31 January 2012

Giveaway: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.

Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong. Then comes the brooding and popular new transfer, Jake Thorn... who just so happens to be in Bethany's class. Something about Jake seems to be hiding something darker, something more powerful than expected. That thing, and Xavier, distracts Bethany to a point that Gabriel and Ivy are concerned.

The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

28 January 2012

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25 January 2012

Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski

2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.

In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time.

24 January 2012

Giveaway: ARC Enthralled by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong

A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire.

Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new landscapes and characters. But whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.

Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in Enthralled will leave you moved.

2nd Blogoversary

Happy Blogoversary to me...

Today marks my second year blogging. :)  Personally, I never understood why bloggers have giveaways to mark their blogoversaries because it's like a birthday, isn't it?  Well on your birthday, don't you get presents rather than the other way around?  ;)  Anyways...

I could go on to say how blogging has changed me and how it doesn't seem like two years, but jeepers--it feels like I've been blogging for five years, not a measly two. ;)  These two years have been great though with a few drawbacks.  I still haven't lost the joy of blogging, though and I am grateful for my experiences.

To celebrate my second year blogging and happy wishes for another year, I'm having a giveaway a week until I run out of books to giveaway!  I've been saving these beauties for a while now, just for this occasion.

  • ARC - Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong
  • Hardcover - Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
  • Hardcover - Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  • Hardcover - Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
And I have an extra that will be thrown in with one of these! :)

Here's the giveaway schedule:
  • ENTHRALLED - 1/24 - 1/31
  • HALO - 1/31 - 2/7
  • NEVERMORE - 2/7 - 2/14
  • CLAIRE DE LUNE - 2/14 - 2/21
Make sure to stop by!

21 January 2012

Blog Coding 101: Sidebar Button Code

You may have always wanted to add your blog button on your sidebar with a cool little copy-and-paste box for other bloggers to grab.  It may seem unreachable.  You may be awful at HTML.  Trust me, it's easy. :)

20 January 2012

Recommendation: Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

If you're planning to read this book,
don't read this post.

Lena Coakley

19 January 2012

Overlooked Contemp Novels - from Racquel @ Book Barbies

I just picked up a contemporary novel that got me thinking: most of the contemp novels I read aren't wildly popular, but they're so good they should be.  So I gave a general shout to my Twitter followers and the wonderful Racquel @ The Book Barbies replied. :)  I'm so glad she did--she listed some books that I fully agree, really should get some more airtime.

So without further ado, Racquel, take it away!

17 January 2012

Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.

It’s all a fake.

At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?

But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned—

Are about him.

11 January 2012

NC Author Alert: Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda
author of Fracture

will be at...

Barnes & Noble, Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC

starting at NOON on the...

21st of January, 2012

I actually have not been able to read this book yet.  (It releases January 17.)  I've seen it around a lot and have heard many good things about it, but otherwise, I'm rather ignorant.  It looks really interesting, though, so I may make the trip to see what all the fuss is about. ;)  And I might be able to see a fellow blogger*!  If I do go, I'll make sure to get pictures/video and get a signed copy to give away on le blog.  (After all, my blogoversary is coming up!)

*special thanks to fellow blogger Aeicha @ Word Spelunker for passing along this information  ^_^

10 January 2012

Kristen Chandler on: Fan Mail

As a reader and blogger, I find myself terrified whenever I face the impossibility of emailing an author.  I told one of my favorite authors once that they were like the Olympian gods and I a mere mortal.  I know a lot of bloggers who are on a first-name basis with their favorite authors.  (This is my response to that: O.O)  

After packing up the courage, I found the audacity to email Kristen Chandler, author (of the absolutely fabulous, amazing, incredible *cuts self off*) of Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me and her most recent novel, Girls Don't Fly.  I asked her a few questions about how she, as an author, handles her email.

07 January 2012

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between...She's something else entirely. Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends.

06 January 2012

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.
He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a soliltary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for the boy--an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.

But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family...

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel fro the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic "Coraline". Magical, terrifying, and filled with breath-taking adventures, "The Graveyard Book" is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

03 January 2012

TBR Pile: January

to be read pile

To compensate for my loose impulse control, this is a tentative list and will be edited throughout the month.  Please stayed tuned for more insanity.

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Goal Books:
these are books that I'd like to read this month

Entwined - Heather Dixon

Accomplished Books:
these made it through the insanity phase and got read this month

02 January 2012

Just For Kicks: Bookshelf Tour

Just For Kicks is a weekly meme held by me, The Authoress, that lets us share whatever random thing we want--whether it's book related or not is up to you.