Saturday, August 30, 2014

Emery Lord's OPEN ROAD SUMMER


From Goodreads:

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

A big thanks to my favorite book blogger, Anna, for giving my name and address to Bloomsbury so I could receive a copy of this book! In case you haven't seen me gush about Anna before, she's the one who taught me that adults can love the heck out of YA, because YA is awesome. 

Okay, Emery Lord. You had me at a boy who sings. I mean, do we really need anything more than that? Anna knew I'd like this book, and she was right! A road trip, two besties, a boy who sings! It's all greatness. 

Reagan is flawed but likable and I liked that even her seemingly perfect best friend, Lilah/Dee, had flaws of her own. 

A great summer read! 

Or, since I now live way the heck upstate in NY in the land of lake effect snow, maybe it's a great read for the middle of January when you're convinced winter will never end. :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Robin LaFever's "Grace Mercy"

Robin LaFever's Grace Mercy

 (His Fair Assassins, Book 1)

(From Goodreads )
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Have you ever looked at a book and thought, "No, this can't be as good as it's cover is?" In the case of this one, utterly not true. This novel is as enticing, dramatic and passionate as that girl in a red dress and crossbow on the cover is.
The novel is set in a 15th century Brittany, tinged with magic and old religions, similar to some of Guy Gavriel Kay's novels. I found myself pulled into the world so completely that I was amazed to find the concept of St. Mortain was the author's invention!
Grave Mercy features so, so many amazing female characters. Seriously, I don't know if I've read another work this year that had so many great characters; good, evil and morally ambiguous. Main character Ismae's character development throughout the novel is astounding, and the reader is always rooting for her, even when she falters.
There's plenty of intrigue and danger, but as a reader I never felt overwhelmed by it, instead, I was racing to find out what happened next! Plus, an incredible, simmering into explosion sort of romance.
There is some violence and romantic situations, as well as frank discussion of what it's like to be a woman in the Dark Ages, so I'd give it a PG-13 rating.
--reviewed by Carrie

This series is full of kick-butt ladies getting things done their way, so I don't think there's a better song than this one.  I can picture Ismae waging some serious war to this song's driving beat and Xena like vocals.
Santigold featuring Karen O: GO 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Sarah's Pitch Wars Mentee Bio

It seems like a lot of the Pitch Wars contestants are making bios. I wasn't going to, but, you know...peer pressure.




Hi. My name is Sarah (you might know me as appifanie, aka a bad phonetic spelling of epiphany) and I write YA Contemporary. I have ideas for some NA, but unless you're interested in the figments in my brain and my various Pinterest boards, you're out of luck for now. 

Why should you pick me? It took me thirty-something years to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up. I was briefly waylaid by a high school English teacher who sort of beat the creative out of me. But now, I know what I want and I'm going to get it.



I'm a writer. With a BBA in Marketing and Management. 



There has to be a reason why I've moved all over the country and held a ton of different jobs, right? From toy store employee to working for a state Lt. Governor to working for an engineering firm to working for the Chancellor at a major university, I've met a ton of people and done a lot of things. I've lived in CT, NY, NH, ME, NC, VA and KS.  

I love constructive criticism. Regarding writing. Not much else though ;)


I'm a couch potato. I love books, of course, but I also love TV. My DVD shelf includes important things, like all things Joss Whedon. I also have Supernatural, Psych, Fringe, Eureka, Veronica Mars, Tru Calling, 2 seasons of Dawson's Creek, and the all important Wonderfalls. Right above this paragraph, Caroline Dhavernas as Jaye is annoyed if you haven't seen Wonderfalls. Pre-Pushing Daisies, Pre-Hannibal Bryan Fuller. Inanimate objects talk to her. And LEE PACE. So, you know. Go. Watch.

I'm a mom of a 2nd grader who was reading at almost a 4th grade level at the beginning of 1st grade (she's even smarter than I was!). She's sensitive and funny and smart and I love her the most. I also have an 11 week old Pug puppy, Arya Chickpea. 

My husband has been in the Army for 18 1/2 years and we only just moved to way the heck upstate NY. We spent almost 5 years in Fort Bragg, and as northerners, the south is just too hot for us. I get heat migraines. So, yeah, bring on the lake effect snow.

I'm a vegan. Don't worry, I won't make you eat any vegan food, but I make amazing vegan cupcakes and I've fed them to: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Meagan Spooner, Amie Kaufman, Beth Revis, Jessica Spotswood, Nathan Kotecki, Alexandra Duncan... I'm sure there are more. I've been vegan for about a decade.

If you have any questions, let me know!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

What I've Been Up To (PITCH WARS!)

Hi everyone! 

Err...all 11 of you :D 

Sorry I don't have any recent reviews - I'm working on Pitch Wars prep and working with a few new CPs - and it's keeping me really busy. Also working on housebreaking a dog, a husband who's been on leave for 8 weeks, and on keeping an eye on my kid (who learned to ride a bike last week)! 

My recent reads:

  • OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord
  • LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
  • VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD by Lauren Sabel
  • MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover
  • MORTAL DANGER by Ann Aguirre


I am currently reading SACRIFICE by Brigid Kemmerer (So excited about that that I almost capitalized her name as well, haha!) But seriously, not only is the conclusion to a series I love, but look at this freaking cover. I know. I KNOW. 


I'm also reading the upcoming chapter in Tracey Martin's MISS MISERY series, DIRTY LITTLE MISERY. This is a great series. I assume you aren't reading it, and you're totally missing out. If you want a comparison, I'm going to compare it to Richelle Mead's Succubus series + there's a super hot guy who happens to be a Satyr with horns named Lucen. He's super sexy and he smells like cinnamon.

Yes please.



Up next on my TBR: Errr...a lot. Right now the next 5 I'm going for are:


  • OPPOSITION by Jennifer Armentrout
  • ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins (I don't have it yet, but it'll be here soon! I want to reread Anna and Lola first, since Josh and Isla are in there somewhere)
  • ON THE FENCE by Kasie WEst
  • SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater
  • CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare
  • IN A HANDFUL OF DUST by Mindy McGinnis


Okay, I couldn't pick 5. I have a ton more on my physical TBR.


Now, as for Pitch Wars! I have a list of 11 mentors that I have to narrow down to 4. I picked one, so I need to pick 3 out of 10 amazing sounding mentors. Tough work!

I'm shining up my query and my pages. I'm working with some different CPs. 

So much to do! No pressure or anything.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Release Day! C. Elizabeth Vescio's "WASTELAND"


Happy Release Day to C. Elizabeth Vescio's WASTELAND (Wasted #2.5), a collection of short stories that take place in the world of her Wasted Series! Check out the book and excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below!



Inside the halls of Osiris, the men and women who make the contract killing agency tick polish their weapons and hone their skills. But how did they start working for Nero and Lex in the first place, and when did they find out they were destined to kill people for a living? Before Frankie Fairholm let you into her crazy, dysfunctional world of murder for hire, the lives of these men and women were already in danger. Their training was put to the test alongside their morals. A troubled Catholic school girl with a penchant for murder, a naive con-woman in over her head, a driven socialite with a bad day that keeps getting worse, an assassin second-guessing his sworn oath... being a contract killer doesn’t mean you aren’t human, it just means your humanity is hard to find, and probably a bit tarnished. Goodreads | Wasted Series Website | BOOK ONE (Elegantly Wasted) |BOOK TWO (Uncontrollably Wasted)


Excerpt:

It was four in the morning; the garage was empty of people. I made my way to the back entrance, hoping I could escape down Flamingo Road toward the Rio.

I was almost to the exit when the headlights of a black SUV lit me up from behind. I turned my attention to the screeching brakes to make sure I wasn’t about to get run over. 

That’s when I was tackled from the side by what felt like a Mack truck. We both went flying; his hand grabbed onto my frilly pink dress and ripped a portion of the tulle. I rolled out of the way to get a better look at him.

Same guy from upstairs, I realized. He still had the gun in his hand, but he was a bit out of sorts.
The back door to the SUV opened up and another man emerged. I did a double take—he looked the same as the man in front of me.

Jesus Christ.
I didn’t have time for this.

About C. Elizabeth Vescio

Author C. Elizabeth Vescio likes to play in the dark world of cynicism and death. Her Wasted series touches on the demented and humorous side of a delightfully dysfunctional family. Vescio is an award-winning photographer and avid font snob. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and three dogs.





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One signed copy of Wasteland, Wasted Series bookmarks and a pack of character cards.
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