Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Giveaway Hop!



Hello to all my beautiful people reading this! :D

This giveaway is hosted by I am a Reader not a Writer and BookHounds. There's more than 300 blogs participating so don't forget to keep hopping!

So, let's begin with the fun, shall we? I'm sure you are dying to know what you can win, right?

The good news: There's going to be one (1) winner.
The prize: A book of your choice from the Book depository up to $10
The awesome news: It's, as always, INTERNATIONAL!
What you need to do: Fill the Rafflecopter form. It's very simple (works perfectly well in Safari, Chrome and Mozilla. Internet Explorer I'm not really sure...).

UK & EU Summer Hop


Hello to all my European followers and possibly new followers! So, this is a a giveaway limited to UK/EU only (to my international followers, I'm sorry, you all know I always do international giveaways but this one is special - and it's a rule-).
Our hosts are Donna & Jessica @ Book Passion for Life and Jodie @ Books for Company.

Now, let's get to the fun part, ok?
The prize is a YA book of your choice up to 10€ from TBD. Just fill the Rafflecopter form, vale? *Spanish girl here, remember? xD*

In My Mailbox (4)


In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren that features books I've received/purchased/won during the current week.



Since last week I couldn't participate now I have tons of new books to share with you all so, are you ready?! This is going to take a while xD

Books that I bought:

- The Ghost and the Goth
- Queen of the Dead
- Bad taste in boys
- Paranormalcy

Saturday, July 30, 2011

On my Wishlist (5)



On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.



I've been thinking about buying this book soon, hehe.


Blood Magic
by Tessa Gratton
Official Blurb:

Draw a circle ... place a dead leaf in the center ... sprinkle some salt ... recite a little Latin ... add a drop of blood ...

Maybe that last part isn't exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents' horrific deaths. She's willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.

The book isn't the only recent arrival in Silla's life. There's Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She's not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick's first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can't deny their attraction. And they can't ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.

Tessa Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood.

And I saw this one this morning in the bookstore but it was way to expensive so I'm going to buy it through the Book depository in a few days!


The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Official Blurb:

The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in communicating feelings like grief, mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what's been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. "The Language of Flowers" is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love.

Book Review: Yours To Keep



Yours To Keep

by Shannon Stacey
Series: Kowalski Family #3
Release date: 6th June 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 201 (ARC NetGalley)

Summary from Goodreads:

Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he’s recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiancé. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother’s upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn’t like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma’s offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there’s no chance he’ll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he’s not planning to call home.

Emma’s not interested in a real relationship either; not with a man whose idea of home is wherever he drops his duffel bag. No matter how amazing his “pretend” kisses are…

This time, there will be no turning back.

Friday, July 29, 2011

100 Followers Giveaway @ Mimi Valentine

Hello beautiful people! So, here I am on a Friday evening surfing and meeting new awesome bloggers and suddenly I ran into this great giveaway, so here you go, all the info you need is here! Yes, yes, I know how awesome I am, hahahahaha.



All you need to do is click HERE to go to her blog or click on the giveaway button at my side-bar.
As always, the giveaway is international (otherwise I wouldn't be participating xD).
The prize is one of the books she shows on her post.

So, why are you still reading my post?! Go there now :D

Book Review: The Iron Queen


The Iron Queen

by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Release date: 15th January 2011
Publisher: HarlequinTeens
Pages: 384 (paperback)
Fourth book: "The Iron Knight" 25th October 2011


Summary from Goodreads:

My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Feature & Follow Friday (6)

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme created by Parajunkee where bloggers hop around meeting and following other bloggers.


To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Daughter



The Iron Daughter

by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Release date: 15th April 2011
Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 384 (paperback)
Third book: "The Iron Queen" 25th January 2011


Summary from Goodreads:

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Official blurb of "Fever"


Fever
by Lauren Destefano

Official Blurb:

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but they’re still in danger. Outside, they find a world even more disquieting than the one they left behind. Determined to get to Manhattan and to find Rhine’s twin brother Rowan, the two press forward, amidst threats of being captured again--... or worse.

The road they are on is long and perilous—and in a world where young women only live to age 20 and men die at age 25, time is precious. In this sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price—now that she has more to lose than ever.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cover reveal: Fever by Lauren Destefano

It's finally here!!! I can barely breathe, I mean... the cover is just GORGEOUS!!! if you don't believe me check it out yourself:


It's just... perfect. And right now all I want is to read the book... Come February, I need you NOW!

What about you, guys? Did you like the cover? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Book Review: Cold Kiss



Cold Kiss

by Amy Garvey
Release date: 11th October 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 179 (ARC NetGalley)

Summary from Goodreads:

When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved.

Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart.

Amy Garvey’s transcendent teen debut is perfect for fans of Shiver and Beautiful Creatures. Wren’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Waiting on Wednesday (3)


- "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted in Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
- If you want to participate add your "Waiting On Wednesday" to the linky list in her post!



Since I got the book that I wanted last Wednesday for a review I'm really happy, but still in need for more books xD
So here goes my choice of this week:


Name: Fever
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: 02/21/2012

Yep, I know this is not the cover BUT it's going to be revealed today so don't miss it! As soon as Lauren shows it I'll post it in the blog, woohoo! And no, there's no official blurb yet, at least not in GoodReads, sigh....

So, show me the books you are waiting for! :D

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

500 Followers Giveaway @ LC's Adventures!

You all know how much I LOVE international giveaways, right? And that's because, well, I live in Europe  and believe me, I like it here in Switzerland but they only read in German (which I'm trying to learn) and French (which I learnt a little little little bit... very little in fact^^U) so yeah, sorry, I'm totally in love with international giveaways, woohoo!

So I'm letting you all know about this one:



Just go to LC's Adventures and fill the form there. Or click on the button in my side-bar.
What you can win? There's going to be 3 winners; the 1º one will get two books and the other two will get one book. Pretty cool, huh?

So, what are you waiting for?! Go :D

Teaser Tuesday (5)


The rules are simple!
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

Giveaway: "Cinder and Ella"

Good morning everybody! I'm quite happy right now :D
I just received 4 books (I bought them last week) and a swag of Starcrossed! Yay!!! *happy dance*
And... I'm going to do a Giveaway for you guys thanks to Cedar Forte. Woohoo!

The good news? There's going to be one winner.
The price? A book of "Cinder and Ella" by Melissa Lemon
The awesome news? It's going to be INTERNATIONAL!
Why am I so excited about it? Well, since I don't live in the US it can be difficult for the publishers to open the giveaways to internationals but they have been very kind with me, thanks for that Cedar Forte! :D

So, here you have the cover of the book:


And you can find my review of the book HERE.

What you need to do: Just fill the Rafflecopter form :D


Update: If for some reason the Rafflecopter form is not showing for you just write your e-mail in a comment and I'll count you in. Right now I've try it with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari and it's working.

Monday, July 25, 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?! (6)



It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.

Book Review: Tris and Izzie


Tris and Izzie

by Mette Ivie Harrison
Release date: 11th October 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pages: 272 (ARC NetGalley)

Summary from Goodreads:

A modern retelling of the German fairy tale "Tristan and Isolde," Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Book Review: Craving Perfect


Craving Perfect

by Liz Fichera
Release date: 25th July 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 234 (ARC NetGalley)

Summary from Goodreads:

Grace Mills craves being perfect almost as much as she craves raspberry scones. In fact, her life would be perfect if only she could lose ten more pounds, if only the pastry café she co-owns with her sister would turn a profit, if only the hottest guy at the gym would look her way...

And then "if only" comes true. Grace is suddenly straddling two lives: an alternate reality where she's a size two, weather girl celebrity and being chased by the hot guy. Only Mr. Gorgeous isn't very nice.

In her other life, she's starting to realize her sister is less than happy running the family café, and hunky Carlos, the gym's janitor, seems to have a secret crush on her. Maybe there's more to him than meets the eye...

Grace is living two lives and it's beginning to cost her. Is there a way to pick one...that's perfect?

On my Wishlist (4)



On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.



I know this book is not new but I'd LOVE to read this one really soon, in fact, I'm sure it's in my RAK, right? Hum... I'm gonna have to check that ^^U



Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins
Official Blurb:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

And my second choice for this week is from a series that I enjoy a lot:


Any Man of Mine
by Rachel Gibson
Official Blurb:

What happens in Vegas . . . doesn't always stay there.

Autumn Haven's Las Vegas "to-do" list said to catch a show and play the slots—not wake up married to a sexy jerk like Sam LeClaire. The first moment she saw him eyeing her like a luscious piece of the dessert buffet, her usually responsible self told her to run. And she did—right into the wildest fantasy weekend of her life. But Monday morning jolted her back to reality, and before she could say "pass the coffee," Sam was gone.

Now a successful wedding planner, Autumn hasn't clapped eyes on the heartbreaking hockey superstar for over two years . . . until she organizes his teammate's "Special Day," where Sam makes a big play to pick up where he left off! But she has vowed any man of hers plays for keeps. Is Sam the man for her or does she banish him to the sin bin forever?

What about you, guys? Let me see your wishlists so I can add more books to mine xD

Friday, July 22, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday (5)

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme created by Parajunkee where bloggers hop around meeting and following other bloggers.


To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Book Review: Viper's Kiss


Viper's Kiss

by Shannon Curtis
Release date: 25th July 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 226 (ARC NetGalley)

Summary from Goodreads:

Librarian Maggie Kincaid yearns for excitement—but being accused of espionage is not what she had in mind. Wanted by the police, the FBI and the criminal element, Maggie goes on the run—and runs straight into sexy Luke Fletcher. Unfortunately, when Luke pulls out the handcuffs, it's not because he has something kinky in mind...

Security expert Luke is intent on seeing the murderous spy known only as Viper brought to justice. The un-spy-like behavior of his fugitive makes him suspect he's apprehended the wrong woman. Just as they give in to lust, new evidence convinces Luke that Maggie's not as innocent as she claims to be.

Devastated by Luke's inability to trust her, Maggie runs again. She's determined to clear her name, and if that means tracking down a notorious spy even Interpol can't seem to locate, then that's exactly what she'll do...

Book Review: Coexist (Keegan's Chronicles)


Coexist (Keegan's Chronicles)

by Julia Crane
Series: Keegan's Chronicle #1
Release date: 10th June 2011
Publisher: Valknut Press
Pages: 119 (epub given by the author)
Second book: "Conflicted" Coming in 2012

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends-she's an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.

In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen. Against tradition, Keegan's brother Thaddeus told her Rourk's name because his visions warned him she'd need Rourk's protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.

Rourk finds himself drawn to Keegan's side every time she thinks his name. He wants to talk to her but remains in the shadows, silently guarding her every time she mentally beckons him. A twist of fate thrusts the two of them together when Rourk is forced to step up his protection and make his presence known.

An ancient prophesy deeply entwines Keegan's family and the future of their society. Somehow they must find a way to thwart fate and win the battle...without losing Keegan. With war brewing, and dark forces aligning, will Keegan and Rourk ever have the life together that they both desire?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (2)


- "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted in Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
- If you want to participate add your "Waiting On Wednesday" to the linky list in her post!



Another Wednesday and another book I can't wait to have in my shelves, woohoo!


Name: Cold Kiss
Author: Amy Garvey
Release Date: 09/20//2011

Official blurb:

“It seemed so right. Danny was mine, I was his, and that wasn’t going to work if he was dead. So I would make him not dead, not anymore. I didn’t think any further than what it would feel like to kiss him again, to wrap my arms around him and bury my head against his shoulder. That was my first mistake. It also turned out to be the biggest.” 

When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved. 

Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart. 

Amy Garvey’s transcendent teen debut is perfect for fans of Shiver and Beautiful Creatures. Wren’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Besides the story (which seems really interesting and intriguing) I think the cover is gorgeous. Not only the lips are well defined and pretty but the letters have a wonderful design. 

And you? Any book to share? I'm always looking for new ideas :D

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Book Review: Im my Dreams


In my Dreams

by Cameo Renae
Release date: 16th May 2011
Publisher: Createspace and Smashwords
Pages: 226 (epub)

Summary from Goodreads:

It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hayes thought she'd outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he's been found... dead.
Michael hasn't crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won't rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy's dreams. When she dreams, it's as if he hasn't died.

Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gifts to help. But will it be enough to save her?

Teaser Tuesday (4)


The rules are simple!
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

Monday, July 18, 2011

Interview: Patti Roberts author of "Paradox - The Angels Are Here"

Ok my beautiful people, today I have amazing news! This is my first interview, woohoo! And I'm really honored that Patti Roberts accepted my proposition. Without further ado let's welcome Patti Roberts!


Interview with Patti Roberts

Alaiel: Hi Patti, once again, thanks a lot for being here. Since this is going to be my first interview I’ll try not to make it too complicated.

Alaiel: When did you decide to become a writer? What was the trigger of that decision?
Patti: It was 2008, I had just had my heart broken, I was Reading a ton of books to take my mind off feeling sorry for myself and I thought, I can do this. I actually started writing the Paradox series in 2009 .

Alaiel: Has your life style changed a lot since you decided to write?
Patti: Most certainly. Firstly, no more broken heart. Writing is such great therapy. And secondly I feel so energized, like having a new lease on life. I even thanked the ex in my book! If it hadn’t been for him I would have never started writing.

Alaiel: What inspires you? What is your muse?
Patti: Not what one would expect. I am driven by my emotions. I try to focus on emotion when I write. I have to feel the story I am telling.

Alaiel: About your book, “Paradox - The Angels Are Here”, which is your favorite character? Mine for example is Theria (besides Grace, of course) and I think it’s because her personality is a little twisted, hahaha.
Patti: Oh there are so many great characters to come. Wait till you meet Theria’s twisted little friends in book 2.

It's Monday! What are you reading?! (5)



It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Book Review: Werewolf Descent


Werewolf Descent

by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
Series: The Last Witch #2
Release date: 15th July 2011
Publisher: Third Broom on the Left Press
Pages: 248 (epub)
Third book: "Witch Devotions" Coming in 2012

Summary from Goodreads:

Last witch in the world, Faith Scott, and her Irish vampire boyfriend Trent have just come back from fighting for their lives to recover the Vampiric Blood gem and Werewolf Moon gem. Thinking they could finally relax and work on the romance growing between them, they now meet a mysterious psychic vampire named Vincent who has his heart set on being with Faith.
Soon bizarre killings of Zou Tai's werewolf pack begin, with rumors of an alchemist possessing the famed philosophers stone being the assailant; which, causes Faith to turn to Vincent for help in figuring out why the werewolves are being murdered.
It isn't long before all those around them test Trent and Faith's love, along with their abilities, once again. It is all Trent can do to keep Faith safe by his side while both go up against a deadly alchemist, deceptive gods, and having to rescue the werewolf prince; yet, after a deal with the God of Werewolves will Trent be able to save himself too?

In My Mailbox (3)


In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren that features books I've received/purchased/won during the current week.



This, for me, was an AMAZING WONDERFUL week, you know why? Because I received tons of books! Woohoo!!! :D I'm so happy! So, let's begin...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

On my Wishlist (3)



On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.



Ok, I don't really have to wait for this because because I have the ARC but still, I want to have this book so badly... xD


The Iron Knight
by Julie Kagawa
Official Blurb:

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday (4)


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme created by Parajunkee where bloggers hop around meeting and following other bloggers.

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Guest post: "Turning inspiration into publication" by Rusty Fischer + Giveaway!

Ok everybody, I'm almost hyperventilating, you want to know why?! Because the first guest post here, in my humble blog, is with Rusty Fischer author of "Zombies don't cry"and "Ushers, Inc"! And he is here to make you smile and laugh. Seriously, he is that good!



Turning Inspiration Into Publication
 A Guest Post by Rusty Fischer

I am a movie buff; I am also a workaholic!!! Since I work from home, I spend a LOT of time cooped up in my office. Some days, I never even leave the house. (Literally! And, yes, I know how sad that sounds.)

But when I do get a break, I generally make a beeline to our local movie theater.

It’s a pretty big one; 16 state of the art theaters in an outdoor mall with a Books-A-Million, a Panera, an Old Navy, a World Market, the works. Sometimes my wife goes with me; most times she doesn’t. (And with my taste in movies, who can blame her?)

The thing is, since I’m a workaholic, it’s hard for me to feel “good” about taking the time off. Even if it’s just for one flick – and usually I try to make it a double-feature – I’m still always antsy that there’s something I should be doing.

Especially when I’m in writing mode. You know writing mode, right? Every sight is an inspiration, every song is part of your own personal, creative soundtrack, every idea – no matter how unformed – is fair game for your next story, novella, poem, blog post, review or even… YA novel.

So usually I’ll bring a little spiral notebook along with me on my movie outings, and a good pen, and I’ll slip them in one of my cargo pants pockets. (Is any of this sounding familiar yet?!?) Usually I’m early, because I’m so glad to have the car and be free of the home office that I don’t look at movie times or schedules, I just… bolt!

So there I am one day last year, looking for an idea for my next YA supernatural romance (and totally out of them), when four ushers stumble into my theater and hunch down together in the front row. It was mid-afternoon, probably shift change, not many people in the theater because, like I said: my taste in movies? Not so great.

But I thought, “Nice one!” Good for them. And as I settled in for the movie, some generic vampire schlock I’ve already forgotten, I was thinking the whole while, “I wonder how many movies they see each week? Every one that comes out? Just the good ones? And if they really, really like a good one, how many times do they see it before it leaves? Three times? Four? Five or six?”

Cover reveal: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver


Pandemonium
by Lauren Oliver
Official Blurb:

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with Delirium, the first book in a thrilling dystopian trilogy in which Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure, the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free.

Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again.

Full of danger, forbidden romance, and exquisite writing, Lauren Oliver’s sequel to Delirium races forward at a breathtaking pace and is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes action of The Hunger Games and the bittersweet love story of Romeo & Juliet.

I know this cover doesn't fit the original cover of Delirium (first part of this trilogy) but I truly believe that the new edition of Delirium and this cover look gorgeous.
So, just in case you haven't look at my other post about the new edition a couple of weeks ago you can see the cover again here:


Don't tell me they are not pretty awesome, because they are. And I love the original one too but these ones... sigh... they won my heart xD

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (1)


- "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted in Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
- If you want to participate add your "Waiting On Wednesday" to the linky list in her post!



Hello everybody! First week participating in this meme and I just created my "Waiting on Wednesday" button. I think it suits me perfectly, I've been in love with pocket watches since I was a child and I have lots of leather bracelets so, as soon as I saw this picture I thought: "This is so me!". Hope you all like it :D

Anyway, let's go to the interesting part, shall we?

What I'm desperately waiting:


Name: The Marked Son
Author: Shea Berkley
Release Date: 08/02/2011

Official blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he’s never met, he had no idea what.
When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents’ farm, he knows he’s seen her before…in his dreams. He’s felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.
Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he’s completely insane or he’s about to have the adventure of his life, because where they’re going is full of creatures he’s only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death…



I just received this ARC so, hopefully I'll be able to write a review about it soon. Not sure when, but soon, hahaha. I think it's going to be a great read, I mean, it sounds great!

Hugs! ^^

Official blurb of "The Iron Knight"!!!


The Iron Knight
by Julie Kagawa

Official Blurb:

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

OMG! It sounds totally awesome!!! I can't wait to read this book!!! Now I have a good reason to read the second and third part... so I can post the review of this book soon! :D I'm not going to sleep for a while, does anyone know a good recipe of coffee?^^

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (3)


The rules are simple!

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

It's Monday! What are you reading?! (4)



It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Book Review: Cinder and Ella


Cinder and Ella

by Melissa Lemon
Release date: 1st September 2011
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Pages: 208 (ARC)

Summary from Goodreads:

After their father’s disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn’t long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself—the most dangerous place in all the kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you'll never forget.

More than 100 followers Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY UPDATE! Patti Roberts, author of "Paradox - The Angels Are Here" very kindly has offered one book or ebook to one lucky winner! (the winner can choose the format).
Is't that great news?! She is such a wonderful person! To read my review of her book click HERE.

OMG!!! I can't believe I already have 118 followers! You guys are amazing, thanks a lot! This might sound a little cheesy but I want to give you all a hug so just close your eyes and imagine it, ok?

Are you done? Sure? Because my hugs can be pretty long, hahaha.

Ok then. I was going to do this giveaway a week ago, when I reached my hundred followers but I've been sick until now... sigh... Anyway, are you ready?!


- The Prize: TWO (2) winners will win a book of their choice from The Book Depository up to $10 and ONE (1) winner will get "Paradox - The Angels Are Here"!
- Open to: The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! (as long as The Book depository ships to you).
- Dates: 11th July - 31st July.

For this giveaway I'm going to use the Rafflecopter widget since I believe it's going to help me a lot to keep track of all your entries. If you find it difficult or confusing let me know so I can see how it works for you too.


The winners will be notified the 1st of August by e-mail and they need to reply within 48 hours or another winner will be choose.

May the Force be with you all!!! :D

Sunday, July 10, 2011

In My Mailbox (2)


In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren that features books I've received/purchased/won during the current week.



Hello everyone! I wish I had posted this before, but I went to Germany to buy a few things xD And for some reason they were having like a "singing day". I'm serious!