Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Faulkner's Apprentice Blog Tour


I am so happy to be participating in this blog tour. I love the cover of this book it's very creepy looking. On my stop we have an excerpt, giveaway,and guest post by the author Val herself. So let's get started and learn more about the book.

Misfit and struggling writer Lorei Franklin has always struggled in life. Juggling an ailing mother, busy-body friends, and dead-end jobs, Lorei finally catches a break: she has won the L. Cameron Faulkner fiction contest, earning a three-week stay with the reclusive and famous horror writer. But her time at Faulkner's mansion is not what she expected. She is plagued by a man in a fedora, two frightened assistants, and a series of strange visions--not to mention all the scratches on the walls. She also struggles with her feelings for Faulker--she's had a crush on him since his cameo appearance in his movie, but he's much more intimidating, and attractive, in person. The isolated mansion makes it difficult for Lorei to contact her dying mother, the only person who knows the identity of Lorei’s real father. As the novel progresses, Lorei learns that the creepy visions she’s experiencing are flash-forwards of her own future life in the mansion. As she discovers, the man in the fedora has a sinister purpose--as the devil, he has claimed Faulkner's soul but will relinquish it in exchange for Lorei's--as it turns out, she is his daughter, and he’s been out to possess her for years. Now desperate, the devil is pulling out all his cards. To beat him, Lorei will have to fight her growing lust for Faulkner, ignore her love for her mother, stifle her fear of the mansion and that which is hidden in the walls, and abandon her dreams of becoming an author. If she can only accomplish those things, perhaps she can escape the devil’s grasp and avoid becoming the tormented old woman in her visions...


Excerpt:

But when she looked up to greet the last customer in line, Lorei's confidence shattered. The color on her cheeks drained with her adrenaline. It was a man in a worn, brown fedora and a weathered trench coat: it was the same man who had been creeping near her backyard.

This time, he was close enough for her to examine his face. The face was so gruesome that the man’s gaze terrified her, yet it was so horribly captivating that she could not look away. The face was wrinkled, leathery, and gaunt. Pouches of flesh sagged under his eyes, and when he smiled at her, the flabby flesh stretched tight against his lips. His gnarled and knobby nose reminded Lorei of a haunted old tree that grew outside her childhood bedroom window; it housed a spooky old owl that used to keep her awake with its ghostly hooting. He looked more like a scarecrow than a man. Lorei shuddered as the strange man stepped up to the table and cleared his throat. Other customers mingled around the store, each one clutching his newly-signed book like a precious treasure. They who had been so adamant to see her a moment ago seemed to have forgotten her existence. She was left horribly alone and had no choice but to confront the man with her gaze.

His countenance held all the properties of childhood nightmares—unexplainable and visceral and terribly real. His skin was weathered like the aging autumn; gnarled and twisted, it seemed to protest its own age. His bottom lip was swollen and split on one side with scarred-over stitches holding it together. Above the opposite eyebrow was a wide and leathery scar. Shadowed by a heavy brow sunk two piercing eyes, coal-black. The gaze that blazed from them pierced Lorei with shrillest of winter winds and yet burned through her core like fire.

“I—” was all she could mutter. She sat paralyzed. The man held no book for her to sign and said nothing. His hands he kept in his coat pockets, his gaze penetrating all the while. He seemed comfortable enough standing in silence.

Lorei looked again for the manager, but Diane stood absorbed in conversation on the other side of the store. Like the customers, she was oblivious to Lorei’s situation. Lorei and the stranger were enclosed in their own private sphere of existence. Even if she screamed, she knew that no one would hear. No one would look. There was something intangible that separated her from the rest of humanity just then.

She closed her eyes, hoping that it was all just her imagination. But when she opened them again, the man was still there. He had removed his hands from his pockets, and they were fondling the inside cover of Faulkner’s newest book. He ran his finger up and down the dust jacket, tracing the contours of Faulkner’s headshot. “Something sad about his face, don’t you think?” the man asked. His voice was at once wispy and gruff enough to match his appearance. It had the qualities of a lonely fall breeze rustling through the last of the dried leaves that were nature’s only stronghold against the death of winter.

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Why Horror?
By Val Muller

As the author of a light-hearted mystery series for kids, people have been asking me lately, “why horror?” Some seem surprised that mild-mannered Val would write about ghosts and murder and a bad man who seeks everyone’s demise.
The reason I like horror is the same reason I like 1984 by George Orwell. In 1984, Winston’s spirit is tested to its breaking point—and it breaks. The novel does not follow the typical formula of an archetypal tale. There is no return to home with a new mastery of the world—at least, not in the traditional sense. 1984 ends in what I consider the most despairing final scene in literature. Though the tone of the last chapter is calm and happy, the irony between tone and content is horrifying: Winston has been completely broken down by months (years?) of torture and brainwashing, and he is convinced that the enemy of all mankind’s freedoms, Big Brother, a being/idea he once detested, is there solely for his benefit. In the end, his spirit is completely broken. He loves Big Brother, and he cries tears of happiness that he has finally been saved from himself and his horrible thoughts of freedom.
For me, 1984 is a wake-up call. Sure, it’s a hyperbole (at least for now!), but each time I read it, which is at least once per year, I get chills. I imagine all the horrible things that might become of our society, and I appreciate what I have all the more. I take more deliberate steps to educate myself about things that could, at some point, turn our world into an Orwellian nightmare.
Horror has the same effect on me. When I read horror (and I prefer psychological, suspense horror—not hack-and-slash horror), I am awakened from the banality of life. In Faulkner’s Apprentice, Lorei is stuck in a rut, working dead-end jobs in hopes of making it big as a writer. She gets annoyed at her friends (whose lives seem to be coming together rather nicely), but she doesn’t quite appreciate all that she has going for her. When the bad man enters her life, Lorei is awakened. When the bad man threatens her mother’s ailing mind, Lorei realizes how much she has taken her mother for granted. When the bad man tempts Lorei with a taste of success, Lorei realizes just how much she wants to achieve success that she was previously unwilling to work for. Though it happens in a disturbing, sometimes gruesome, way, the horror in Faulkner’s Apprentice awakens Lorei.
I don’t like the Saw movies at all. I have never been able to get through an entire one (at least, not without looking away), and I never tried to make it past Saw II. But I completely “get” the premise (at least, as far as I understand it from the limited amount of screen-time I was able to see). The mastermind in Saw who tortures people has a somewhat admirable motive at its core: he wants his victims to truly appreciate life, and he believes that by pushing them to the brink of death, he will achieve his goal. Granted, the way he goes about teaching them to appreciate life is illegal, immoral, demented, despicable, and disgusting. Yes, so disturbing that I can’t even bear to watch. But the point of those films is a hyperbole of the point I am making here. Horror pushes us to the edges of our comfort zone with the goal of awakening us from the blending-together of days in our lives.
With so much technology and so many conveniences, it’s easy for the days to blend into each other, for years to happen without our consent. Horror, for me, is an alarm clock, a wake up that pushes us to—in the words of Thoreau—live deliberately.
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English teacher by day, writer by night, Val grew up in cold and haunted New England, which seems to have colored her works with a tinge of the macabre. She currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two corgis, a rambunctious and curious dog named Leia, and a kind and obedient (yet terrified) dog named Yoda. Val writes for children and adults and, when not performing her day job as an English teacher, attends book events and elementary schools to conduct writing workshops.

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I wanna Thank Yout to Val for being on my blog today and Thank You to Jaidis for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway.
~Sabrina




Monday, April 29, 2013

Finding Hope Blog Tour


I am so excited to be participating in this tour. I loved the cover and the novella was just enough to pull me in to this world and leave me wanting book two. There is an excerpt, my review, and awesome giveaway so let's get started and meet the author Krystal.


Krystal Shannan is a born, raised, and current TEXAN. She is married to a wonderful man who supports her dream of writing and allows her to spend many evening and weekend hours glued to her laptop. During the day she moonlights as an elementary music teacher. In addition to a doting husband, a young daughter is also part of the picture and keeps her hopping! An ornery little Welsh Corgi completes the household.
Krystal has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She has always dreamed of writing romance and sharing the "movies in her head" with the world. If she's not writing, she's reading -historical, paranormal, action, adventure -anything she can get her hands on that ends with a Happily Ever After!
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Warning: The plot thickens with a passel of pissed off Olympians, but Ares and Aphrodite are in for a double dose of trouble! More Olympians join the mix in Finding Hope: Pool of Souls Book 2. A jewel addict, a kick-ass possibly-virgin huntress, and an insatiable ancient oracle are just a few. But don’t worry; Ares and Aphrodite are still front and center.
Addison Connelly has given up on men. She is disappointed yet again when her best friend tries to play matchmaker, and the match falls flat…or does it? Her friend knows all Addison needs is a chance, a little hope, and maybe a dropkick in the right direction. With an extra push from Aphrodite, will this lonely soul learn to trust again? Or will she run from the only man who could make her happy?
Adrian Colter, Nashville Police Detective and certifiable bachelor, puts his foot in his mouth in a big way when his roommate’s fiancĂ© tries to match him up with her best friend. After making a horrible first impression, can he earn the trust of a woman who won’t speak a civil word to him?

Adrian isn’t the only one trying to earn the trust of a beautiful woman. While Ares fights to rebuild the trust he lost thousands of years ago with the Goddess of Love, his parents do what they do best —show off their greed and selfishness. Will he find the hope and forgiveness he so desperate seeks or will his parents destroy his chance at happiness?

Excerpt:
The hairs on Aphrodite’s arms tingled.  She could sense his essence in her palace. It reached for hers. Besides Dionysus, Ares was the only other Olympian with a pass through the wards to enter her palace uninvited.
Sure enough, moments later, Ares came strolling into her bedroom.  She turned from the window where she’d been staring out into the garden. Since the strange feeling she’d gotten the other day, she had kept a very close watch on the garden. Her wards were in place, but still she worried over them as a mother worries over her children.
Ares slid his hands down her shoulders, along her arms, and came to a stop on either hip.  He pulled her against his hard, muscled chest, his erection hot and throbbing against the small of her back.
Gods, she had missed him.  He had been off Olympus for almost three weeks. Her body trembled in response, and white tendrils of her essence crept outward to intertwine with his red.
“I have missed you, Ditee.” His voice rumbled low in his chest.
Red tendrils of his essence began weaving through hers, entwining around her body. It was like wearing a full body vibrator –if one could imagine such a thing.
She twisted in his grasp to face him and draped her arms around his neck. He bent down and took her mouth. His tongue danced with hers. He tasted of sandalwood and spice. She pulled away and looked up into his brown eyes. Flecks of red glowed brightly in the irises.  At the height of passion they would change completely to a brilliant crimson, just as her blue eyes would chance to an iridescent white. In that one moment, the moment of ecstasy, a god was vulnerable and unguarded, their essence could blend, linking them forever. But the risk was worth the pleasure of the reward. True ecstasy was difficult to find as an immortal or human.

My Review:
I loved this story so much. Even though I enjoyed Addison and Adrian’s story line for me my favorite part is Aphrodite and Ares. We really get to see more of their relationship in this part.

Addison and Adrian are soul mates who have missed each other over many lifetimes but this time around they have some help from the Goddess of love herself Aphrodite. But they need to get past the scars from previous relationships if they have any chance of connecting in this lifetime.

I really enjoyed that we get more history in this book compared to the novella that sets up this series. Adrian is just a great hero I loved watching him put his foot in his mouth around Addison. Addison is defiantly the right girl to keep Adrian on his feet. But as I stated before as much as I loved the main couple what kept me turning the pages and loving this book was Aphrodite and Ares. I am so hoping for a book just about them.
4/5 Bloody Fangs 

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I wanna say Thank You to Krystal for letting me review your book and Thank You to RBTL for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway.
~Sabrina



Cover Reveal for Moonlight by Lisa Kessler

I am so excited to be participating in the cover reveal for Moonlight by Lisa Kessler. The cover is SEXY and it sounds so good. I can't wait to buy it and start reading. But first let's read the synopsis:

Synopsis:


Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.


Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.



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How Sexy is that cover and the synopsis sounds so good. I can't wait for this book to release so I can read it. Thank you to Lisa for letting me participate in the cover reveal.
~Sabrina





Friday, April 26, 2013

In A Heartbeat Blog Tour


When I got asked to participate in this tour and review this book I had no idea just how much I would fall in love with this book and that it would take a hold of my heart and soul. But I am so happy it has. So let's get started and meet the amazing author Teodora and learn about her book In A Heartbeat.

Author Bio:

Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a five year old.


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Stella

“I’ve been in and out of hospitals for the past ten months. I’ve had half my liver removed and even though this time the doctors are very optimistic that they’ve removed all of the tumours, they can’t be sure. In another three months they want me here again for a check up. Right now I feel better than I’ve ever felt. I know the damn thing is gone, at least for the moment. Despite that, I can’t make any plans for the future, not yet. I need to go somewhere where nobody knows me, where I can relax and maybe even forget about all this. Where I can meet people who don’t think of me as the girl who lost her father and her brother in a car accident, and who has cancer. I want to have fun, even if it’s for a couple of months.” 


When Stella decides to visit her estranged cousin Lisa in Genoa, she has no idea Italy will give her a new reason to live.



Max


“Her gaze locked on a scene so beautiful, the picturesque beach paled in comparison. A lifeguard emerged from the water, his orange trunks stuck to his legs and water dripping all over him. He shook his head to get rid of some of the water in his hair and Stella felt as if everything started developing in slow motion – tiny drops of water slid from his neck down his broad chest and muscular arms, along a weaving tattoo on his right shoulder, and continued downwards towards his chest and washboard stomach, finally getting lost in the waistband of his trunks. A part of another tattoo peeked over his trunks on his left hip, the other part hidden under them. It was a total Baywatch moment.”


Their love is epic. But there are too many things keeping them apart.


“How could you keep this from me, Lisa? If you had told me the first day I met him, I would have avoided him like the plague. Nothing would have happened between us.”
“I kept your secrets, too, Stella.”


Are Max and Stella strong enough to fight not only for their love, but for their lives?


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My Review:
OMG!! WOW this book is amazing and I honestly don’t think I can do justice in this review or even explain to you just how much this book has affected me deep down into my soul and will stay with me forever.

When I got asked to review this book I knew from the synopsis that I would like it but I had no idea that I would fall in love with not only the characters but the story itself. Or that I would find myself so consumed by the characters story line that it would be bring so many emotions out in me. I am not an emotional reader and can count on one hand how many books that have touched me deep into my soul and have fingers left. In A Heartbeat has been counted as one of those very rare books for me. So let me try to explain just why thus book has grabbed a hold of my heart and soul so deeply.

Teodora’s writing is so beautiful that she paints pictures with her writing and makes you feel like you are actually in Italy seeing all these beautiful sites from walking on the beach to going to a dance club and having fun. She brings out all these emotions from you right along with the characters. You feel their laughter, hurt, anger, disappointment, and love right with them as if you’re going through it.

The characters are just as amazing as the scenery of Italy. Stella is a heroine who is so real and so strong which helps her with the struggles she is facing in this story. I could see myself hanging out with her and being close friends with her. And our hero Max is just breath taking. He is truly what dreams are made of and his love for Stella just left me breathless. The connection between them is so beautiful and full of passion that it will pull at your heart and soul and leave you just sighing. 

It’s not all happy in their world as secrets come out and hearts are betrayed but as I kept reading I kept finding myself holding my breath and just has Teodora had ripped out and shredded my heart and I couldn’t take anymore I kept reading to see if there would be a happy ever after but I am not going to tell you that. You have to read this amazing epic book yourself to find out. 
5/5 Bloody Fangs

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I wanna say Thank you to Teodora for letting me review your book and to the ladies of Tsk Tsk What To Read for letting me participate in this blog tour.
~Sabrina

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Night Demon Blog Tour


I am so happy to be on this tour. I love the first two books in this series and this one does not disappoint at all. Every book just keeps getting better. So let's get started and meet Lisa and learn about her Night Walker men.

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Guest Post:

An Ode to eBooks…

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to be at Sabrina's Paranormal Palace today!  Thanks for having me…

I’ve been a book lover ever since I could read.  Our local library used to have a 3 item limit to check out books, but they gave me a special red card so I had permission to check out 10 items at a time.  (I thought I was hot stuff, lemme tell ya!)

I love scanning book covers, reading blurbs, and finding new authors or a new series.  But I have a secret to share…

I’m desperately in love with my Kindle!  *insert B-movie horror scream*

My Kindle affair started when my Mom got me a Kindle for my birthday a couple years ago.  I was very curious about the “eBook craze”, but I was fairly certain I would only use the Kindle for books that were only available in eBook format.

But once I started reading on it, I fell in love.  The type was larger, I read faster, I never lost my place or had to hunt for something to mark my pages, and it was completely hands-free.  I think it was the hands-free that ended up winning me over. 

Since I write full-time, my reading time is precious and often while I’m eating my lunch. I never realized what a pain it was to keep my book propped open while trying to eat a sandwich!  My Kindle eliminated the crazy contortions needed to keep my elbow pressed against the spine of the book to hold it open while I munched my sandwich.  Magic!  It lies on the table, with its larger font and I just press one button to flip the page.

I was in love.
But for weeks, I felt like I’d gone to the dark side.  My love for my kindle was so strong that I downloaded some books into my Kindle that I already owned in paperback on my TBR pile because I knew I’d never again crack open that paperback and do battle while trying to eat my lunch.  It took some time before I was able to hold my head high and tell others that “I love reading on my Kindle!”

These days I’m proud of my eBook obsession, and my latest book, Night Demon, is an eBook only release. While I do still yearn to hold the paperback, I love reading it on my eReader and I get so jazzed seeing readers proudly displaying their eBook love! J  You can see some of the photos posted here Night Series 

So what about you?  Do you have an eReader?  Do you love it?  Let me know… 
Lisa
I love to meet readers online so feel free to connect with me!


Deep within the Yucatan jungle, a demon has awakened...
Gretchen Finch’s job would be much easier if she weren’t alone in the jungle with a brilliant recluse whose every glance sets her on fire. But the more she focuses on her work, the closer she gets to unlocking the mysteries of a terrible creature—the Night Demon—that threatens the world as she knows it. Though her scientific mind tells her it’s impossible, she’s beginning to believe the ancient Mayan tales as the sinister jungle comes alive around her.
Lukas Smith has spent hundreds of years searching for answers to his immortal Night Walker nature. As a series of ancient glyphs become clear, he’s about to find out more than he’d ever hoped, but the more he learns, the more his fate intertwines with the Night Demon, and the harder it becomes to hide his immortal secret from the beautiful, intelligent Gretchen.
Together, they must find a way to stop the inexplicable violence and mass destruction surging across the earth before the Night Demon destroys more than just mankind.
My Review:
OMG!! I did NOT think I would love this series anymore then I already do but Lisa has proved me wrong yet again with this book and the oh so SEXY Lukas. 


I loved the first two books so much but Night Demon is much darker and sexier then the first two and that is saying something because I never thought I could love any of the Night Walkers more then Callisto but that is until I starting reading this book and Lukas came in. He is my favorite now of all the guys and once you read this book and meet him you will understand as I can’t even describe him without spoiling him for you. Gretchen is the perfect match for Lukas they are just great together. My only complaint is I wish they would have come together sooner but when they do it is HOT!

I highly recommend this series to any lover of vampire books. Lisa has put such a new and exciting twist on them that she will leave you begging her for the next book and wanting to know if these Night Walker men can get any SEXIER? I know for me I hope they do. 
5/5 Bloody Fangs


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I wanna say Thank You to Lisa for letting me review your book and for letting me be on the tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway.
~Sabrina


Darkness Kindled


 Ari Johnson wishes adjusting to living with her boyfriend was her only source of excitement and anxiety.

She wishes a lot of things.
But then wishing was what got her here in the first place.


Ari chose to be a Guild Hunter. She wanted to hunt dangerous Jinn and destroy them before they could harm innocent people. But now that Ari is a member of The Guild, she finds herself in the impossible position of hunting her ex-best friend – human-turned-dangerous sorcerer, Charlie Creagh. As Ari struggles to come to terms with her duty, an ancient Jinn and his companion want revenge on her for using the command of the Seal against them; the White King refuses to give up on his quest to resurrect Lilif, and Asmodeus isn’t done toying with her.



When Ari can take no more, rushing to the Sultan Azazil’s side to demand of him the favor he owes her, the events she sets in motion will not only alter everyone’s lives, it will kindle a darkness that will shake the realms to their very core.


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About the Author
Samantha Young is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET.


She is a 27 year old Scottish book addict that graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. She studied ancient and medieval history at uni, and it was in her  first year there, in the middle of a classical literature lecture, that she first came up with the idea for The Tale of Lunarmorte. She’s  been writing since as long as she can remember, and she writes in a number of genres including romance, paranormal, urban fantasy, fantasy, and contemporary.

She loves pulling pieces of historical fact (or mythology) and twisting it to fit my stories, and she is more than thankful her degree is being put to good use in her writing. She began self-publishing in 2011 and now writes full time. 


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Fire Spirits Series (books 1-3)

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One lucky winner will win an ebook set of the Fire Spirits series (Books 1-4)
4 winners will win an ebook copy of Darkness Kindled


Saturday, April 20, 2013

How I Lost You Blog Tour


I am so happy I got to read this book and participate in this blog tour. On this stop there is my review, he music playlist for the book (which has great music on it), and a giveaway. So let's get started and meet the author Janet.

 Janet lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a little dog named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot. 

Janet only gives 5 stars to the books she reviews because she is an author herself and knows that no book can appeal to everyone, but like a child, it is very special to the creator.

I'M NOT HER was published by Sourcebooks Teen Fire in May 2011. 

IF I TELL released Oct 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Teen Fire.

WHO I KISSED Sourcebooks Fire 2012.

Janet's work will also appear in the THE FIRST TIME anthology, DEAR TEEN ME anthology and WHO DONE IT anthology.

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There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Buds Before Studs. Sisters Before Misters. But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected. And suddenly the person who's always been there starts to need the favor returned. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive. And the answer is not what they expected.

My Review:
Kya and Grace are what the definition of best friends is. They are always there for one another through everything. Their motto is “Buds Before Studs” and nothing will ever change that for them. That is until some unexpected challenges come their way and it has them questions if their friendship is as strong as they always thought it was.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I think it’s a story we can all relate to. We all have that one friend who we can call on no matter what and they will help us. And most of us keep that friendship our whole lives and it felt like it was going to be that way for Kya and Grace until one friend did the other wrong. This story really hit home for me as I can relate to having a friendship like this the only difference is what tears Kya and Grace apart is different from my own friendship. I kept finding myself having to take a break from reading because it brought back all the emotions and memories of a friendship that wasn’t what I thought it would be.

Janet’s writing is so pure and she really makes you feel the struggles that Kya and Grace are going through. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages as it’s a powerful book of friendship and the loss we can all feel when we lose that friend. 4/5 Bloody Fangs



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Music Playlist:
1     Everyone Wants To Be Like You- Snow
    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun- Cindy Lauper
    My Life Would Suck Without You- Kelly Clarkson
    Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
    Tonight Tonight
6     Hey Ya- Outkast
    Don’t Stop the Party- Pitbull
    Shake It – Metro Station
    Good Thing- Fine Young Cannibals
10     Call Me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepson
11     Poker Face- Gaga
12     Because Of You- Kelly Clarkson
13     It’s Time- Imagine Dragons
14     Good-Bye Avril Lavigne

    If you want to listen to the music go HERE 
      
    I would like to say Thank you to Janet for letting me review your book and Thank you to Jean for letting me participate in this blog tour. Make sure you check out all the other stops on this TOUR and don't forget to enter the giveaway.
      ~Sabrina


Friday, April 19, 2013

Before You Go Blog Tour


I am so happy to be participating in this tour with Book Nerd Tours. On my stop there is a spotlight, my review, and awesome giveaway. So let's get started and meet the author Clare James.

Author Bio:

Clare James spent her childhood writing, reading, and dancing. Not much has changed since then, except she can no longer get up on toe shoes like she once could. And don’t even ask her to go into the splits because she may never get back up.

 A new adult and contemporary romance writer, Clare loves a happy ending. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son. BEFORE YOU GO is her debut new adult novel. 

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Paralyzed by the past and terrified of the future, Tabitha Kelly is broken.

After a public sex scandal at her college, Tabby moves to a new city with a new school, convinced she can start over. But she soon realizes the changes are not enough. Tabby must take action to help her heal and move on from the past.

And though it sounds crazy, she believes a one-night stand is the best way to take back what’s hers. If she can choose where, when, and most importantly, who … maybe she can regain control.

First, she needs a willing participant.

She finds more than that when she meets Noah Adler.

Unfortunately, she can’t go through with it. And when she tries to forget about the plan—and the guy—it becomes impossible.

Noah quickly weaves his way into her new life and her heart. But as he comes dangerously close to discovering her secret, Tabby’s at risk of losing it all.

My Review:
This book is not what I expected after reading the synopsis but with that said the author handles the subject of sexual assault well.

Tabitha’s life gets turned upside down one night at a party where she is sexually assaulted. After moving to a new town and starting at a new college Tabby vows to take her life back by being the one in control. She sets out to have a one night stand on her terms to show she isn’t damaged and can move one with her life and be normal. She meets Noah at a bar and selects him as her guy for the night but things don’t go as planned and when Tabby tries to back out, Noah finds a way not only into her life but her heart as well. But the one secret she is so desperate to keep from him he finds out. Now the one person Tabitha needs the most might be the one to walk away after learning of her dark secret.

I was really surprised reading this book. I didn’t think I would get as emotional as I did. I connected to Tabitha on such a strong personal level even though I have never gone through what she did in the book. But Clare writes her heroine so well that we can feel every emotion from Tabby right along with her from her fear, anger, desperation, love, and finally acceptance of everything that happened to her. Noah is such a strong character as well. From the moment he came into the book there was just something about him that made me love him instantly. He is so good with Tabby trying to help her through her issue even when he doesn’t know why she pulls away and needs the control. I really loved the connection with all the characters but what made this book so good for me was seeing how Tabitha gets back what she lost that night and it’s something we all need which is love ourselves first and to know we are worth loving. 
5/5 Bloody Fangs



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 I want to say Thank you to Clare for letting me review your book and to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Make sure you visit all the stops on the TOUR and enter the giveaway.
~Sabrina