Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cover Contest! Prize Givaway!

Hey everyone! So we've been talking for a while about how we want to host a contest here on The Window Seat and here it is! This is a good chance to maybe find something new to read. We've gone through our book shelves and picked out a few that we've purchased in the past and have copies of. Anyone can enter so long as they follow the rules! This contest will last from the first of February to the first of March! However, because we'll be paying for shipping on prizes ourselves, we're sorry to announce that entries can only be from the US. Sorry :/ Here is what the contest entails:

Contest:

Take a look at the cover we've supplied below and come up with a title. It can be funny, ironic, romantic, whatever, so long as it doesn't contain any swear words and it is not vulgar. I'm really serious about that last one. Vulgarity will not be tolerated. Anywho, this is a cover that I've designed myself and is actually the cover of Jacey's (unfinished) book, Summons. So, yes, it does technically already have a title, and yes, it does already belong to a book, this is just about having fun and seeing what you guys come up with!

Rules:

1.) As mentioned above, NO vulgarity.
2.) You must comment with your cover title in the comments section AND follow our blog. We will be checking to make sure that those of you who win didn't just say you've done these things in rafflecopter and that you actually did.
3.) No making fun of other people's ideas!
4.) No taking someone else's idea. Doubles aren't allowed.
5.) This image belongs to us, so no stealing!

And finally for the best part...

Prizes:

There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner chosen at the end of the contest. Below, we've displayed cover images of the books available for you all to win! There are three packages, the Vampire prize pack, the Werewolf prize pack, and the Romance prize pack. All winners will receive an email from us asking which prize they would like as well as where they would like us to send them. All shipping of prizing is completely FREE.

FIRST PLACE WINNER will have the option of choosing one of the three prize packs. 

SECOND PLACE WINNER will get to choose two books from the two remaining prize packs. That means they can ask for two books from one of the prize packs, so long as it's not the one the first place winner chose.

THIRD PLACE WINNER will get to choose one book from the remaining prize packs.

Vampire Prize Pack:

Werewolf Prize Pack:

Romance Prize Pack:


Alright everyone, without further ado, here is the cover that you need to come up with a title for! Below that is the rafflecopter where you need to enter. The drawing will be done at random by rafflecopter (to help keep things fair) HOWEVER we will be checking to make sure that you've all followed the rules. If you're name pops up and we check and see that you haven't, then we will choose someone else. Good luck everyone!!!





Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Window Wednesday: #2

Hey hey! Hope you guys have been having a good week so far! Mine's been pretty busy (I'm working on a new book! -Tempest). So have you ever read a book where there's a character you just wish were real so that you could hang out with them? That happens to us all the time. Last week our Window question was about characters we wish were real that we could date, this week it's Characters We Wish Were Our Bestfriend.


Tempest:

1.) Puck.
The Iron Fey books by Julie Kagawa.

I loved these books. Ash almost made my list last week :). But out of all the characters, I've always thought Puck would be the coolest to be friends with in real life. Imagine all the things that he's done? The stories he could tell. It would be awesome. Plus, sometimes getting into a little mischief is a must. ;)

2.) Stasia, Carmen, Phoebe, and Willow
Daughters of the Sea Trilogy by Kristen Day.

Ok, so yes, technically this is sort of cheating, having four names down but just labeling it one, but you know what? I make the rules. So there. :P Also, it was just too hard to pick. I love all four of these girls and their friendship. They're all so unique, so why would I ever want to just know one of them? The final book of this series just came out yesterday, by the way, so anyone who hasn't yet checked these books out, you really really should.

3.) Pi Patel
Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

First off, who wouldn't want to be told this story first hand? It would be awesome to listen to him tell it out loud. Another reason I would love for him to be real, and for me to know him, is that he has so much strength in him. After everything he's been through, everyday problems probably don't seem like such a big deal. Having a positive influence around is always a good thing.

4.) Risika
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.

Aubrey was on my list last week, and this week it Risika. Yes, they hate each other, but you know what? I still love them both. :) Who wouldn't want an awesome vampire on their side? And tigers are my favorite animal too so...kindred spirits.

5.) Irial
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) by Melissa Marr.

I love his name. He would totally make the list from last week. All of these books are great, and this wasn't even my favorite one in the series, but Irial is without a doubt hands down my favorite character.


Jacey:

1.) Loor
Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space by D.J. Machale

Yup. I've chosen another Traveler of Territories for this week's Window Wednesday. Though I've been reading for leisure since I was 8, I don't recall having as big of a best-friend-girl-crush until I met Loor in the first book. Not only is this girl a COMPLETE bad ass from the seemingly parched desert territory of Zadaa (also, she lives in a world similar to ancient pyramid cultures which I HIGHLY dig) She had this strong moral compass and a strong sense of right and wrong which I greatly respected, along with a loyalty to her friends that seemed unbeatable. I usually find myself prizing the loyalty of my friends among all things, which would probably be a good reason as to why I love Loor so much.

2.) Aslan
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

Um...who wouldn't want a Jesus-lion as your best friend? :D All religious symbolism aside though, I have always wanted to snuggle my face into the fluffiness that is Aslan, the one true king of Narnia. He's awesome with kids, brings order wherever he goes, and created an entire realm through song. Pretty sure i'd love to have him on my side in an argument and would want to learn how to sing like that :P

3.) Ed'Rashtekaresket (aka "Ed")

Deep Wizardry (#2 Young Wizards Series) by Diane Duane

So I don't think many people would want to be best friends with a shark (my esteemed colleague would agree) But many people may not have known The Master Shark, a powerful underwater wizard from Duane's Young Wizards series. His outward edginess and his apparent wit only made me want to get to know him more (if he was in human form, he'd probably be that bad boy man of mystery; I considered putting him on the list last week but then though better of it). The friendship that unfolds between him and Nita is awesome too, and by the end of the book I really wished I had a shark pal of my own :(

4.) Michonne
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard

Though I couldn't continue reading past volume four, Michonne's initial appearance in the series was pretty sick. During a zombie apocalypse, I think I'd feel the safest with a girl who wielded a katanna with two jawless zombies chained to her (the zombies hide one's scent from other walkers, and they can't eat you when they're disarmed.). So yeah, then the zombie apocalypse comes around make no mistake, people. I'm calling dibs.

5.) Odris
The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix

A storm Shepard from Aenir who turns into a spiritshadow for Tal, the main protagonist in the series (basically, the "Chosen" who inhabit an infinitely large castle go into the spirit world Aenir and when they've picked a spirit, they bind it to them, and become their shadow). I loved how quirky he was and as creepy as it might become, having a shadow as your best friend might be kind of cool :) 

 

Alright, so there you have it guys! A window into what kinds of characters we want to be our friends ;) Let us know who's made your list! Maybe we've read that book as well! Also, be sure to check back later on for information on our Cover Contest which should begin either late Thursday night or Friday!!!! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight, #1) by Darynda Jones

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace.  Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home.  For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be.  Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it,  standing outside her house in the dark, night after night.  Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school.  Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.  What does Jared know about her parents?  Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei?  And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?  Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment
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So in reality, I would give this book 4.5 stars, but because that isn't possible here, I went with 4. I really liked it a lot, but a five star rating to me means that I loved it more then breathing. That wasn't really the case. Oxygen is still my bestie over this book. I've never read anything by Darynda Jones before, and know that she's originally an adult book writer. That being said, I think she did a pretty good job with teen fiction, though there were some points that I was like, huh? Some details get lost among the constantly divulging plot. More and more information keeps getting added on before the info we'd just been given could really be explained fully. The book was also absolutely nothing like what the blurb made me expect it to be. In some ways that's a really good thing, because had I known it was about angels I more then likely would not have picked it up and I would have missed out on a great story. I'm not a huge fan of books about angels. I'm really picky about them, so when I do like one I think that means something about the author's ability to tell a story. I think that it was played out really well in this book. I was interested in what was happening, and there were a lot of really great supportive characters. I do admit I thought there would be some sort of love triangle going on, but there wasn't. This book was different, with a lot of elements coming together to form one plot, and I liked that about it. Sometimes it seemed like just a little too much, but it was easy to get over that because the main character was interesting. I am looking forward to reading the second book, and would recommend this to anyone who's just in the mood for a relaxing fun book to breeze through.


Don't forget to join our giveaway below!!! :)

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sunday Salutations #2

Happy Sunday everyone! :) So for those of you who've been away, we were recently nominated for a blog award! You can find out all about it two posts down, and just wanted to give out another thanks to Avita for nominating us! In other news, we're going to be making a trip to the local book barn tomorrow, which means that we'll be shopping for goodies to go into the cover contest. Which also means that the contest will begin sometime this week, so make sure to keep checking back! :) I (Tempest) only posted one review all week due to the fact I was stuck (and I don't use the term loosely) reading Meg Cabot's, Abandon. You can go read my very short review to see my full opinion on it, but obviously I didn't like it much. However, that did make me realize that it's long past time I actually start writing a book based on Greek myth that I've been wanted to for years now! So...

Projects in the Works!!!

Tempest: I've had this idea for a book based off of Greek myth since I was about twelve, and after all the books I've recently been reading that are takes off of myths, I think I'm finally about ready to just sit down and write it. :) While I realize the Persephone story is the most popular, It's always been a favorite of mine as well, so I will say that my book has some ties to that. However, I am planning on it being a little different then the original myth, as in no fire and brimstone or pomegranate seeds. Or chariots. Or probably even the name Hades. Lol. We'll see. I am working on the first stand alone book in my Three Realm series right now, as well as book 2 in The Coven trilogy so I'm not sure when this book (currently titled Unhinged) will be done. It has been started though! Yay me! I go a little cover crazy so I already have that designed! I find that helps me keep motivated! ;) I am really excited to write it, so we'll see how long it takes me. You gotta write the book that wants to be written, right?

Jacey:  Alas, I have not been getting as much writing as I should be. You could call it a writer's block, you could also call it applying to grad school. Or, perhaps you should call it laziness. All of these aside, I will mention that I've been working on a piece that I began constructing during my sophomore year in college. It's called Summons, and its plot has changed drastically since I turned in the first draft to my creative writing teacher. My story mainly originated from something my dad said once while he was driving me to school:

"Everything we see and everything we are came from a star. We need sustenance from our sun, a yellow star. The earth and many of our planets are made through the collapse and creation of stars. Thus, Josie, we too in a sense are made of stars. We are the universe looking back on ourselves."

Anyway, from this quote (which he says came from pbs) came the idea for my story, which has beings (which I still have yet to name) that are, literally, stars in human form, created by the gods to walk between realms. I'm just going to leave it at that. Tempest has been lovely enough to supply me with a cover already, which you can see at the side panels of our blog. Maybe one of these days I'll gain enough courage to put it up for you guys to see :)


Giveaways!!!


This week the out giveaway has been for Libby Heily's, Tough Girl. It ends Monday night so hurry up and join! What do you have to lose? Nothing. That's what! There's a link in the giveaways section at the very top, and every time we host another giveaway we place the link there for easier access for all of you! :) Or you can simply scroll on down and check it out that way. There's a blurb, a cover, image, and an author interview so you can get to know more about Libby Heily!


We'll be hosting a giveaway for Kareen Wade Mccabe as well as doing an author interview this week once Libby's is over, so be sure to check back to find out more about this author and her book, The Dragon's Call. :)

Anyone interested in having us host a giveaway check the review policy and email us!

Currently Reading!!!

Tempest: I'm currently reading Darynda Jones', Death and the Girl Next Door, which I started late last night (early this morning?) and so far really really like! Which is good, because in case you haven't noticed, I haven't been to thrilled with the past three or so books I've read. I'm really in need for something epic. Or at least grand. Heck, at this point, I'd settle for just a simple great. ;) I really like the style so far, and the flow is pretty nice so fingers crossed!

Jacey: I'm currently reading Vered Ehsani's Dragon's War, the sequel to Vered's compelling Dragon's Mind. The plot was one that immediately sucked me in. Dragon is what the characters call a MindOps who runs an entire city island and is accompanied by Vered's heroine Myth, and now both are fighting forces that would love to see him shut down. The themes of what makes one human are beautiful, and the unorthodox chemistry between brain and girl are amazing, which led me to pick up the second. Here's a look at the cover. I think it looks sick :)

Looking Forward For!!!

Tempest: I know I mentioned this in last weeks Sunday Salutations, but I am still really excited to check out The Looking Glass Wars. I also have Devoured by Amanda Marrone and The Devouring by Simon Holt on my shelf! I'm thinking I'll probably read those two one after the other due to the similar titles, yet completely differing plots. I love when that happens. :) I also have a bunch of indie author work to read, including Dollhouse by Anna Allyn, Give Me Forever by Celeste Carrara, and The Blood by Alisha Basso, just to name a very few.

Jacey: So I'm looking at my to-be-read pile (which I hope to build upon once I'm done applying for grad school) and at the moment I can't help but be psyched about reading Kasia James' The Artemis Effect. This has end-of-the-world mayhem written all over it which is one of my favorite morbid fascinations. I'm also really happy the story isn't just going to have one character going up against the world but three, and I really hope to see if these three personalities collide. I love books that interweave narratives. Plus, who seriously doesn't love a apocalyptic novel? ;) Anywho, I hope everyone enjoyed this spiel, I definitely had a kick writing it. If you guys know any good dystpoian/post-apocalyptic novels that are worth reading let me know!

Alright! Thanks for stopping by everyone! Feel free to leave us a comment telling us about a book we've reviewed or something that you're currently reading! :) Don't forget to come back and check out Window Wednesday, as well as stop by to see when we finally have that contest up! You won't want to miss it! Hope you all have a great week!

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.


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I was pretty disapointed by this book. I'm a huge fan of Cabot's Mediator series, but the writting style in this was absolutly nothing like that! I couldn't even believe they were written by the same person. For one, the events in this book are all topsy-turvy. We're constantly thrown back into past occurances, but without any chance in style or format. It got to the point where I was just annoyed all the time because I wanted to know what was happening in the now as opposed to trying to figure out what happened in the past and how it relates to the present. The main character, Pierce, also was pretty annoying. She kept on saying that John had done this horrible stuff to her, when it reality...it wasn't really all that bad. She wasn't too bright either. It was just hard to route for her, or anyone else for that matter. I just couldn't bring myself to care. They all seemed so two dimensional, flat. I had to struggle practically all week just to finish this book, and the only reason I even did that much was out of respect for the author. Things were just picking up at the very end, and then it was over. I don't think I'm going to bother reading the next book. If it's written anything like this one, I already know I won't like it.


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Leibster Blog Award!!!



Wow...our first blog award! :) Thanks so much to Avanti from Avanti's Place for nominating us! Jacey and I are both really excited! Here's a link to Avanti's blog, and really thank you!!!

Avanti's Place
The Rules of the award:

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees
  3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (no tag backs)
  4. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

Questions from Avanti:
  1. What are you currently reading & why did you choose that book? Tempest: I'm currently reading Death and the Girl Next Door, by Daynda Jones. The story line just looked really interesting, and I've heard good things about it. Jacey: At the moment I'm reading Vered Ehsani's Dragon's War. It's a sequel to her book Dragon's Mind which I thought had a really neat concept and several themes that I found intriguing and thought-provoking.
  2. Why do you love reading so much? Tempest: I was brought up reading. My dad made sure that I was taught and doing it on my own by the age of two. It's always just been something I love to do, a good way for me to escape the everyday world for a little bit. Jacey: For me it's always been about the escape. When I was in middle school especially, when I didn't have many friends or places to run for cover when the bullies came knocking, I'd look for solace in the worlds and people that authors created, which also in turn gave me hope that I'd get to have such encounters that their characters did in the future. That still rings true today whenever I feel like I need to escape from other outside forces.
  3. Why did you start blogging? Tempest: I originally started blogging because as an indie author, I found out that was one of the best ways to get my work out there for people to see. I started the book review blog because I realized I read so much, and I enjoy talking about it with others so much, that it just made sense to put all of those thoughts down somewhere. Jacey: I really didn't know much about blogging until my best friend Tempest put me up to it. I love reading and pretty much half of our conversations are made up of what we've read or what interesting facts we've gathered while reading and also about the books we've read. Also I've always enjoyed critique workshops in classes I've taken, and I thought that helping with a blog where I could review books would be a perfect way to continue critical analysis.
  4. If you could be any character for a day who would it be? Tempest: Is it weird if I say Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Technically, there are books out there with her in them so...Lol. And she is a character. Jacey: Dang that's really tough...can I be an alien? Because then I'd be Prince Elfangor (or the female equivalent) from KA Applegate's Animorphs. They have a scythe at the end of their tale, have the body of a deer, they absorb nutrients through their hooves AND have four eyes, two of which can swivel on stalks and see behind them, and they can keep them open while they sleep. If anyone wanted to jump me, I'd be pretty much ready to go, PLUS I could morph. Which is just awesome.  
  5. When you finish a book do you keep it or pass it on? Tempest: I keep it. I'm a notorious book hoarder. I do let friends borrow them though. Lot's of people come over and call my place their personal library. :) If I really like a book, I'm probably going to eventually reread it, so I like to keep it around. Jacey: Usually, I keep it, but if I REALLY enjoy a book, I have this issue where I have to press it into someone else's hands and coerce them into reading it, just so they too could feel as exhilarated as I did while reading it. 
  6. Favorite movie & why? Tempest: It's impossible to pick just one so whenever I'm asked this question I say I have two: Four Brothers and She's the Man. The first is because I just got completely sucked into this story of these guys coming together and being a family despite the fact there's no actual blood between them. Their struggle to avenge the person who gave them each other, I think at least, is really touching. She's the Man is my go-to movie if I'm in a bad mood because it's just so funny. Yet at the same time it is also briefly touching base on the whole "sexist" topic. There's also the fact it ties in with one of Shakespeare's plays so... :) Jacey: Hmmm...I feel like this changes for me too often. I think it could be the Star Trek film. I just love how JJ Abrams offers us another timeline and kind of brought the franchise back to life and plus, it definitely made me more interested in the older star trek seasons. I was more of a Captain Janeway fan myself, never a Spock fan really. Not until Zachery Quinto that is. :) 
  7. Favorite book to movie adaptation? Tempest: The Road. Hands down. No questions about it. I cried at the exact same point in the movie as I did in the book. That says something. Jacey: The Godfather probably. In fact I thought Godfather parts 1 and 2 did a better portrayal of Michael Corleone's ascension to power and seemed to focus on more thought-provoking themes than the book did. I still have yet to see part 3; my father, an avid Godfather fan, forbids it. 
  8. What type of music do you like? Tempest: All types (except polka). Literally. I listen to everything: country, pop, rock, r&b, rap, dub step, techno, etc. It's all about what type of mood I'm in at a specific time that decides what I'm listening to then. Jacey: My type is all over the place usually, and my taste usually comes in phases. There was one year I had Nine Inch Nails phase, and as of recent I've been going through a Jimi Hendrix phase.
  9. Where's your favorite place to read? Tempest: Outside in my backyard under this oak tree. I like to bring out a towel lay in the sun and just read the day away. Of course, in the winter that's not really as much fun. Jacey: When I was younger I used to love reading in our Magnolia Tree out front. Moving up to CT lent me fewer reading trees, or at least trees that I could easily clamber into an read. So though I prefer trees, at the moment I like the porch steps or in the grass. In the winter, it's in front of the space heater. 
  10. Favorite hobby besides reading? Tempest: writing. I love to write. I hope to make it my career. Jacey: For a while I lovedplaying trumpet and hope to pick it up again soon.
  11. If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go? Tempest: Ireland. I've always wanted to go there. I'm just really in love with the culture and the language, and they have some great myths. Jacey: Probably Egypt. I've always loved Egyptian mythology.
Facts About Tempest:

  1. I'm an indie author of Paranormal Romance and Teen fiction. 
  2. I love to draw, and even considered being an art major before deciding on creative writing.
  3. I'm addicted to smoothies. I could drink them all day every day.
  4. My favorite color has been yellow since I was six.
  5. I have 73 books on my Kindle, 156 books on my Nook, 98 books on my iBooks, and more paperbacks/hard copy books then I can count on my shelves.
  6. Coffee is my vice, but it has to be flavored.
  7. I love animals, sometimes more then people, despite the fact I'm a people person.
  8. Rollerblading is one of my favorite things to do. I own my own blades and everything.
  9. I'm the eldest child of three, and have both a younger sister and a younger brother.
  10. I collect shot glasses, sun glasses, TV series, and (obviously) books.
  11. My middle initial "C" stands for Chani. ;)

Facts about Jacey:


  1.  I was a communication Disorders-English Double Major at UMASS Amherst 
  2. I really want to help people with their speech and language disabilities
  3. Ray Brabury is probably my favorite author or all-time
  4. I was raised in Atlanta Georgia (born in Jacksonville FL) and moved up north when I was 12
  5. I have a cat and dog: Ebony and Millie, respectively
  6. My swim stroke was the butterfly in high school
  7. I am the BIGGEST marching band nerd; played with the UMMB for 4 seasons
  8. I am not allergic to kiwi (but the family I convinced that I was was know that ;) )
  9. My favorite breakfast food is probably honey nut cheerios
  10. My first best friend was my dog, a golden retriever called Murphy 
  11. My greatest dream is to have the Green Ranger Dragon Dagger
Questions For Nominees:

1.) What is your favorite book of all time, and why?
2.) When did you start to love reading?
3.) Do you have a favorite TV show adaptation of a book series?
4.) What is your favorite genre and why?
5.) When do you usually read?
6.) Do you perfer ebooks or hard copies?
7.) Who is your favorite author?
8.) Do you organize your books shelves, or just kind of place them where ever there's space?
9.) If you had to guestimate, how many books do you own?
10.) Who is your favorite character of all time and why?
11.) If you could have written any book on the planet yourself, which would it be?

Nominees:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Echo Island R2R! (Chance to read FREE)

Even though this isn't my author blog, I figured I'd let you all know that my book, Echo Island is currently being offered up in a Read 2 Review on one of the goodreads groups! It's a paranormal romance novel, and part of my Mirror Warrior series. However, it does not need to be read in any certain order, so if you haven't read the first book before, don't worry. This one has a completely different story line with different characters that happen to live in the same world. :) Here's a blurb, and at the very bottom a link where you can go sign up and get your free copy! Thanks in advanced to anyone who checks it out!

Blurb:

Having been alive for seven hundred years, Cassandra Anders has made giving into her carnal needs a dirty habit. She's been using men since the day she was turned, and loving every second of it. Known by most Mirror Warriors, or supernatural beings, as a bit of a party girl, it's no surprise to anyone when she instantly starts up a new fling with a shapeshifter during this century's Fundur, a meeting including members of all supernatural sects.

Harper Donnelly might just be in the market for a little pleasure himself, and he's never been with a vampire before. But just as things are starting to heat up between the two of them, other Fundur attendees start disappearing, or worse. Now not only does he have to figure out his feelings, keep out of the way of a jealous demon, but also figure out whose attacking them all before he or Cass end up being next.

Can these two survive their trip to the island long enough to see if what's between them is real? Or will they die before they ever get the chance?

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1172668-r2r-110-echo-island-open

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Window Wednesday!

Happy humpday everyone! So, in league with trying new things to liven up the blog, we're going to start doing Window Wednesdays! What's that, you're probably asking? Well, that's when we open a window on topics related to books/reading. Each week will have a new topic, and not only will we share our takes on it, but also want to know about yours! To kick it off, this weeks topic is Guys in Fiction We Wish Were Real (and that we were dating). Jacey and I will each give you a list of five differenct characters. Feel free to comment below with your own list! :) Be sure to leave where the characters are from and who the amazing author who created them is! This is a good way for all of us to maybe discover a new author or book to love!




Tempest's List:

1.) Daemon Black.
Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

2.) Circenn Brodie.
The Highlander's Touch by Karen Marie Moning.

3.) Aubrey.
Demon in my View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.

4.) MacAllister Booke.
Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island Trilogy) by Nora Roberts.

5.) Wren Tigarian.
Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon.


Yes, all of these guys except for Daemon are from books written years ago but those are the ones that have stuck with me most. I read a lot of books, which is probably why I really remember those characters that drew me in the most. When I first really started reading reading, at 12, I fell into a huge Nora Roberts obsession. One of her books was actually the first non-chapter book I've ever purchased. Her Three Sisters Island Trilogy is one of my favorites; I've read it at least five times. Booke always made an impression on me. I just love the way he brings Ripley out of her concrete shell. Around the same time I started reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Den of Shadows series. She was one of my favorite authors from like 12-16, and the only reason she stopped was because I could never find any of her new books after Hawksong and the ones in that series. Den of Shadows is amazing, but I actually don't even like the books in the Hawksong seires (other then that one). Anyway, I've loved Aubrey since the first book In the Forests of the Night. He's witty, yeat soulful. Clever yet...well, clever, but still. Pretty much the perfect vampire who doesn't sparkle and who actually has cool abilities. I was also a HUGE fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. I owed and read every single book up until the last two. The reason for that is all the books after Acheron (and in truth Acheron itself) were disapointing to me. I just don't like them sadly. Unleash the Night actually came out my Sophmore year of highschool, and Wren reminded me of an ex boyfriend I still had feelings for so...that explains that! :) To be perfectly honest, I can't remember why I love Circenn so much, but everytime I think of characters I love he ALWAYS pops to mind. I'm gonna take that as a sign I need to reread the book soon. And for those of you who haven't yet had the oppurtunity to read the Lux series, that should be the next thing on your to-do list! Trust me! Just read the first book and you'll know exactly why Daemon made my list, despite the fact I only recently discovered him.



Jacey's List:

1.) Vo Spader
Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space by D.J. Machale

2.) Signor Benedick
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

3.) Christopher Carrion
The Books of Abarat by Clive Barker

4.) Puck
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

5.) Julian Macedone
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

So my list is pretty diverse. Spader was one of my first HUGE literary crushes in seventh grade. I mean seriously, who wouldn't say no to a surfer-dude with almond-shaped-eyes with a tan and muscles from the Cloral territory? MacHale's series was so addicting back then, my friend and I would literally plead for my dad to drive us to the mall so we could grab it and start reading it that night. Remembering Spader now makes me want to scramble for my copies of the books again...I might just pick them up again. Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite comedy by Shakespeare, partly because it has one of the greatest figures of humor in it. Benedick and Beatrice's battle of wits is hilarious and engaging, and his change when he falls head over heels in love with the shrew is heartwarming and a joy to read (or to watch onstage). Sadly, if he were real, my match would hardly be a match for him...I doubt I could ever be his Beatrice :( Ok, so some of you might think I'm a bit nuts when I say that I would love it if Christopher Carrion was real. To be honest, I've always kind of had a thing for the bad boy or trickster in books. Humor and wit attract me, such as Benedick's. Chris' sadism...well, ok that's not attractive, but he's one of those charmingly tragic bad boys who I couldn't help but pity while reading Clive Barker's books. Even after he's had someone devoured, I still found myself being like "Aawwww but his grandma was such a JERK and he was SO in love with her!" I think it'd be SICK if Barker wrote a book specifically about the Prince of Midnight separate from the series. I adored his sulking :) Puck: a trickster, someone with humor. Plus, Kagawa's Puck in her series is wonderfully illustrated. Rather than simply made of wit and slyness (though he has plenty of it) he's a sweet, kind-hearted protector who only wants the best for Meghan Chase...except for her to be with Ash, that is. Despite the hotness that was Ash, I couldn't help but cheer for Puck (though my colleague Tempest might disagree :P ). If he was real, I'd be more than happy to take him off Meg's hands. Finally, there's Julian. Fantasy Lover was my first Romance novel. At first skeptical with the genre, I finished the book on a plane ride to Atlanta and on the way back. Not only did this rejuvenate my love of greek mythology, Kenyon's depiction of a demi god and his story of obtaining freedom was heart pounding and just plain addictive.  Seriously wished I had discovered her and Julian sooner. Whew, ok! Hope to see other lists pop up! Let me know if any of these guys on my list interests/disgusts you :P             

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Turn Me On Release!!!

Hi all! My NaNoWriMo novel, Turn Me On is now available for purchase!!! I exceeded the 50,000 word mark (you can see by how much in the top left corner)! For those of you who don't know what this book is about I've included a blurb below. Also included is a link to where the book can be purchased for any e-reading device. Go get your copy now while it's only $0.99!!!! :) This is a paranormal romance book, and a stand alone novel which does not connect with any of my other series. This is the perfect chance to check out my work for a low price! Those of you who do, please try and leave an honest review on goodreads after you're done reading! Goodreads reviews really do matter and they really help to spread the word.

Blurb:

Some people have the ability to walk through the minds of others. While this is happening, the assaulted mind processes the events as actually occurring, which means they can get hurt. Or even killed. Telepathy is well known throughout the world, but no one knows who has it, and who doesn't, not even a telepath themselves. The only way to find out is by being Turned On, an event that only happens when an active T.P has entered the mind of an inactive one. Troy Lexin has been Turned On since he was eight. Stolen from his family in the middle of the night and forced to become a Switch--deadly assassin--Troy's secret goal is to get revenge on the man who did this to him. The plan is going smoothly when he accidentally activates a girl he meets at strip club, who then tells him about a secret weapon the resistance is holding that can somehow block out T.Ps. If the Switches get their hands on the tech, they would become unstoppable, which is why she suggests they take it first. No matter how badly his instincts tell him not to trust her, Troy's attraction to Rayna Kinner is starting to block everything else out. But does is she who she says she is? Or is there a darker secret she's keeping from Troy? One that could not only destroy his plan for revenge, but also the world as he knows it.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/277079#longdescr

Monday, January 21, 2013

Libby Heiler: Author Interview/Giveaway

Hello everyone! Apologies for being so MIA, deadlines for graduate school applications and GRE tests have  tormented me the past month or so and has sadly deterred me from writing and reviewing. Luckily, this week I get to host a giveaway for a book in my to-be-read pile that sounds pretty interesting: Libby Heiler's Tough Girl. Here's a blurb and a look at the cover:

Tough GirlDanger lurks everywhere in eleven year old Reggie's world--from the bully next door to the unwanted attentions of a creep at school. Raised by her mentally ill mother, Reggie is left to fend for herself. She escapes in daydreams, battling aliens with her alter-ego, Tough Girl

When Reggie's mother disappears, her fantasy life spirals out of control and starts to invade reality. She is hunted by a creature of her own design, and even Tough Girl is not strong enough to stop him. 

Will Reggie survive long enough for her mother to return, or will her dream world take over?
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On top of host a giveaway, Libby was awesome and answered a few questions for us :)

1). What inspired you to become a writer? I have always loved stories. Before I could read, I was addicted to television and cartoons. Once I started reading, it was all over. I was very rarely ever fully in reality. I spent most of my time daydreaming or reading. Writing was just a natural extension of being lost in stories. 

2). What do you enjoy about writing science fiction? I love how you can create your own worlds in the realm of scifi, how you can basically change the fabric of reality but in a very believable way. I think science fiction also gives you a very safe environment to explore your own society and/or thoughts on life. Alternate worlds usually reflect our own.

3). Where did your idea for "Tough Girl" come from? Tough Girl was a long time coming. I always knew I wanted to write a story about a kid that slippedaway into imaginary lands. Alice in Wonderland was a huge influence on me in high school. I also was obsessed with the idea of a story about four siblings from a crime family struggling to get by after their father was killed. I used to think of these two story ideas often while running and slowly they melded into one.

4). Did you model any of the characters and personalities in "Tough Girl" off real-like people? Not exactly, not in the sense that a character is based on a person. I think all my characters are bits and pieces of life, of people I've met or read about or spied on in public places. I love to people watch and eavesdrop (in a writerly, non-creepy way). I really get to know my characters by having them interact with one another and enough writing character journals. Sometimes I'm surprised by who they end up being.

5). Who are your favorite authors? There are so many authors I adore and so many I have yet to discover. In no certain order: Virgina Woolf, August Strinberg, Eugene O'Neil, Muriel Spark, Brock Clarke, Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, William Shakespeare, Sarah Ruhl, Dr. Seuss, Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Philip K Dick, Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, Kurt Vonnegut, Voltaire, JAck Kerouac, and many more.

6). What idea or messages do you want your readers to take home? I don't know if there's a true idea I want to give to readers. My hope with anything that I write is that it creates discussion. I'm hoping to entertain but also to make an audience think and talk. I started off as a playwright, and hearing an audience discuss a play after viewing it is the greatest joy I have ever known. That is the best I can hope for.

7). Anything else you want us to know about you or your writing in general? :) I tend to write about things that scare me. There are many frightening elements to humanity, many moments in life that make me recoil. I write to try to understand these things

Thank you, Libby! Your responses were intriguing and insightful! Ok, folks, the giveaway for Tough Girl is just below this interview. There are two copes that Libby will send from Smashwords in whatever format that works for the two lucky winners! Don't miss it! :)        

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Salutations! (Ways you can win books!)

A.K.A, I've got news! (And clearly am a little lame ;)).

Anywho, just figured I'd do a little post to catch everyone up on the goings on of this blog, as well as my author blog. (This is Tempest, btw). I'm debating whether or not to do this every week, have a Sunday Salutations to kick off the week and fill people in on what we hope to be reading within the next seven days, as well as what's coming up, and where we stand on books we're currently involved in! So, first things first:

CONTESTS!!!

We will be holding a contest here sometime within the next two weeks. It'll be a cover contest in which all of you have to come up with a rocking/witty cover title based off of a cover photo that we present you with. The prizes will consist of paperback books! I have a few extra copies of some of my books so I figured what better then to give them away in a contest that will help the blog? Right? Right! Keep checking back for more details on that, as well as to find out which books we'll be offering in the lineup of prizes. If this hits it off, we'll probably start doing more contests! :) Second things....second:

GIVEAWAYS!!!

Currently, we have a giveaway going on that ends tomorrow for ebook copies of BOTH the first and second books in Eva Pholer's Gatekeeper's trilogy. I read theses and I liked them a lot, so any of you who haven't yet should totally scroll on down and enter! If you like Greek mythology then these are good books for you! They're about a girl who ends up meeting Thanatos, the Greek god of death, and falls in love with him.

We do have a few more giveaways coming up as well. We're trying to keep it to one a week so that authors get enough time for just their work to be featured. Keep checking back weekly in order to see what's new and what you can possibly win! Those who follow our blog automatically get more entries then those who don't, as with those who also sign up to follow my private author's blog (the link of which can be found on the left sidebar). When there's a lull week, as in there's no one else who signed up for a giveaway or interview, I'll probably do a giveaway of all three books in my trilogy! And speaking of my work, that leads me into point three which is:

ANTHOLOGY RELEASE!!!

So I took part in this anthology titled, Just the Tip: Short Stories of Love and Lust. The story I entered is Echo which is a short story from my larger series, The Mirror Warriors. It revolves around a werewolf pack leader named Jensen who ends up falling for a female who doesn't know who he is. For those of you who've been waiting to get into one of my series, this is the perfect opportunity to test the waters! Just remember it is a short story, not a longer work, so it won't have as much detail or drawn out problems/emotional entanglements as one of my actual full length novels would. There are five other short stories in there by different authors, so it's a good chance to maybe find someone new! The book just came out today and can be found at three different places. If you purchase it on Smashwords.com it's FREE!!! Here's the blurb and  the links:

Stories written by: Aria Grace, Boot LS, Constella Espj,
Elaine Shuel, Tempest C. Avery, and Xavier Harrington

Sometimes you just need a little tease. A taste of something hot and naughty. Maybe just a little love story or maybe something dirty and raunchy. Whatever your mood, you'll find it in this collection of short stories.

Check the interest level of each. You can go from sweet to taboo from one page to the next.

WARNING: Some descriptions may be considered extremely offensive. OVER 18 ONLY!




Smashwords: FREE


Paperback copy: $7.00
http://bit.ly/JustTheTip_Print (may be another day before the book is orderable)

Amazon Kindle: $2.99

And last but not least:

CURRENTLY READING!!!

I'm hoping to start Abandon by Meg Cabot tonight! Apparently it's a twist on the story of Persephone, and like mentioned above, I love Greek mythology so...I'm excited. I have however noticed that there are some pretty bad reviews on Goodreads so fingers crossed that I won't agree. :) My TBR pile is pretty large right now, but I do read books in order by which interests me the most at the time. I have a few indie author books on the list that I want to read soonish, and a desk piled high with paperbacks. One that I'm excited about is The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. It's a take on Alice in Wonderland, which happens to be another one of my favorites. In case you haven't noticed, I love fables, myths, and fairytale retellings, so if any of you know of any good ones, feel free to leave a comment below letting me know! Also, if there's ever anything you want me to check out, your work or otherwise, let me know!

Alright, I think that about sums it up! I don't really know what's going on with Jacey's TBR pile so...can't really tell you much about that. Honestly, I don't even know what she's reading right now despite the fact I see her practically every day! Lol. I'll fill her in and have her update her info for those of you who are waiting on her for one thing or another! Also, just so everyone knows, if ever there's a time you don't hear a response from her or our goodreads account, feel free to email me (which can be found under review policy) or send me a message on my goodreads account, which is also where I post all of my reviews: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5171960.Tempest_C_Avery

Have a great week guys!!! :)

Feel free to let us know what you've been reading!!!