Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Busted in Bollywood by Nicola Marsh


Title: Busted in Bollywood
Author: Nicola Marsh
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Courtesy of NetGalley
Expected Publication: December 6, 2011

Synopsis:

Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else’s.

Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend’s whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiancé her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she’s mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, and busted by the blackmailing fiancé. Life is less complicated in New York.

Or so she thinks, until the entourage of crazies follows her to the Big Apple and that’s when the fun really begins. Shari deals with a blossoming romance, an addiction to Indian food and her first movie role, while secretly craving another trip to the mystical land responsible for sparking her new lease on life. Returning to her Indian birthplace, she has an epiphany. Maybe the happily-ever-after of her dreams isn’t so far away?

Busted in Bollywood was just what I needed after a week-long reading marathon. I needed something light, fun, and sexy with a whole load of drama thrown into mix. Written in first person, Shari draws you into her journey to Mumbai, India to dump her best friends arranged-fiance. Ms. Marsh does a wonderful job bringing you into the Indian culture. Explicit details about their food, customs, and of course...the world of movie making in India.

We find Shari Jones with a broken-heart and downing mojitoes with her best friend, Amrita Muthu. Shari has agreed to travel from New York to India to impersonate Amrita. Amrita's parents have promised her to a man she has no desire to meet, much less marry. Interesting part is...she hasn't even seen his picture, throwing it in the trash when her parents gave it to her. Now, Rakesh, said sorta-fiance, is much smarter than Amrita or Shari gives him credit for - not to mention rich.

Shari arrives in Mumbai and meets Amjali...Amrita's crazy aunt. Her aunt is on the facade and has her own reasons for helping. Amjali is fantastically funny and left me laughing out loud on several occasions. She is a fiercely protective woman, placing herself directly in the lions den in order to save her niece from a lifetime of regret. She believes Amrita should be allowed to make her own decisions about love.

Once Shari meets Rakesh, she realizes that Amrita must meet him...and not just because he knows Shari isn't Amrita...but because he is simply amazing. Funny, rich, handsome, smart...everything any woman would want. However, a serious issue arises when Shari agrees to continue with the charade so neither family becomes suspicious. Someone enters the picture that could ruin everything, all the while, sweeping Shari off her feet. Someone else knows that Shari is not Rakesh's beloved Amrita. Someone else who is funny, rich, handsome, smart, and sexy-as-hell.

Once back in America, things begin to take off. Romances blossom, parents come out of the woodwork, drama arises, sex ensues. You know...all that fun stuff.

I enjoyed this book immensely. The only complaint I have is that it started off entirely too slow. I need books to get right down to it. The first couple of chapters were fluff...stuff I could have lived without. Now, with that said, Ms. Marsh knows how to keep the sexual tension flowing and the pages turning. Rama Mama is someone I hope I never meet in person.

*This book was provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley as an uncorrected e-proof in exchange for my honest review.

The Dark Fae by Terry Spear


Title: The Dark Fae
Author: Terry Spear
Independently Published
Published: May 12, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis:

Alicia's always known she's different--that she can recognize the mischievous fae when they show up to "play" with the humans. Only now she's faced with one highly annoyed dark fae and she's certain he knows the truth about her. She can see him, which means her life is forfeit.

Add to that, his sister arrives, who wants to play, too. And their mother, the queen of the Denkar, will want Alicia's head, once she learns what Alicia can do.

And all because Alicia was attempting to rescue her friend, Cassie, on their beach excursion at South Padre Island, from the wicked fae. Now, Alicia has really gone and done it--and she's thinking she should have let the fae have his fun. Her friend's broken heart would be a lot easier to deal with, than Alicia losing her life.

But it is too late for regrets. As soon as she threw the soda at the dark fae's chest, she had declared war on the fae. And he is happy to take up the challenge.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love all things Fae. Heck, I even tease my daughters, telling them that my flower bed is a secret faerie garden. When asked by Terry Spears to review The Dark Fae, I jumped at the chance, not to be disappointed. I adored that part of the story took place at South Padre Island...I am from Texas after all, plus I adore the ocean. Deveron and Alicia were fun as guides in their crazy world.

Alicia has always known she can see Fae but she has never known how deeply her sight is implanted in her. When she sees "the evil" dark fae flirting with her best friend, Alicia throws ice cold coke on him. I would have paid to see his face...especially since he is fae royalty. Deveron realizes immediately that there is something different about Alicia. Through several laugh provoking experiments, he figures out that she can see even invisible fae. It doesn't take him long to figure out she needs protection and he is the only one who can help; neither of them know exactly what they are getting themselves into.

While I definitely enjoyed this fantastical tale, I didn't find the world as intriguing as I would have liked. There was something missing that didn't pull me deep into the story. 

The Dark Fae was a quick and fun story. I loved the interaction between Deveron, Alicia, and Ritasia (Deveron's sister). They were quirky, quick-witted, and exciting.  

*I was given an e-book copy of The Dark Fae  by Terry Spear in exchange for my honest review.

Across Eternity by Aris Whittier

Title: Across Eternity
Author: Aris Whittier
Independently Published
Published: March 11, 2011
Genre: Romance

Synopsis:

Born a genius; education, wealth, and prestige came easy to Logan Richards. Actually, there wasn’t much that Logan couldn’t learn or acquire. However, he knew there was more to life than money and power. Logan was determined to find the woman who he'd dreamed of his entire life and know what it was like to love her before he died.

Amber Lewis, a waitress for a five-star restaurant in, Dana Point, California, was overworked, stressed, and wary of life since her sister, Heather, had passed away. Then, one evening while working she fell hopelessly in love with Logan Richards, a chivalrous man who felt deeply familiar.

For Amber, it was the beginning of a voyage of self-discovery and renewal. For Logan, it was the completion of life. For each of them it was the deepest sort of love.

Across Eternity is a beautifully written love story revolving around two soul mates who cross paths in every lifetime. Logan has spent most of his current life waiting for Amber. He sees versions of her in his dreams but never imagines that he will find her working in one of his restaurants. Their initial meeting made me laugh. Amber was so funny and feisty, never allowing Logan an easy exit. She knew immediately that he was hiding something from her and she wasn't patient about finding out his secret. However, Logan is a man practiced in patience and he made sure that Amber learned things when she needed to know them. One of these secrets made me want to through the book across the floor in heart-ache; however, I was reading on my Nook and I didn't want to break it.

This story had me laughing out loud at times and left me crying my eyes out at other times. This wonderfully written romance pulls you along on Logan and Amber's journey. The world that Ms. Whittier created was magical. Logan's family loved passionately, welcoming Amber with open arms. I found this a little odd. Most families of extremely successful and wealthy businessmen might be a little concerned why a woman ten years his junior would fall for him so quickly. Logan's family knew more about Amber and Logan's situation that Amber could ever imagine, and they trusted Logan's judgement unconditionally.

Across Eternity is one of the sweetest contemporary romances I have ever read. There aren't any steamy-hot sex scenes...just a tale of two people who love each other unconditionally. Two people who will find each other throughout the ages because they are meant to be. The twists and turns will keep the pages turning.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday - Hushed by Kelley York

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Title: Hushed
Author: Kelley York
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Synopsis:

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
My Teaser:

...what did he do now? Wait around to see if the murder was linked back to him? He'd flat-out lied about his night. All it would take is a visit to Evan's to confirm.

Just finished my Hushed Review. Check it out HERE.

Image Review and Giveaway by Jamie Magee


Good morning everyone. I am please to be reviewing Image (Insight #3) today. This series is phenomenal and I cannot rave about it's complete awesomeness enough. Thanks to Cynthia at Book Reader Addicts for asking me to be part of this tour. If it weren't for her, I'm not sure I would have found these books. Be sure to fill out the rafflecopter below to enter for a chance to win all three e-books from the Insight Series, as well as a series of signed Insight bookmarks.


Title: Image
Series: Insight #3
Author: Jamie Magee
Independently Published
November 4, 2011
Synopsis:

There is an ominous darkness; one that is so dense and mind-numbing that you can feel the chills race across your skin as the energy of its hatred hovers near you. They thought that it was over… that he was dead… they never imagined that he was more powerful dead than he ever was alive.

The dark dimension Esterious is on the brink of war, the victory Willow had a few days ago is nothing more than a vague memory. With each thought she has, she fights the images of Drake’s dark eyes and his words… his promises. Doubt seeps into her soul as she faces what could be the hardest battle she has faced so far.

Venus is meant to be the planet of love and peace… but when it falls into retrograde its influence changes. Matters of past relationships will surface, choices will be made with the mind and not the heart and gateways to an evil that cannot be fathomed will open. Willow and Landen’s only defense is to hide their family away, and lock themselves in the palace that was once ruled by Donalt.

The energy is heavy and dark within its walls…there is a presence that lingers and strikes at will. Cruel illusions are placed before Willow, but that is not even the hardest part… what is hard is standing in a room with Drake and Landen and listening to others tell you of lives that you cannot recall… for them to tell you when and how you are going to die.

Every prediction and theory is about to be proven wrong… and the choice before Willow’s heart holds the lives of millions at stake. The question is: will she be able to see through the illusions before her and make a choice… she can live with?
 

Okay, if I haven't told you...and I have - These Books are Phenomenal. And now - well, let's just say the story is getting really interesting. Drake has been lied to, deceived, and manipulated by the only family he has ever known and by everyone around him. He has been raised to to rule Esterious when Donalt dies. He believes he will do this with Willow at his side, or not. Centuries ago, many spells and machinations were put into to place by people claiming they were only protecting him and Willow. 

This trial revolves around Willow's nineteenth birthday; the stars and the scrolls predict this much. The scrolls tell them much more, like when every trial will take place. Convenient except for the fact that they don't tell them what the trial will consist of. Once Perodine realizes what has happened, she knows Donalt knew more than he ever let on. He "weaved his intentions alongside Drake, hiding himself." What does this mean? That Donalt is a force to be reckoned with. Drake has been played just like Willow and Landen. None of this mess is truly his fault.

The trial that Venus presents will force Willow to choose between Landen and Drake. She will have to kill one of them. Everyone is hoping for Drake...not for the reason you think. Landen has discovered he is a powerful healer and would be able to bring Drake back, if need be. But, as you well know...nothing is ever that easy.

Seeing Landen, Willow, and Drake work together brought joy to my heart...even if it was a forced truce. With every book I learn a little bit more about Drake and fall a little bit more in love with him. Don't get me wrong...I believe with all my heart that Landen and Willow belong together; I just hope Drake will be able to find a true love of his own. The end of the book brought tears to my eyes...you will have to read it to find out why.

Here are the links to the other posts I have done on the Insight Series:

HaHa, HeHe, it's time for the fun part. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter. You want to win these three e-books, I promise.*Should Rafflecopter say the contest is closed, please leave a comment, the contest closes on 12:01 AM on 12/4/11.
 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hushed by Kelley York


Title: Hushed
Author: Kelley York
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release: December 6, 2011
Genre: YA Thriller

Synopsis: He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption


So, if you have read the synopsis, you are probably asking why anyone would want to read a book where the protagonist is obviously a killer? A serial killer at that. The answer is simple...Archer, though far from perfect, has his redeeming qualities. He loves Vivian unconditionally, does anything for her, and takes care of her when nobody else can. Problem - Vivian is as toxic as they come. Only running to Archer when there is no one else for her to run to. When he starts pulling away, she decides that she cannot let him go that easy.

Oddly, Archer's dysfunction was easy to get past. He wanted to change but didn't know how. His neurosis was obvious. The signs of OCD and Borderline Personality Disorder combined with a little Post Traumatic Stress Disorder never makes for an easy life. However, when he met Evan, his life started turning in a new direction. He was peaceful, happy, and had the love that Vivian could never give him. He began to see her for the energy sucking parasite she was. (Nope, don't like Vivian even a little bit.) He trusted Evan in ways he had never trusted anyone. Archer and Vivian both had difficult childhoods. Each dealt with it in their own way. Archer had the capacity to make his life better, to change.Vivian...not so much.

Everything Archer did, he did for Vivian. Everything Vivian did, she did for Vivian. Only Evan ever cared about what Archer wanted or needed.

I enjoyed the relationship between Archer and Evan. Evan brought light into a very dark story. He was proof that just because bad things happened, you could remain good. Evan was stability in Archer's life where no other stability existed. He defined love, friendship, and trust. I laughed at Archer when he was near Evan because he would just say whatever he was thinking while simultaneously thinking "why did I say that?" I adored his inability to hide from Evan...even when you knew he really wanted to.

Everyone is going to have their own take on Hushed. Much like the characters in the book, you can choose to see the light behind it, or you can be taken in by the darkness. I walked away feeling that justice was served, that bad things happen to everyone but they don't define anyone. You define who you are with the choices you make. It's never too late to change.

If you are see-sawing about reading Hushed, keep an open mind and do it. I think you will be surprised. This is another of Entangled Publishing's phenomenal books. Kelley York wrote an excellent thriller with the perfect amount of suspense. Always enough to keep the pages turning.

Be sure to look for my interview with Kelley York on December 21st as part of the Hushed Virtual Book Tour. As always, I would like to thank Entangled Publishing for including me in one of their promotions.

*I was provided an e-book from Entangled Publishing in return for my honest review and participation in the Hushed Virtual Book Tour. Hushed does contain a male/male relationship and a graphic murder scene.

2012 YA Contemporary Challenge





I don't read enough YA Contemporary, so this is the one challenge I am going to commit to for 2012. I know there will be more I will agree too...though I don't really know why...LOL! The very kind Katie from Katie's Book Blog and Angela from Reading Angel are hosting this challenge and it looked way to fun and...educational not to join. We all need to escape out of our norms from time-to-time. So go ahead and join in! You can find the linky at either of the blogs I have linked to above.
I'm going for 15+...how 'bout you?

I will be listing the books I read on this post with links to their reviews. I have created a TBR list that you can find HERE.
 
1. Fracture by Megan Miranda 
2. New Girl by Paige Harbison

Embody by Jamie Magee


Title: Embody
Series: Insight #2
Author: Jamie Magee
Independently Published: July 2011
Synopsis:

Not many Scorpio’s are known for their patience, and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long, dark and dangerous... 

Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire; giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved him. 


Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out of this life. The question is….can she do that?


If you have been by my blog in the last couple of weeks, then you know that I have fallen in love with the Insight Series. Embody is the perfect mixture of action, philosophy, and undying love. Landen and Willow will once again face Drake as Mercury orbits into place. This is the second of many trials they will face in order to restore the color to Esterious.  As the myth goes, only the rightful Guardian with Willow at his side can prevail over the world. Drake believes he is the Guardian and will do anything to have her at his side. Landen already has Willow's love, but has no desire to rule the world.

Willow and Landen want to protect the ones they love, but the closer time gets to their confrontation with Drake, the more they realize they must train their family and friends to assist and protect them. The two of them have a great deal to learn, as well. Libby and Preston are invaluable tutors and guides, teaching them to meditate and to see and use the energy around them. Landen has been warned that he could push Willow into Drake's arms by trying to stop her from doing something she truly wants to do. He definitely has that selective hearing thing going on that most me do; because, he did exactly what he was warned against. Now Willow is stuck in Esterious with Drake vying for her love. Can he get her back before it is too late? Let's hope so.

I enjoyed this book immensely. You begin to see things through Drake's eyes. He's not completely bad. Perhaps he can be saved from the darkness. This remains to be seen.

Reviews of Insight Series:

*I was provided a free e-proof by the author in return for my honest review.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In My Mailbox #2 - 11/26/11

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It gives us a chance to show off all the awesomeness that is books. This week has been particularly great in my mailbox. Let me show you just how great!

So, I won this huge prize pack from Trini at A Book Lover's Review.
Signed Books:
Night Circus by  Erin Morgenstern
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Enthralled Edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong (Includes BRIDGE, a short story from Jeri Smith-Ready...so good.)
Dear Bully Edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones
Audiobooks:
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Dreamland by Alyson Noel
Other Cool Stuff:
Signed Excerpt from Night Circus
Signed Book Marks from Rachel Vincent, Tara Hudson, Melissa De La Cruz
YA Saves Button
Firelight and Vanish Book Plates and Book Mark

Completely Awesome Right?





It included Enthralled signed by Rachel Vincent

 Firelight with a personalized signature. "'Lo Kristin, Let the sparks fly!" Eeps!

Night Circus and A Night Circus Excerpt Signed by Erin Morgenstern!



The Faerie Ring from Angela at Reading Angel! Thank you so much, Angela!



And my just because I want book. 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I haven't read Stephen King since I was in high school. I am excited about this one. Ya know...since I'm from Texas and all.

Touch Virtual Book Tour Starring Jus Accardo

Hello everyone. I am super excited about today’s author interview. Jus Accardo, author of Touch, has stopped by to tell us a little about her book and her life. I am going on record as saying…if you haven’t read Touch do so immediately. If you missed my review…check it out HERE.


Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, Touch, is due out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing.

She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.


Kristin: Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live?
Jus: Hmm about me? Well, I’m a World of Warcraft junkie who lives for cheese and chocolate, is terrified of planes and clowns, and spends 90% of her time with people who don’t exist. I live in upstate NY with my husband, our 3 four-legged kids—a Narcoleptic Akita, an opinionated German Sheppard, a lab-mutt named Duck, and my guard bear, Oswald. Okay—he’s not mine really, but he might as well be. Two years ago he got himself all caught up in the screen of our enclosed porch. I got him out but he’d already ripped off most of his right ear. Last year he came back around, all grown up and very friendly. He’s been hanging with us ever since.
*What could be better than chocolate and cheese? But clowns…ugh. Definitely scarey.

Kristin: What is the first book that really caught your attention?
Jus: TEX by S.E. Hinton. Actually, everything by S.H. Hinton… Was kind of like a chain reaction.

Kristin: Did you read much as a teenager?
Jus: All the time. I cooked, I read, and I wrote. I have stacks upon stacks of boxes of books from when I was a kid because I refuse to throw them away. If only the nook had been around…

Kristin: If you couldn’t be an author, but anything else…what would you be?
Jus: If I wasn’t writing, I’d be a chef. No doubt in my mind. My grandfather was a chef, so I grew up in a kitchen. I was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America but ended up passing on the spot last minute to pursue writing.
*I need you at my house. I don’t cook worth a flip.

Kristin: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Jus: Everywhere. There’s a story in everything! Really. People watching, music, staring at the stars… The idea for TOUCH came to me while staring into the woods at the end of a very long drive-through line to get coffee.
*I would say I am sorry you had to wait in that line, but I can’t lie…I’m not. Touch is an amazing book.

Kristin: What’s the name of your most recently published book?
Jus: TOUCH is my debut. TOXIC, the second book in the Denazen series, will be out in 2012.

Kristin: Who is your favorite character from this book and why?
Jus: Ooo unfair question J I donno, TBH. I love Dez and Kale, of course…but I’ve always had a soft spot for Alex.
*That’s funny. A couple of blogger buddies and I were discussing Touch and we decided that Alex was our second favorite character. I always have a soft spot for those bad boys though.

Kristin: Independently published or commercially published?
Jus: Entangled is a Boutique Publisher
*In case you guys don’t know, Entangled has some of the most anticipated titles in the YA world. Touch by Jus Accardo, Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout, Hushed by Kelley York.

Kristin: Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
Jus: Write, write, write, write! Then? Write some more. The book I wrote before TOUCH was queried for over a year with NO requests. While I was querying it, I wrote TOUCH. The response was like night and day. One week into querying TOUCH, I had four requests. Two months of querying I had multiple agent offers and signed with the awesome Kevan Lyon. You really just never know. So much of it is timing. This business is SO subjective. What an agent turns down today could be exactly what he or she is looking for a month down the road. Just keep at it. Write what you love and not for the market. Write often and write a lot. Look at it this way—with each word, you’re practicing your craft. Getting better. Sharper.
*Great advice, especially during NaNoWriMo. Just keep going.

Kristin: What is the most useful advice you received while writing any book?
Jus: Do not give up. Ever. Keep writing. Then when you’re done with that, write more. Write until your fingers fall off! Kind of a mimic (hah!) of the response above, but it’s so, so important!

Fun Stuff

Kristin: The apocalypse is coming…what do you do?
Jus: Eat a LOT of cheese. The real stuff. None of that processed-canned-formed-into-neat-little-slices-of-ick crap. Oh. And travel. I’m terrified of planes…but if we’re all about to bite the big one, I’d probably risk it. Maybe. I have a ton of family in Italy and I’ve always wanted to see Scotland…

Kristin: If you were stranded on an island, name the 5 things you could not live without?
Jus: My family, Coffee, my computer, my dogs, and music.

Kristin: What 5 things are within your reach right now? No cheating?
Jus: Coffee (the coffee is ALWAYS in reach), cell phone, an Akita, a small stuffed llama named Lloyd, and a tin of Rosebud Strawberry lip balm.

Kristin: Favorite book ever?
Jus: Oh… I donno… I don’t think I’m able to pick a fave. There are so many books I consider essential to my life—meaning I need to read them over and over. I have comfort books. Piles of them.

Kristin: Ultimate bad boy crush? (TV, Movies, or Books)
Jus: It’s SO a tie. Vampire Diaries – Damon or Bitten’s (Kelley Armstrong) Clayton Danvers.
*I have got to read Bitten. I know…right? But I am in definite agreement about Damon.

Kristin: Ultimate good guy crush? (TV, Movies, or Books)
Jus: A few weeks ago I was introduced to Kyle XY—which of course is typical since they’ve already pulled it from the air. I’m normally a sucker for the bad boys, but Kyle is SO frickin sweet…

Kristin: Favorite food?
Jus: Since coffee isn’t technically a food…this is another hard one. Again—Italian. We love ALL food. If I was forced at gunpoint to pick though, it’d be chicken marsala (done correctly—none of that watery sauce crap) or brownies!
*Brownies…yum.

Kristin: Favorite Movie?
Jus: Don’t laugh… my all time fave is The Last Unicorn
*No laughing, I promise.

Kristin: Favorite TV show?
Jus: *sigh* Every time I heart something, it gets canceled. They canceled Eureka. Before that it was Roswell. And Futurama (Hah! We got that one back!) I’m afraid to jinx it. Right now though, I’ll give you a hint. Begins with a V and has the most amazing, tall dark and tortured hottie…
*I think I know what show you are alluding to and I don’t want to jinx it either. Who would I drool over on Thursday nights?

Kristin: Favorite Song?
Jus: I don’t have just one… But right now, I’m kinda in love with 10 Years - Fix Me.

Kristin: Favorite singer or band?
Jus: Music is a big deal for me, so to pick just one would probably make my brain explode. Really. Not kidding. And I’m not cleaning up that mess… It’s bad enough in here with all the Akita fur flying around. So the top few are, Powerman 5000, Seether, Stone Sour, and Disturbed.

Kristin: One food you would never try?
Jus: Eggs—pretty much cause it would kill me… And it would Not. Be. Pretty.
*Oh no, we couldn’t have that.

Kristin: The most exotic food you have ever eaten?
Jus: My grandfather was a chef. He made me try frogs legs when I was little. There’s a good chance I haven’t gotten over it. I twitch every time I see a frog…
*Yeah, my parents loved frog legs too. I never touched them.

Kristin: Day on the beach or snow skiing down a mountain?
Jus: Give me cold temps and snow all the way, baby!

Kristin: Campfire with smores or curled up in front of the fireplace?
Jus: Ooo... That’s an even one. I’m a sucker for a camp fire, but we have this amazing fireplace that’s perfect for those nice snowy days.

Kristin: If you could move anywhere on this Earth, where would it be?
Jus: I think it’d be pretty awesome to live in Australia! Who doesn’t love kangaroos?

Kristin: Health nut or junk food junkie?
Jus: Total junk food junkie. You’ll find nothing remotely healthy within the walls of my house.

Kristin: Two books you think everyone should read. (Yes, you can and should include yours.)
Jus: Nightlife by Rob Thurman and Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.

Kristin: Are there any blogs or websites you frequent?
Jus: Well, I have the Food Network http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/index.html perma-tabbed on my machine, lol. If you mean writing stuffs, I’m very active over at Savvy Authors http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/content.php and I love YA Highway—though I’m a bit of a lurker there http://www.yahighway.com/.

Kristin: Places my readers can stalk you?
Jus: My website is http://www.jusaccardo.com/. I’m pretty much always on Twitter @JusAccardo. I have a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jus-Accardo/118357108246769 but I’m not sure what’s going on with facebook. My vote is hostile alien takeover… I’m also a contributor over at YA Fusion http://yafusion.blogspot.com/ and just recently joined a great group of Goddesses over on The Naked Hero http://thenakedhero.com/

Thank you so much for taking this time to let us get to know you. We have enjoyed having you today. I hope you have enjoyed yourself and will stop by to see us again soon.

Thank you so much for inviting me. I had a blast.


Title: Touch
Series: Denazen #1
Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publicist: Cathy Yardley
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-44-2
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-45-9


About the Book:
When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeenyear-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing
the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. Dez and Kale team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.
Target Audiences Include:

• Readers of Paranormal YA
• Readers of Paranormal Romance
• Fans of Lili St. Crow, P.C. Cast, Jeri Smith‐Ready


*I would like to take a moment to thank Entangled Publishing, Jus Accardo, and Cathy Yardley for inviting me to be a part of the Touch Virtual Book Tour. It has been a great honor and my best wishes go out to Jus and her team. This is a phenomenal book and I cannot wait to read more about Kale and Dez.*

Friday, November 25, 2011

NaNoWriMo Update



At 5:32 P.M. CST, I put the last sentence to my very rough draft of a novel for NaNoWriMo...ending the challenge with 50,301 words. I am now putting it in a drawer for two weeks and concentrating on a few other projects.

I want to start revising this instant but I need time away from my characters. They are sort of like children that have been under my feet for too long. Once revisions start, perhaps I will share a line or two with you. For now, it is best that it stay locked away for your safety. It is very possible that it would cause your eyes to bleed.

Thanks to all of you who have had reviews put on hold because of my endeavor. I will now be reading like a maniac to get caught up.

TBR Intervention Challenge - Hushed by Kelley York

TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by
Dani@RefractedLight , Ayanami@Whatever you Can Still Betray, and April@Books4Juliet

The goal of this challenge is to help each other (fellow readers and bloggers) manage our enormous and constantly growing TBR (To-Be-Read) List. The rules are simple and everyone is encouraged to participate. It does not force you to commit to more than what you can manage to read in a week or so, but participants are encouraged to read at least one book within a week. You are free to choose the book you want to read and commit to this challenge. You may post your entry every Saturday, at the frequency of your choice--EVERY WEEK or EVERY TWO WEEKS.

Here are the rules:
1. Post the book(s) you committed to read in your last TBR Intervention post and tell us something about it. Did you finish it? Did you enjoy it or not? Post the link to your review (if you have one).
2. Post a book that you want to read and already own. Pick something that has been sitting on your shelf for too long now (6 months or longer). Commit to read the book in the next couple of days or week.
3. Grab the TBR Intervention Button and post it on your blog sidebar so you will be constantly reminded of the challenge, making it easier for you to commit. This will also encourage other readers/bloggers/visitors to join the challenge.
4. Add the link to your post in the Linky below and make sure to visit the other blogs. Comment, encourage, and spread the love to our fellow readers.

Okay, I am telling you right now that I really suck at this. My TBR list grows by the second so I suppose I should really start knocking a few of them out. I am going to start with a book that I need to review for a blog tour soon.

Title: Hushed
Author: Kelley York
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Goodreads

Synopsis:

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.


I haven't read this book yet, obviously, but I am telling you now, I haven't read a single book that has been published by Entangled Publishing that I haven't fell in love with. They have the market on new and intriguing books. As of this second, Goodreads has a 4.47 Star Rating on Hushed. I can hardly wait to see what its all about.

I never finished my last TBR challenge, so I am starting fresh...like it's week one all over again! 

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