make you hold your breath and sometimes sigh in relief because seriously anything can happen. I hated the ending though in a way that I loved it. It’s brutal and made me so angry and I want the next book so bad. The book is dark, there is a dystopian feel to it. There is violence and death. I recommend it to older teens. Fans of fantasy will love it. MUST READ!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY’S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE’S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013. She’s the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out her website for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter and like her Facebook page for updates.  

Cover Reveal: The Avery Shaw Experiment + Giveaway!

I’m sorry that I’ve not been posting. I’m just crazy busy with assignments and papers. Please, bear with me for a few days and then I’ll be back for good. Anyways, today I have a beautiful cover for you guys. I really love it. It looks all cute, summer and fun. What do you think?

Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Format: ebook
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Release Date: May 2013

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

 TEASER


Grayson finally noticed Aiden and I on the couch. “What are you two dorks doing?”

“Learning about steroids,” I said cheerfully. “You should probably know that using them can cause acne, testicular atrophy, decreased sperm count, prostate enlargement and gynecomastia.”

Grayson looked rightfully appalled. “Gyneco-what-ia?”

“Enlarged breasts in men,” Aiden translated. “So you should lay off the juice before you have to start borrowing Avery’s bras.”

I gasped at the mention of my underwear and whacked Aiden’s shoulder hard.

Behind me, Grayson laughed. I knew he was about to deliver a comeback, but I refused to look at him. Seconds later his breath was warm on my neck. He whispered just low enough that his mother couldn’t hear what he said. “I like my bras colorful and lacey, Aves. Not sure your collection would do it for me.”

Total mortification. Grayson may be as close as family to me, but he was still one of the hottest, most popular guys in our whole school. Him discussing my bras in that low sexy voice that could stop a girl’s heart on the spot made my lungs constrict. Plus, he was right of course. My bras were all of the plain white cotton variety.

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About The Author

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

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