Friday, February 21, 2014

Meeting Authors! The Lovestruck Tour

I got a few books signed last night! 

The closest indy bookstore to me is Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC. I try to remember to check their events calendar every few months, but somehow I managed to miss spotting that The Lovestruck Tour was coming. Luckily for me, I follow them on twitter and I managed to spot the tweet about the tour. 

Organized by Megan Shepherd, The Lovestruck Tour also includes Megan Miranda, Kasie West, and Robin Constantine. I haven't actually read the books by Megan Shepherd, Kasie West, and Robin Constantine (but I did read the kindle free previews and liked them) but the Epic Reads ladies have talked about them a lot so I was definitely interested in reading their books (they're on my TBR). I have read Megan Miranda's "Fracture" and I really liked it.

Like the Meagan/Amie/Beth signing, all the ladies were super nice, and it was great to get a chance to meet them all!

Here's my new pile of new, signed and dedicated books. I'll just go ahead and add them to my physical TBR pile. (Kasie's "Pivot Point" is on my kindle.)


From left to right, Megan Shepherd, Megan Miranda, Robin Constantine, Kasie West.


The Megans.


Robin and Kasie.


Me with the Megans!


Me and Kasie.


Me and Robin.




Meeting Authors! Meagan Spooner, Amie Kaufman, and Beth Revis!

Look! I got to meet some awesome ladies on February 15th at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC. Let me just tell you, don't go anywhere in NC after a snow event, because it makes people crazy and traffic crazy. BUT, I got to meet (from left to right in the front row) Beth Revis, Amie Kaufman, and Meagan Spooner! Amazing. They are smart and funny and so great.


In case you don't know, here are the books these ladies are responsible for:

Beth Revis


Meagan Spooner


Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman



As I said, they were all amazing. Smart, funny, witty, kind - just so great. Getting to Charlotte (about a 3 hour drive) was a major pain in the butt, but meeting the ladies was amazing. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cover Reveal! Brigid Kemmerer's "Sacrifice"

You wanted to see this, right? You know you do. If you don't know you do, then you haven't read any of Brigid Kemmerer's The Elemental Series, and I'm a little sad for you, because this series is great. It's the story of these four brothers - Michael, Nick, Gabriel, and Chris - who have powers based on the elements (earth, fire, air, water). Their parents are dead and they take care of each other and the camaraderie and love between the four of them is real and sweet and touching, and not without it's flaws. 

"Sacrifice" is the story of eldest brother Michael, and it is, sadly for me, the last book in the series. *sniffs* 

In case you're behind, here's a post about how my love for the Merrick family began. And here's a post about her most recent release, "Secret," about twin Nick Merrick (I just noticed I don't have a review on my blog for twin Gabriel's book, "Spark" - I'll have to get on that. But for now . . . MICHAEL.

Are you ready?

No, seriously, are you? You should put aside some time to gaze into Michael's eyes. Man, I'm distracted. Can I even get this post up on time?

RAWR.





One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…

Goodreads Link for Sacrifice

Where to find Brigid!

Purchase links!
Amazon link to Elemental Series

Barnes & Noble link to Elemental Series

Book Depository link to Elemental Series

iBooks link to Elemental Series

IndieBound link to Elemental Series



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Melissa Lander's "Alienated" - Release Day! (A day late)

About two months ago I read a digital ARC of Melissa Landers' "Alienated" and posted my review on the blog. 

Well finally, your time has come. The book released yesterday, February 4, and now you can rush off for your own copy! Below is a note from the author herself, and a link to a rafflecopter giveaway for a $25 Barnes & Noble giftcard!

Enjoy!


ALIENATED Launch & NOOK Giveaway!


Hey, fiction lovers. I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

In a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.

What do reviewers have to say?

“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try. It’s now available in stores and online.

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1dZqtBI
Book Depo (free international shipping): http://bit.ly/1hzxOfs
Indie Bound: http://bit.ly/1dfZHDW

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for the fine print: This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!


Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.




Saturday, February 1, 2014

My 2nd Fanfic Contest, Wherein I'm Sort of Redeemed

There's no such thing in life as a mistake, as long as you learn from it, right? While I wouldn't call my entry into the Jennifer Armentrout Romantic Times Fanfic contest a mistake (I did a damn fine job on it - it's canon and it fits with the story and it explains something we didn't get to learn about), I guess I learned that for a fanfic contest, the people want something more on the inventive side than the canon side. 

With that in mind . . .


Epic Reads recently posted about a fanfic contest for Kiera Cass's upcoming release of "The One," the final book in her trilogy, "The Selection." I've read the first two books in the trilogy, "The Selection" and "The Elite" and I was prepared for this contest. Of course, I'm really forgetful, and the weather patterns lately have been horrible for my migraines, and I have these rotten new downstairs neighbors who really love to listen to rap as loudly as possible at all hours, so I have NOT been writing much at all. But still, I remembered, and two nights before the deadline, I sat down, took some notes, and wrote a 500 word entry in under two hours.

I didn't win.

I did, however, rank as one of the five semi-finalists they chose out of over 300 entries (last I knew, the JLA Fanfic contest had 48 entries). So. Bam. Maybe I don't suck? (I'm the Sarah, don't mind the last name, they misspelled it.) 

Here's my entry!


It was finally time. I’d gotten into the selection and through to the elite, and when I’d made a misstep, let my passion take away my focus, Maxon had stepped in and saved me. He didn’t know that in saving me, he was also saving his country, and his people. He thought that he was saving me because he loved me, could see me as his future wife and Queen, but maybe somehow he knew there was more to it than that.

I’d spent my time at the castle getting ready for my mission - integrating myself, making allies and getting the lay of the land. You can’t enter into a war without knowing whom you’re fighting and where – that’s just common sense battle strategy. While it was true that I was there to battle for Maxon’s heart, I was also there for a deeper purpose.

I was a trained assassin, and I had an assignment. Until that night, I’d thought that the reports about King Clarkson had been exaggerated, but when I saw Maxon’s bloody back, I knew the reports were true. The King was an oppressive tyrant, and he had to go. Under his rule, the castes would forever remain in place, and the rich would continue to lord their power over the poor while we suffered and starved and were treated as less than.

I hadn’t planned on revealing the caste removal plan for the broadcast, but when I saw the cue cards there, I knew that someone – a superior in hiding within the castle – must have wanted me to make that presentation for a reason, and so I did it. I knew now that it must have been to reveal the King’s true self, to spur me on my way. I don’t know how they knew I could remain at the castle afterwards to continue my mission, but we weren’t taught to doubt, we were taught to act.

I slipped out of my bed, my bare feet landing on the cool wood floor, and I reached under the bed to pull out the knife I’d placed there earlier in the selection. I was grateful to my maids and to Aspen for having shown me the hidden air ducts that led through the castle – the hallways would take me halfway to the king’s chamber, but after that, the air-ducts would lead me straight to him.

Tonight, King Clarkson would die.