Thursday, October 31, 2013

[October Recap]

Well it's the end of October and of course - Halloween! I'm sitting at my office desk dressed as zombie farmer and trying to type this lol I'm so excited for next month to start and have been loving fall so far! I didn't read as many books as I would have liked to but I am excited for the reads that I have finished. You can see some of the books that are the best/worst by the 5 star rating. Enjoy!

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)Where the Stars Still ShineParasite (Parasitology, #1)

SiaThe Fairest of Them All
Freak of Nature (IFICS, #1)RobocalypseBold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy, #3)

Hidden (Hidden Series, #1)Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always

October favorite! FREEBIE ON AMAZON!!!

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)
I really loved this book and honestly hope that everyone reads it! The author made this book free on Amazon to enjoy the ending of "Hopeless" Series. It's really short but you will not regret it!! Just click on the picture and it will take you to the Amazon link :)

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[Promo Blitz] Chosen by Paulina Ulrich

Goodreads | Releases October 31, 2013
New Adult Paranormal Romance
Fighting Fate Series, Book 1


Nothing can stand in the way of outspoken, rule-breaker-extraordinaire, Kaddy Richston…except destiny. Born with wildly colored hair and piercing gray eyes Kaddy knew she was different, but she set her sights on her ambitious dreams of being in a rock band and leaving her small town behind along with the painful memories of her past.

But destiny has other plans for her. 

When the calm, cool, and always collected Cole Huntington enters her life he takes a strange interest in her, his striking blue eyes never wandering far from her every move. Despite her efforts to push him away, he plans on unraveling every single one of Kaddy’s dark secrets even though he has some of his own. 

Despising each other from the start, Kaddy is determined to undermine whatever intentions he has until she learns of a destiny she never asked for. The fate of the world lies in her hands as she learns how different she really is. The only person she can turn to for answers is the last person she’d want help from: Cole Huntington who seems to dislike her rule-breaking as much as she dislikes his rule-following.

Sometimes destiny sucks.

“Kaddy, wait.” I heard Mike trailing me as I turned out of the Wheel Barrel.

            I pressed a hand to my temple and sighed. “Yeah?”

            “You okay? I know you didn’t get a lot of sleep last night.” Mike scratched the back of his head and looked down at me, worried. “Maybe some lunch will help.”

            “What I need is sleep, and what needs to happen is for me to stop having these stupid night terrors.” I leaned back against the hot brick building for a moment.

            “You can’t help it. It’s not your fault.” Mike leaned on his shoulder next to me, his hands deep in his apron pockets.

            “I know, but I hate it. Why can’t they stop?” I smacked my hand to my forehead and sighed. Against my palm, my skin felt too warm. Was I getting sick? Great. It was the last thing I needed. “Do I feel warm to you?” I dropped my hand and looked over at Mike, giving him permission to touch me with a simple confirmation from my eyes.

            Slowly raising his arm, the back of his hand pressed against my cheek. “Damn, Kaddy. You’re burning up! Do you feel all right?”

            I shrugged. I did feel all right, just a little warm. “I feel fine. I need some sleep. Promise to plan on going to bed early tonight?” I doubted he would keep this promise. He and I always stayed up late writing music.

            Mike got a playful glint in his eye. “You know I’m a night owl. No promises there.”

            I sighed and rolled my eyes. “We both are.”

            Mike still had his hand pressed against my cheek until it shifted up to tug his gray beanie down on my forehead. “Maybe it’s just my awesome hat that’s making you overheat. Who wears a beanie in August?” he joked and I playfully scowled at him as I readjusted the knitted beanie.

            “Oh, I’m sure that’s it,” I laughed and gave him a gentle punch on the arm.

            “Whoa.” He took a step back. “You been working out or something? That hurt.” Mike held his upper arm like I had socked it with everything I had. I stood there waiting with my “really?” look and raised my eyebrows in anticipation for his mischievous face to appear. If Mike was anything, he was a jokester. Just like I expected, a few seconds later, he cracked a smile on his lips and started laughing.

            “You always think your little jokes are hilarious!” Even when I rolled my eyes, I couldn’t stop his infectious laughter from causing me to laugh.

            “Kadster, we know I tell the best jokes. I eat sarcasm for breakfast every day.” He winked and wrapped his arm around my shoulders. I didn’t shy from his touch.

            “So do I, but no one but you find anything I say funny.” I looked up at him as he walked me to the corner of the block, the direction of home. Only Mike called me the Kadster. Actually, he had a lot of nicknames for me and I didn’t mind it. He was one of the few I would let getaway with calling me things other than my name.

            “It’s because everyone is just jealous of the awesome friendship we’ve had since we were eight. Haters gonna hate.” He shrugged and his other hand pretended to dust off his shoulder. Mike was the only friend I counted on for anything. Long ago, we made a pact, and so far, he’s kept every word he promised to keep.

Paulina Ulrich

I have always loved writing, telling stories, and the idea of dreaming big because where I come from, you dream big or you don't dream at all. I'm a full-time author with my slightly insane cat, Juey, who is always happy to keep me company as he so often thinks he can lay on my keyboard to "assist" my writing. I write stories because life wouldn't be as fun without the occasional break from reality. I am the author of the YA paranormal romance Flightless Bird series, the mature YA/New Adult paranormal romance Fighting Fate series and many more stories to come. When I'm not writing it's either because I ran out of iced tea, I'm out 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

[Waiting on Wednesday] (13)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming books that we eagerly anticipate and cannot wait to get here!

"Perfect Lie" - TeresA Mummert

Perfect Lie
Expected Publication: 12-17-2013
Delilah (Lie) didn't fit in at high school. She was an outcast and had fallen for the only boy who didn't treat her like she was nothing. Her entire world crashed down around her when Brock made a choice that would cause her to never trust again. 

College is her chance to spread her wings and become the person she always wanted to be and to leave her past behind her. Her world is flipped upside down when she meets Abel, a quiet surfer from California. Unfortunately, she will have to face her past if she ever hopes to have a future with him. 

How far would you go to fit in?


First of all - who doesn't love a good lie? Lies sell! And if its a pretty girl pretending to be someone she's not? Come on! I want to know what the lie is! & The cover is so beautiful, I've always been a sucker for pretty cover *sigh* hopeless...


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[Book Blitz] Dark Winter by John Hennessy

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Dark WinterDark Winter
by John Hennessy
Release Date: October 9th, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:
Romilly Winter is no ordinary heroine, just a reluctant one.
She has a gift. She can see the future. But can she see far enough? The world in which she lives is under attack – the dead are rising, and evil follows her at every turn.
Will she be able to save herself – and the world?

From the Diary of Romilly Winter, October 14th. 
"I’ve had two years to prepare for this. In that time, I have never told a soul. Of course, my Nan knew. She’d bequeathed me the mirror, after all. 
Now, maybe tonight, tomorrow, in a few days, the event that I don’t want to happen with all my heart, will come to pass. I’m not ready. I know I’m not ready, and yet, it will happen nonetheless. 
Nan had this thing in her possession for nearly seventy years. She had told me I simply had to be at Rosewinter, prior to my sixteenth birthday no matter what objections my parents raised. She said I was ‘special’, and was the only one equipped to deal with what was coming. 
The problem is, I don’t feel special, I just feel…different, and in all probability, that isn't going to be good enough. 
In just two days time, I will be sixteen years old, and if anything my Nan said is remotely true, I will be lucky to survive that long…"

About the Author
My first book was published in 2011. Whilst I am working on a follow up, I've been interested in all sorts of genres, and I will pretty much read anything.

In 2012, I completed a first draft of an epic fantasy novel and hope to release it in 2013. Closer to release in 2013 is 'Dark Winter' - a paranormal horror aimed at the YA/NA market. 

If that's you, and you are planning to / have read the book (s) let me know, I'll always be happy to hear from you.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

[Top Ten Tuesday] (8) *Halloween Edition*

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. 

This Week's Topic: Top Ten Best Books To Read for Halloween!

CoralineCoraline by Neil Gaiman
This is always gonna be my favorite read, specially after they made that movie based on this book. It was totally creepy and even though I don't know why children would ever want to watch it, it's the perfect for this holiday!


Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
I get the creeps just looking at this book cover! I never got chance to read this one but it is on my to-read list on Goodreads and someday I will hehe The rating for this book is really high and I heard many good things about it so this would be perfect for Halloween. 

The Replacement
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff 
Story about a boy who is trying to survive in the human world but used to living in paranormal world of creatures is interesting. This is something that is still on my to-read list, but that's something I'm definitely looking forward on reading.

Substitute Creature (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School, #4)Substitute Creature by Charles Gilman
I don't know who this cover artist is or who did this photoshoot but they did a perfect job of making this creepy. Spending the night inside of school with a mysterious substitute teacher is honestly a disaster to happen. 


Ground Zero: A Zombie ApocalypseGround Zero by Nicholas Ryan
What is Halloween without the zombies?? This one was just released and seems like it's going good with the score on Goodreads.  Totally creepy!

Holes for FacesHoles for Face by Ramsey Campbell
One of the short stories by Campbell which is a genius when it comes to horror stories! Gonna have to pick couple of them up for my collection for Halloween :)

Within WallsWithin Walls by J. B. Kay
Nightmares that seem awfully close to reality is always a scary subject to read about and I honestly really wanna check this out. For YA book, I'm curious if there's going to be any romance or it's going to be just straight up creepy. 

What's on your list today? Leave the link below so I can stop by and check it out!! Happy Tuesday! xoxo

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[Book Blitz + Giveaway] When Stars Die by Amber Forbes

When Stars Die
by Amber Forbes
Release Date: 10/22/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Amelia Gareth's brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They're searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch's signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?

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Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn't like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward...again. But she doesn't care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

[Cover Reveal] Alex's Destiny by Amy Gregory

Alex's Destiny
by Amy Gregory
Release Date: 11/01/13
Publisher: Contemporary Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Her destiny was written for her, long before she was ever born. She embraced it, wanting nothing more than to give everything within her back to the sport in which she was considered royalty. Her family’s legacy would live on, revered by all. And she thrived on the long work days she spent teaching at the academy her blood was tied to. Alexandra Sterling needed that dirt track as much as she needed her next breath.

That same track was the one that drew in a young student years before. Alex had given her heart away the day they met, knowing that he belonged to only her. For years she’d waited, knowing without a single doubt that he’d make her his when the time was right.

But…she’d never asked Dallas if he felt the same way.

Her hurt leaves her vulnerable, her days dark and her instincts dulled. After one night of hell, Alex is lost. Her world is crumbling around her, and without her lifeline and best friend beside her anymore, there’s nothing to keep her from sinking with it.

Dallas Hunter is a pro rider on the motocross circuit, following in the footsteps of his father Eli. For Dallas, it’s always been Alex, but he’s kept his feelings locked away out of fear, his love for their family, his biggest obstacle.

One short and chilling phone call to her puts him on high alert. Knowing something is terribly wrong sends him racing across the country, back home, back to her. But what he finds almost kills him.

Now he’s watching her slip away right before his very eyes. Figuring out how to help Alex before it’s too late, might turn out to be harder than any race he’s ever ridden. And he has to do it with his team and sponsors screaming at him from the other side, trying to pull him back to the world he’s dedicated his entire life to.

Dallas knows he has to help his best friend, the woman he loves…and do it without tearing his family apart.

About the Author
Amy GregoryWhen asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times. She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!

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