Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway: The Storm by Virginia Bergin

Welcome to my stop in THE STORM by

The Storm #2

Virginia Bergin
(The Storm #2)
Genres: YA, Post-Apocalyptic
Published: October 6th, 2015

"I'll tell you a weird thing about apocalypses - a thing I didn't even know until I was in one: they seem pretty bad, don't they? Well, take it from me: they can always get worse."Three months after the killer rain first fell, Ruby is beginning to realise her father might be dead . . . and that she cannot survive alone. When a chance encounter lands her back in the army camp, Ruby thinks she is safe - at a price. Being forced to live with Darius Spratt is bad enough, but if Ruby wants to stay she must keep her eyes - and her mouth - shut. It's not going to happen. When she realizes what is going on - the army is trying to find a cure by experimenting on human subjects - Ruby flips out . . . and makes an even more shocking discovery: she's not useless at all. The Storm begins . . .

~~~ Chapter 5 of The Storm ~~~

Every single fabulous person in that place was in a costume. Every kind of beautiful and fantastic creature was there, from masked and gowned ladies to aliens from outer space to a very convincing beady-­eyed fox in a hunter’s jacket, and a gold-­painted guy who actually appeared to be naked. Hard to tell with everyone dressed up, but it seemed like there might have been a lot of new people because I didn’t seem to recognize anyone much…apart from the one who had to be as old as my grandma: Granny Lycra—­last seen wearing a leopard-­print catsuit and now rocking a white meringue of a wedding dress.

Sask and I, we looked at each other, eyes wide… If there’s one thing a Dartbridge girl loves, even during an apocalypse—­maybe especially during an apocalypse—­it’s a kicking, crazy party. (Even—­and also maybe especially—­when that Dartbridge girl has been scared stupid and scraped rock-­bottom low and has no clue about what kind of a future there might be.) (Bring it on! If I thought anything, that’s what I thought: Bring it on!)

In the blockbuster film of my blockbuster story, the next thing that happens will be a tzzzzzzzzzp! as the DJ rips the needle off the vinyl and the whole room goes silent.

What really happened was the music got turned down a little, and out of the crowd, the only other person (apart from us) who wasn’t dressed up approached: Xar.

I’d met him before, what seemed like years ago but was only a few months: a six-­foot-­something, impressively gorgeous, blond, dread-­head, tree-­hugging crustie—­only not really a crustie. More manicured. More deliberate. More composed. Naked from the jeans up, his chest shone with dance sweat. And I got that impression again, the one I’d first had, that he was somehow their king, because everyone made way to let His Royal Hotness through.

“Lay-­deez,” he said, pulling on a white cotton shirt as he strolled through the madness toward us.

The music got turned down a little more, and everyone quieted down with it, looking our way. That’s how mesmerizing he was: you tuned in to his voice automatically.

“And what can we do for you?” Xar asked.

“Hi,” I said, a bit too shoutily. “I’m Ruby?”

“If your name’s not on the list, you’re not coming in,” hooted Granny Lycra, pulling not a bride’s veil but a widow’s veil of black over her face. It looked weird and horrible and scary—­but I ignored her. I ignored them all and spoke only to Xar.

“Ruby from Dartbridge? We met? Before…”

“Did we,” he said. It wasn’t a question.

“And this is Saskia,” I shouted.

“Any chance of a drink?” she asked, and before Xar could answer, she was elbowing her way across the room.

That’s Sask for you; she just does stuff, doesn’t she? And she gets what she wants. She wasn’t going to wait to be invited, so she invited herself. Xar didn’t look too pleased.

“She’s just come from the army base,” I said, hoping that would explain Sask’s party-­jeopardizing behavior.

“Oh, has she,” he said—­again, no question—­and he laughed—­a quick and quiet ha-­ha of a laugh—­and waved his hand in the air in a very royal way, which was apparently the command for the music to be turned back up, because that’s what happened.

The music got cranked back up, everyone carried on partying, and King Xar wandered off after Saskia.

For a moment I just stood there, like a panda/idiot—­then I spied… Oooh! There was a table piled high with food. Not the kind of trash I’d been eating, but properly made stuff. Stuff that looked deliciously good. I felt my stomach growl louder than the music.

Come to Momma! my head whispered at it.

I barged toward it.

“Hi!” shouted this girl who was already at the table. Her costume was hilarious: a walrus in a furry brown onesie, her plate piled high with items that she stuffed into her mouth between the two enormous papier-­mâché tusks on either side of her jaws.

“You look brilliant,” I shouted, giving her huge belly a friendly poke. It was seriously hard and seriously…real.

“I’m so sorry!” I shouted.

It wasn’t just an apology for the pregnant belly poke; it was a sorry for…uh. Dressed up or not dressed up, I could see immediately that she couldn’t have been much older than me. Nah—­it was worse than that. She was younger.

“You do look brilliant though,” I told her.

“You look awful,” she shouted but in a kind way. In the din, in the madness, I heard that kindness.

“I feel awful!” I shouted.

I did feel awful. I mean, it all looked great and stuff—­the party, the food—­but… Oh, my body! It hurt! And my head, which so often seemed to have a separate life from my body, it hurt too. It hurt a lot.

“I think I might have been in a coma,” I shouted.

Virginia Bergin learned to roller-skate with the children of eminent physicists.

She grew up in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in a house tied to her father’s job. Her parents, the children of Irish and Polish immigrants – and one Englishwoman – had moved from Liverpool to the south of England in search of work.

Virginia studied psychology but ruined her own career when, dabbling in fine art at Central St Martins, she re-discovered creative writing. Since then she has written poetry, short stories, film and TV scripts and a play that almost got produced – but didn’t.

In between and alongside more jobs than you’ve had hot dinners, she has worked as a writer on TV, eLearning and corporate projects and has 22 broadcast and non-broadcast TV credits, from children’s favourite Big Cat Diary Family Histories (BBC) to the award-winning series Africa (Tigress Productions for National Geographic). Most recently, she has been working in online education, creating interactive courses for The Open University.

She has lived in North Wales, London and Bristol. In May 2015, she moved from a council estate in Bristol to live in rural Somerset, somewhere between Taunton, Chard and Ilminster. Her nearest neighbour is a horse.


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Waiting On Wednesday #116: The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

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I hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far?
This weeks WoW is the second book in a series that I just adore, and am so eager to continue! Anyways, check out this weeks WoW, and don't forget to link me up to yours and I'll come visit you!

The Sea King

The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral, #2)
Published: July 29th, 2014
 Genres: Adult, Fantasy Romance

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral...

He wasn't supposed to choose her...

Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation.

She didn't dare wed him...

A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate's gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control— until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire.

Until evil threatens everything they hold dear...

When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys is in a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer's formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.

The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral, #1) The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral, #2)

Wow, I just finished the first book in this series, THE WINTER KING last night and was absolutely BLOWN AWAY! I loved everything about the first book and can't wait to get my hands on the sequel that's in the main characters sisters POV.

Does this sound like something you would read?
Let me know in the comment section and I'll come visit YOU! :)

C.L. Wilson C.L. Wilson's unique blend of pulse-pounding action, sweeping epic fantasy, and passionate romance has made her books a favorite read for romance and fantasy readers alike. Praised for exceptional worldbuilding and lyric prose, her critically acclaimed novels have regularly appeared on bestseller lists including the USA Today, the New York Times, and Publishers Weekly.

C.Ls novels have won numerous industry and reader-selected awards including, LifetimeTV.coms Best Paranormal debut of 2007, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, two National Readers Choice awards, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and the Holt Medallion. Ms. Wilson is the honored recipient of the PEARL award from Paranormal Romance as the best new author of 2007, and winner of the 2009 PEARL award for best Romantic Fantasy novel.

When not torturing her characters mercilessly, C.L. enjoys relaxing with her family in sunny Florida and daydreaming of a world where people exercise in their sleep and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a fat burning food.


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Blast + Giveaway: Earthbound Series by Aprilynne Pike

The final installment of the Earthbound series by Aprilynne Pike, EARTHRISE was released on September 1st, 2015 and to celebrate we're having a book blast and an epic, giveaway that will be open internationally!

In 2013 the Earthbound Series kicked off, introducing Tavia and her amazing abilities to the world. Now that the last book in the series is here, it's a great time to start if you haven't already. Nothing is better than no wait time in between books! The super charged, heart-pounding Young Adult Fantasy series will have you on the edge of your seat!

Read The First 8 Chapters of EARTHRISE, the final book in the series – now!

Earthbound #3
Release Date: September 1st 2015

Even with the power to create and destroy at will, Tavia Michaels couldn't save her parents. She couldn't save the boy she's loved for countless lifetimes. She barely managed to save herself from the treachery of supposed friends. So how can she save the world from a deadly plague--and the immortals spreading it? As the events of EARTHBOUND and EARTHQUAKE reach their thrilling conclusion, no one is safe--Tavia least of all!

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About The Author

Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.


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Monday, September 28, 2015

ARC Review: Court Of Fives by Kate Elliott

Court Of Fives

 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: August 18th, 2015

In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's first young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test Kal's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.


COURT OF FIVES was not the book I expected it to be. I thought it was going to be a battle to the death type game that the competitors were competing in. So you can imagine my surprise when I finally realized it was nothing more then a fun competition among adversaries, but a deadly competition among Lords and sponsors. I was at first let down by this unexpected turn of events, but by then I was already caught up in the plot to be able to put it down. And by the end I was glad I didn't give up on it.

A few things I disliked about COURT OF FIVES is one being the lengthy length of this novel. And though I enjoyed a lot of this book I still found some parts dragging and outright boring. This book could of been a lot shorter and still made the same point and impression. Another thing I disliked was Jes's sister Amaya. She was sooooo annoying and the way Jessamy coddled and babied her just made me hate her even more. Even when Amaya's life was on the line, this little brat was whinnying about her living arrangements and what she looked like. She was spoiled, selfish, and most of the time felt cold and uncaring. I hated her and hated that Jes was so easily woven in her web. Another issue I had was the lack of action and adventure. And though it did have some minor adventure, I still found that boring and unnecessary. And again made the plot feel dull and boring. I wanted more of a thrill from this novel and more confrontation between the main character and the "Villain" then what we got. But I'm hoping that in the next book we'll get more of all that.

What I really enjoyed about COURT OF FIVES was the fierce and driven determination in Jessamy's heart that kept her going. The unstoppable rage and desire that fueled her. And her compassionate and forgiving manner consumed her. And her capabilities to find love in the midst of a horrifying and deadly tangle of webs and deceit. I really enjoyed Jessamy's character and the trials she'd overcome. She's a strong and fierce character that I admired.

I also liked the world building and setting of the novel. It was set in a time of war, sexism, and inequality of women's rights as high Patron's rule over the lesser Commoners. And also with a touch of Ancient Greece where Oracles are still believed to hold the further in the palm of their hands, and used as a means of sacrifice. This world had a dark undertone, but was set in a light setting with undarkened features and goals. I REALLY liked this world, even with all it's negativity, unfairness, and cruelty.


Jessamy has been living a lie since she was born. She's considered a mule, a mutt, a half bread in her world where upper class Patron's are gods, and lowly Commoners have no say and hardly any rights. But for Jes, she's stuck somewhere in between. With a Patron father and a Commoner mother, Jes is ridiculed and berated for her mixed heritage. But that's never stopped Jes from fighting for her dream, and it's not going to start now...

Jes has always wanted to run in The Fives, an athletic competition that offers fame and glory as being one of the kingdoms finest competitors. But theirs just one problem, her father would never allow it. But with a fierce desire to reach for her destiny, Jessamy secretly trains for The Fives for the chance to compete. But when her father returns home early from the war and announces for the first time he's taking his family out in public, but not just to anywhere, but to The Fives competition, Jes's world comes crashing down around her, and her hopes become a labyrinth of shattered dreams.

But with a burning desire and determination in her heart, Jes secretly competes in The Fives competition, even with her father unknowingly watching. And Jes inadequately sets off a chain of horrific events that doom her family and world she once knew...

With no hope in helping her family, Jes is forced to compete in The Fives tournament, but this time she's not fighting for fun, this time she's fighting for her life, and the life of those she loves. With her fathers abandonment, her mothers broken heart, and her sisters shattered dreams, Jes is determined to beat this evil lord that shattered her world and broken her family, and best him at his vicious game, or die trying...

I'm very curious as to where this book will go next, and if Jessamy will finally get the revenge she seeks. And if Jessamy and Kalliarkos have any chance at progressing their relationship after the broken bond and violated trust they endured. Oops, I may of gave away too much away! ;)

Overall, COURT OF FIVES had many good qualities that I enjoyed and appreciated. Even with some of my dislikes, COURT OF FIVES was still a pretty engaging book that I enjoyed. I would definitely recommend COURT OF FIVES to any fantasy fan out there looking for a different kinda read, COURT OF FIVES just may surprise you! :)

NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Little Brown Books for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!


Kate ElliottAs a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures in dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling.

Also, there is a schnauzer.

Release Book Blitz + Giveaway: Forever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's FOREVER WITH YOU! FOREVER WITH YOU is a standalone New Adult contemporary romance being released on September 29th, and is the fifth book in the Wait For You Series, published by Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Grab your copy of this incredible addition to Jennifer's Wait For You Series and see what everyone is talking about!

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“Armentrout packs a powerful emotional punch in her fifth Wait for Younew adult contemporary (after Fall with Me)... Armentrout tugs at the heartstrings while delivering an intense, gripping tale.” –Publishers Weekly “Armentrout presents an emotional installment in her Wait for You series…[she] does it again, presenting a fast-paced tearjerker that fans will devour.”–Booklist


In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand… Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away. Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . .
And don’t miss the previous titles in the Wait for You Series!


I cradled my drink as Cam sauntered back to the pool tables. My mind wasn’t made up on the whole visiting them thing yet. Maybe I would. Maybe I wouldn’t.

“Want another rum and coke?”

My lips curled up at the sound of Nick’s rich, deep voice. We’d been chatting on and off since I plopped my butt down on the stool, and he had seemed happy that I was there.

Total bonus points lottery with this guy.

“I’m good, but thanks.” The last thing I wanted to be was drunk. I smiled at him, pleased when his heavily hooded gaze dipped again. “Are you guys usually this busy on the weekend?”

I could see that small talk was something Nick excelled at, which made sense, considering his occupation. He was an equal opportunity charmer. Women flocked to him at the bar. The other bartender, the girl with the pink glasses, seemed to take it all in stride.

“Not sure if you really call this busy, but Saturdays usually bring a larger crowd.” He glanced down the bar before continuing. “So you went to school with them?” he asked, jerking his chin in the direction Cam had roamed off to.

“Yeah.” Leaning forward, I placed my elbows on the bar. “I had no idea they had connections here. Total surprise.”

“Small world,” he said, echoing my earlier thought. “But you’re not very close with them.”

It was a statement, not a question. “What makes you think that?”

“Well, if you were, I guess you’d be over there with them. Or …”

Nick was observant. “Or what?”

One side of his lips curled up as he folded his arms across his chest. The movement drew my attention. I was such a visual creature. Not that anyone would blame me right now. The black shirt he wore stretched around well-defined biceps. “Or you’d rather spend the time with me.”

The twisty motion in my belly cranked up a notch. “Am I that transparent?”

“In the best possible way.” He picked up a bottle. “I’m glad you did stop by. Every time the door opened last night, I looked up and hoped it was you.”

“Is that so?”

“I speak the truth.” His smile was lazy. “Did you finish unpacking?”


“Were there any more rat bastard combinations?”

I laughed. “There were a few more.”

“Kind of mad I missed out on them.”

“There’s always later.” I toyed with my glass as I met and held his stare. “So, Nick, do you have a last name?”

“Blanco,” he replied after a brief hesitation. “Do you?”

“Keith.” I grinned as he unfolded those arms. “I have another question for you.”

Moving in, he placed his hands on the bar. “Ask away.”

“Do you have a girlfriend?” My breath caught a little when he leaned in suddenly. Our mouths were close enough that we were breathing the same tiny patch of oxygen. “Or a boyfriend?”

Nick didn’t bat an eyelash. “Nope to both. How about you?”

Bonus points explosion!

“None,” I said, welcoming the tingle that swirled down my spine as his breath warmed my lips.

He tilted his head to the side, lining up his mouth with mine with just a fraction of an inch between us. I started to feel a little flushed. “You have plans tonight, Stephanie Keith?” he asked, voice deeper and rougher.

I shook my head as my pulse tripped all over itself in a happy little dance.

Nick’s grin spread into the kind of smile I knew left a trail of women in its wake. “You do now.”

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

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