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Dark Genesis is a new YA paranormal fantasy from the creator of the Hunters of the Dark series.  You can get your copy of Dark Genesis now for FREE by filling out the Rafflecopter below.  Everyone who enters also has a chance to win a $40 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble – it’s your choice!! This is an international contest and everyone who enters can choose their e-format of choice to receive their copy of Dark Genesis for free from Smashwords! And did I mention the $40 gift card?!

Alyssa opened her eyes to darkness. And in the first flash of light provided by a gathering storm, she could make out a ring of bodies surrounding her.

With no memory of who she is, Alyssa stumbles into a dark world populated by witches. The witches are powerful, and demonstrate frightening powers, but even more terrifying are the monsters who rule over the land. Vampires, werewolves and other awful creatures of the night have taken over, forcing the witches behind stone walls, afraid to venture outdoors. But Alyssa finds that as she kills certain monsters, memories return to her, memories of a life on Earth, and the boy she left behind.

The quest to collect her memories and piece together the puzzle of what has happened to her is a daunting one, with betrayals and sacrifices every step of the way. But Alyssa is determined to fight for a world that is not her own, destroying powerful monsters along the way, so that she can return home to the boy she is coming to love through the memories she recollects.

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Blog Tour Review: Stitch by Samantha Durante

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Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.


I get so happy when a book manages to surprise me and forces me to keep reading it till the end. This is that kind of book that it will immerse you into its world and will have you turning pages quickly.

This is me while reading the book, 

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I was following Alyssa’s journey to understand why she was the only one seeing a ghost in her room and suddenly BAM! There is a twist and the whole story suddenly changes and goes from paranormal to dystopian.  I like when authors give me the unexpected. I know that I’m being vague but I don’t want to spoil the book for you. Read it fast so we can discuss it. It will blow your mind, take my word. 
Samantha is a great story-teller. She gives you what is required and keeps you guessing. This book is extremely entertaining. It has some sci-fi aspect to it too which I found really intriguing. I’m not much into it so that’s saying a lot. The beginning is a little slow but after the revelation everything just becomes so clear. It’s like a fog is lifted and I had this “Oh” moment where I understood certain things that didn’t make sense to me before. I like how the author tied up all the loose ends.

I think the concept is really original and interesting. The romance is sweet but I would have liked more scenes of Alessa and Issac together. More conversations, perhaps. But the plot is the main hero of the book. I liked what I saw of Jo and Janie was just amazing. There were moments when I didn’t understand Alessa’s reaction to certain things but she has been through a lot so I’m trying not be too hard on her. 

I’m excited about the next book. It will be hard task for the author to live up to this one and surprise me again. If you want to read something new and different. Give this book a try. 🙂
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Farsighted Series Book Highlight + Giveaway!

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.

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About The Author
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.

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Eternal by Kristi Cook :Cover Reveal + Giveaway!


In the final book of the Winterhaven trilogy, Violet McKenna and her friends find themselves right in the middle of a vampire war. The stakes have been raised, the danger unavoidable now. As the Warriors’ senior year draws to a close, not everyone makes it out alive. Who will be left standing at the end of it all? Will Aidan be a part of Violet’s future, or is he just a specter of the past?

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YA author Kristi Cook is a transplanted southern gal who lives in New York City with her husband and two kids. Her YA debut, HAVEN, was released in Feb. 2011 by Simon Pulse.


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Cover Reveal: Blurred (Kissed by Death #2) + Giveaway!

Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.
Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.

The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?

About The Author
Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers​. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North  Carolina where they have at least three stoplights

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Blog Tour Review: Down to You (The Bad Boys #1) + Giveaway!

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Author: M. Leighton

The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins. 

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together. 

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?


Down to you is sexy and steamy. It’s really going to leave you breathless and begging for more. I don’t read this genre often but I’ve been hearing great things about it from everywhere and I’m not disappointed. I read it in one day and thankfully the cliffhanger was not completely evil, so my heart is at peace. Now I just need the second book.

Olivia is a young college girl who has been with too many bad boys and all it gave her was a broken  heart so she is trying to stay away from them. Enters Cash, irresistible, charming, dangerous AND Nash, sweet, caring and kind. Olivia finds herself in this dilemma and just can’t choose between the two of them and then there is this mystery which will make you gasp. I was suspicious about it from the beginning but then I let it go and it turns out I WAS RIGHT! See, I’m going to trust my instincts from now on. 

“And most of the wreckage revolves around two guys. Two guys that, for totally different reasons, are tearing me up inside. Two guys I want. Two guys I can’t have. Two guys I can’t stop thinking about.” 

There are things about Olivia’s character that I have a problem with. Like how she didn’t know which brother she was having sex with and that doesn’t make her stop, she is like ah…they are both hot so it doesn’t matter. To be honest, they are extremely hot and it created a hilarious situation but still, it was wrong.

Also, she was juggling between two guys and has no right to question Cash about lies and secrets. I don’t like double standards, honey. Though we sometimes see Olivia’s confident and fun side too, which I liked very much. Wish she stayed that way for the whole book.

“Where did you get that dress?
I stole it from a homeless person,” I say straight-faced. “She was lying right beside the stripper that gave you yours.”

Cash and Olivia do share a great chemistry. Their conversations were cute and made me smile. Cash is totally swoon worthy and made me feel all hot and bothered. He is just plain awesome and manages to be a good bad boy. Did I mention that he is very hot and sexy? Because he is. Very Hawt.

“But you don’t get social with your employees,” I remind him quietly. “I’d made an exception for you.” His face is getting close and closer. Slowly. A centimetre at a time.“But it’s your rule.”“I’ll break it for you,” he whispers.“No, don’t do that,” I say breathlessly. “Fine, then you’re fired,” he says just as his lips meet mine.” 

I loved Ginger. She was awesome, Everyone needs a friend like that. It’s entertaining, fun and a sizzling book that will keep you turning pages. Read it and I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Up To Me (The bad boys #2)
Published January 6th 2013

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Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna’s new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can’t know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical,  Uses for Boys  is a story of breaking down and growing up.
3.5 stars


I’m having a hard time putting my feelings for this book into words. It was not an easy read. It’s sad, depressing and leaves you feeling helpless. It takes you through a dark tunnel and for a long time there was no light, no hope. But it’s engaging and captivating. I know that some girls will be able to relate to it and it may help them. The cover actually fooled me, I thought it was going to be a light, fluffy read. It was not what I was expecting.

Anna is a girl that we don’t like to talk about. A girl who had a tough life, who was abandoned by her father, whose mother didn’t take care of her. Anna is a girl who made wrong decisions, who believed love and sex to be the same, who never accepted reality and what it brought. And us not talking, maybe that’s the problem. Loneliness is a demon and that’s the worse there is. People need each other and love. No child should grow up without love. Anna would go to boys looking for affection because she didn’t find it at home. It makes sense. But not all boys she went to, were good or right for her. Sometimes the boys used her, she is filling a void but she is still alone.

I wanted to talk to her, to tell her things to help her because she was alone and the world is not an easy place. I was angry at her mother, yes, I see that she was going through her own issues but then she is still a mom and she should have been there for her daughter. I’m furious at Todd and the fact that Anna never talked about it to anyone. It also bothers me that he can just walk on with his life after doing something like that. I’m confused because I don’t understand what Toy brought to the story. I’m happy that she found Sam and I’m hopeful for her future. See the amount of things this book made me feel. 

This book is not for everyone. The writing style, while I liked it, I just feel that it wasn’t right for the book. I had a hard time accepting certain things but the characters are realistic and her story is gritty and honest. I am not very happy with the ending and there were times when I wasn’t sure what was the point of the whole book. I saw things but there is a lack of depth and I couldn’t feel sympathy for Anna. So my feelings are a little mixed but I think you should give it a try.

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Sam’s house is everything I wanted, but didn’t know to want.

“I’m home,” he calls, pushing open the heavy wooden door with me close behind. Past him, worn hardwood floors stretch through archways into a patchwork of deeply colored rags. The house thrums with the smell of roasting meat, the murmur of voices, rustling movement. There are thick curtains in muted patterns draping the windows and sheltering Sam’s family from the city outside. 

I want to wrap myself in this house like a blanket.

Instinctively I take Sam’s hand and then, just as quickly, I drop it. He keeps walking and I’m still in the entry, fixed in front of a wall of framed family pictures. Dozens of them: here is Sam and a similarly featured little sister; a solemn and masculine brother; and the mother, casual, relaxed and happy. Here is a bookish bearded father. Black-and-white. Color. The house is warm and I feel flushed. This home pulses with their shared life. I don’t belong here. I turn to leave, but Sam puts his hand against my back.

When Erica was a kid all she did was write. She dropped out of high school and attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where she was surrounded by writers and artists.
But then, in Erica’s early twenties, she got a job. She worked hard at that job for 15 years and didn’t write a word.
Then this happened: Erica walked into a bookstore and bought two books by Francesca Lia Block. No particular reason, she just liked their covers. Then Erica read everything Francesca wrote. She read all the YA she could. She still does. Erica think’s the world that happens between 13 and 17 is everything.
She quit her job. Studied writing. And then spent three and a half years writing Uses for Boys. Now she’s working on a new novel and it’s like falling down a hole. Writing her first novel taught her nothing about writing the next one.


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Also, I have an extra copy of Rapture by Lauren Kate. The publishers like me too much and sent me two copies. Ha! So I will be giving one away. Just leave me a comment and I will select a random winner. The copy is a little bruised on the outside. (not my fault it came that way) I am willing to post internationally, but you have to review it somewhere. Thanks for all your support. Both the giveaways will end on 8th. 🙂

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Three Things Vampires Don’t Want You To Know
Guest Post by Helen Keeble

Vampires aren’t real. If they were, they couldn’t stay hidden for long, right? Thanks to the endless books, films, and TV shows filled with vampiric lore, we all know how to recognise a bloodsucker. And we all know their weaknesses – sunlight, beheading, fire, stakes, athletic teenage girls, holy water, garlic…
Or maybe that’s just what the vampires want you to think are their weaknesses.
Delve a little deeper into traditional vampiric folklore, and there are a lot of weird things that don’t appear in our modern vampire fiction. Things that maybe the vampires want to keep quiet…

1) They’re just like unicorns

No, not because vampires are also beautiful and sparkly. Because, like unicorns, vampires are terrified of virgins. In fact, while unicorns are irresistibly drawn to virgins, according to Romanian folklore virgins are irresistibly drawn to vampires.
Actually, this is true in a lot of paranormal romances too, now that I come to think of it.
Anyway, all you have to do is stick a virgin on a white (or possibly black – sources vary) horse, and they’ll be able to lead you straight to the grave of the nearest vampire. And if you use a woman older than 25, she’ll even be able to kill the vampire for you as well. Just get her to whip the vampire’s grave with a hazel twig, and the bloodsucker will never be able to rise again.
Basically, older female virgins are homing missiles of mass vampire destruction. No wonder literature is full of vampires desperately trying to romance young girls. They have to neutralize them!

2) They float

“Big deal,” I hear you say, rolling your eyes. “Ducks float. Boats float. What’s so special about vampires floating?”
Because, according to our friend Romanian folklore again, vampires always float. They literally can’t sink.
Folklore boringly suggests using this trait to determine if someone is a vampire by tossing them in a river, but just think of the many other uses for this peculiar property…
“This is the captain speaking. Unfortunately we have hit an iceberg and water is now pouring through the hull, but there is no need to be alarmed! The vampires strapped under the Titanic’s hull make this ship literally unsinkable. While we repair the hole, please enjoy complimentary cocktails on the aft deck, and ignore the muffled screams of the tormented undead underneath your feet.”
Vampires would definitely want to keep this one quiet. No bloodsucker wants to spend eternity stuffed under an airplane chair as an emergency flotation device.

3) You’re probably always carrying the means to defeat one

Check your pockets or purse. Got some spare change? Maybe a half-eaten packet of breath mints? A tissue?
Congratulations! You can stop a charging vampire in his tracks.
All you have to do is fling a handful of small objects at him, and he’ll be compelled to stop in order to count them all. No, really. The technical term for this behaviour is arithmomania, and it crops up everywhere in vampire folklore, all around the globe.   Poland, Romania, China, India, pretty much everywhere has legends about obsessive-compulsive vampires. Though curiously, it seems to have fallen out of favour in modern vampire fiction.
Apart, of course, from one famous case:
There you go. Incontrovertible proof that Sesame Street is written by vampire hunters, who are determined to make sure children everywhere know vampires’ real weakness.
And now you do too.

P.S. Yes, I really do use one of these pieces of vampire folklore in my novel FANG GIRL. And no, I’m not going to tell you which one…

Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene’s Undead Social Life Before It Can Even Begin:
1) A twelve-year-old brother who’s convinced she’s a zombie.
2) Parents who are begging her to turn them into vampires.
3) The pet goldfish she accidentally turns instead.
4) Weird superpowers that let her rip the heads off of every other vampire she meets.(Sounds cool, but it doesn’t win you many friends.)
5) A psychotic vampire creator who’s using her to carry out a plan for world domination.
And finally:
6) A seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake her or make out with her. Not sure which.

Being an undead, eternally pasty fifteen-year-old isn’t quite the sexy, brooding, angst-fest Jane always imagined….


Helen Keeble is not, and never has been, a vampire. She has however been a teenager. She grew up partly in America and partly in England, which has left her with an unidentifiable accent and a fondness for peanut butter crackers washed   down with a nice cup of tea. She now lives in West Sussex, England, with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a variable number of fish. To the best of her knowledge, none of the fish are undead.

Her first novel, a YA vampire comedy called FANG GIRL, is out 11th Sept 2012, from HarperTeen. She also has another YA paranormal comedy novel (provisionally titled NO ANGEL) scheduled for Sept 2013.


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Top Ten People You Wouldn’t Invite to a Birthday Party
by Daphne Benedis-Grab

10- The creepy guy who lives on the fourth floor of our building and always tells me my hair smells good, even when it hasn’t been washed for like 3 days.  What is he doing smelling my hair anyway? 

9- Anyone who hogs the karaoke play list- especially if they go on a Lady Gaga kick because my vocals are not up to the challenge of her music.

8- My cousin Ray who never knows when the party is over and it’s time to go home- there are few things worse than that person hanging out on your sofa telling bad jokes when all you want to do is a quick clean up and head to bed. 

7- Anyone who bites (I’ve been to one too many toddler parties lately but I still think this is a good guideline).

6- Reverend Shaw Moore from Footloose (maybe at the end when he doesn’t stand in the way of the dance but before that, when he bans dancing, he is off the list)

5- Anyone mean because that is just not celebratory or fun.

4- My yoga teacher who is an intense vegan, very anti-sugar and whose presence would make it impossible to enjoy a second slice of cake.  She can come after the food part though.

3- Anyone who is going to insist on the birthday song where you have to own up to your age- that stopped being fun somewhere around 28.

2- The guy who flashed me this summer when I was on a walk at the beach- no one needs to see that, especially at a birthday party (unless it’s a Dick in a Box kind of situation because that is funny, not gross). 

1- Anyone who is going to take the party hostage- please see THE GIRL IN THE WALL for all the ways that this totally ruins a party.  

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Ariel’s birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family’s east coast estate, and all of Ariel’s elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who’s dreading the party is Sera, Ariel’s former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.

They have no idea just how right they are.

Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel’s father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.

Daphne Benedis-Grab is the author of two novels for teenagers, Alive and Well in Prague New York (HarperCollins 2008) and The Girl in the Wall (Merit Press, to be released December 18, 2012).  Alive and Well in Prague, New York was praised by Booklist for its “strong, clear voice and heartbreaking vulnerability”and by Kirkus for its “excellent narrative voice and touching emotional connection”.  It was selected as one of Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of 2008.  Daphne has also ghostwritten a teen novel for Sourcebooks and reviewed children’s books for Publishers Weekly.  She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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