Paranormal Week; A List of Paranormal Must Reads and a CONTEST

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This week was full of giveaways.

But your free ride has come to an end, my friends…

Are you a fan of Paranormal novels?

Yes?

*snorts*

PROVE IT!

NAME THAT BOOK CONTEST

List your answers in the comments below. Listed by number.

OR, click on this link.

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THIS CONTEST IS INTERNATIONAL, FOLKS!

You don’t have to get them all right to enter. I will give you a hint: ALL quotes and scenes can be found in the books listed below. Not much of a hint, but it’s a start.

PRIZES

Winner will be picked at random.

Any ebook of your choice under $10.00

PLUS ebook copies of

Running Home by Julie Hutchings

Incendiary by Amy Bartol (or an IOU from me for Iniquity, your choice)

I’m super competitive. And I have to say… I’m not sure anyone will be able to get all 9 right. 😉

Let us begin…

1) I kept running my hands through her hair, hoping the motion could reach her in her sleep and would soothe some of her troubles. I knew she liked it when I played with her hair. It seemed like such an insignificant thing, but it was all I had at the moment.

2) What if something happens to him? Then it will happen to me, too. We are linked, ___________ and me. I feel like I need to protect him, if for no other reason than self-preservation.”

3) Our eyes met, and then he looked over my shoulder. “Get Down.” I didn’t need to be told twice. Like a pro, I hit the floor.

4) I looked down at my bracelet, the wide gold band that had adorned my arm practically since birth. It held a charm tight against the skin on the inside of my wrist, where it continually leached power straight into my bloodstream.

5)I glanced up at him, appreciative and amazed.  Those feelings were immediately subdued when I heard his English accent shout over the rumble.

“Maybe it was reacting to your attitude.”

Appalled at his nerve, I felt my jaw hit the inside of my helmet as it fell open. Before I could even draw a breath, he spoke again. “Looks like my work here is done. Good night and be safe.”

6) He crossed the room with another crack and flash until he was breathing the same air as Roman. Low and cruel, he said, “She’s mine.”

7) “This is hardly the time to worry about your international street creds.”

8) “Those little noises you make– I especially like that one,” he says. He kisses the round edge of my shoulder. His teeth graze my skin, and I inhale a small gasp. “I like that one, too,” he growls.

9) — “And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart. You are not the last dream of my soul. You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming.”

Good luck! You have 3 days!

Here is a list of Paranormal novels I’ve read and a few I’m looking forward to reading.

Let’s break it down a bit into categories.

Angels, Demons, Fallen, Gods

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 #1) City of Bones

#2) City of Ashes

#3) City of Glass (my favorite of the series)

#4) City of Fallen Angels

#5) City of Lost Souls

#6) City of Heavenly Fire is set to be released on May 27th, 2014

The Infernal Devices also by Cassandra Clare

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#1) Clockwork Angel

#2) Clockwork Prince

#3) Clockwork Princess

Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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#1) Half-Blood

#2) Pure

#3) Deity

#4) Apollyon

#5) Sentinel — Set to be released on Nov. 2nd 2014

The Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick

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#1) Hush, Hush

#2) Crescendo

#3) Silence

#4) Finale

Premonition Series by Amy Bartol

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#1) Inescapable

#2) Intuition

#3) Indebted

#4) Incendiary

#5) Iniquity No cover or release date yet. This is a link to Goodreads, please show your love and mark it as “to read”.

Guardian Trilogy by Laury Falter

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#1) Fallen

#2) Eternity

#3) Reckoning

The Second Sign Series by Elizabeth Arroyo

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#1) The second Sign

#2) The Second Shadow Release date Sept. 5th (I’ve read this already and LOVED it)

Providence Series by Jamie McGuire

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#1) Providence

#2) Requiem

#3) Eden

Vampires & Werewolves

Caged Series by Amber Lynn Natusch

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1) Caged 2) Haunted 3) Framed 4) Scarred 5) Fractured 5.5) Novella — Tarnished

Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward

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Running Home by Julie Hutchings

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Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

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1) Wicked as They Come 2) Wicked as She Wants 3) Wicked After Midnight –release date Jan 28th, 2014

Shiver Trilogy (Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Just in case you haven’t read it, Midnight Sun was Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight from Edward Cullen’s POV (yes, inside Edward’s head). She never finished it because someone she trusted leaked it on the internet. She was so upset she never finished it and posted it on her website FOR FREE. Find it here

Blood Like Poison Series by M. Leighton

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1) Blood Like Poison: For Love of a Vampire 2) Destined For a Vampire 3) To Kill an Angel

Aliens !!!

Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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imagesCAVTWBY5 1) Obsidian 2) Onyx 3) Opal 4) Origin 5) Opposition — Will be released summer of 2014. It will be the last book in the series. (NOOOOOOO!!!!!)

I Am Number Four Series Pittacus Lore

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Sound familiar? It may have something to do with this hot dude. That’s John. This book was make into a movie. And let me assure you, the book was way better.

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1) I Am Number Four 2) The Power Of Six 3) The Rise of Nine 4) The Fall of Five <– Just came out and haven’t read this one yet. In my opinion each book in the series is better than the last, Can’t wait!

The Host by Stephanie Meyers

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Magic & Witchcraft!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Residue Series by Laury Falter

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1) Residue 2) Birthright 3) Savior 4) Prophecy  I love this series!

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness I haven’t read this series yet, but one of my blogging besties, Vilma at Vilma’s Book Blog loves this series. It’s at the top of my TBR !

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Madly Series by M. Leighton

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Oh Crap! Why is Jane eating John’s face??

It’s the apocalypse, folks!

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking!!

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1) Hollowland — RIGHT NOW IT’S FREE ON KINDLE!

2) Hollowmen 

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TBR list!!

Conversion by S.C. Stephens (author of Thoughtless ❤ )

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Awakening by Jeanie Grey (friends have raved!)

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Red Hill by Jamie McGuire OUT Oct. 1st 2013 — Two more weeks, two more weeks, two more weeks <– said like, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

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Because The Night by Kristen Strassel To be released Nov. 2013!! I’m 25% into an ARC of this book and I am rushing through this blog post to get back to it!! GAH! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Please mark it on Goodreads as “to read” so you don’t forget!

 

 

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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifies) by Cassandra Clare — Mortal Instruments spin-off set in L.A.

City of Heavenly Fire Mortal Instruments book #6 !!! May 27th 2014 no cover yet

 

Paranormal Week; Villains We Love To Hate

Villains we love to hate?

No, I’m pretty sure I hate them. And the “L” word has no place in this post! I wish these villains a slow, painful death. But why? Damn good writing is your answer.

Villains make trouble for our main characters. They also kill or seriously wound side characters we almost loved, and some we didn’t give two shits about, but dammit… now we do. Because we needed another reason to hate on the villain and create pay-back and/or killing scenarios in our heads.

Getting back to my “it’s the writing” comment. There are a thousand and one different things that make up an excellent villain. For me, to make the villain believable, you need two things; unpredictability, and being able to (most of the time) out smart the main characters I love.

If those two things aren’t there, well, so you’re a dude with a grudge who is not nice. *yawn*

And therefore something else in the story is lost; Stakes. If I don’t believe that the villain is psycho and cunning enough to really, truly cause my peeps harm… then I’m bored. Worse! I nit-pick everything. Suddenly the protagonist is a total dumbass. And the hero is good for nothing more than the kissy-face scenes. And even those don’t do it for me now.

I love me a vicious, calculating, delusional villain. Here are a few of my favorites. And please, if you have a few that aren’t listed here… by all means give them a shout-out in the comments below.

Blake from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

What a douche.

Blake is a new kid in town. California surfer, throw-back T-shirt wearing, I-don’t-care-about-my-hair-but-yeah-I-know-it’s-perfect hair, and he’s mysterious.

I liked Blake at first. I thought — Oh yeah! What is Daemon going to do with this guy who has the hots for Katy? Here we go, a delicious love triangle I get to fret over!

And what’s this? He’s… not… normal?… oh God! Ha, ha, ha! Now we are on a new and yummy level! Blake has powers! So– Blake hotness taken up a few notches, Katy’s blind trust, and one pissed off Luxen who refused to make Katy his girl. Oops.

Aside from the love-triangle drama are the “real” problems. Keeping alien secrets, making sure the government agency that controls the Luxen don’t find out Katy was changed when Daemon healed her… and oh, yeah. The enemy alien race is after them all.

Well, crap. It all sucks. To make matters worse, Katy can’t control her new powers.

Powers… that seem… just like Blake’s. And guess who swoops in to save the day? Yep, Blake.

But hold up

Daemon doesn’t trust him. My douche radar is up too…

Then it happens, betrayal on a crushing level. Death, kidnapping, secrets exposed. But Blake has a reason. He too was healed by a Luxen. And once a Luxen heals a human they are tied together. If one dies, so does the other. Blake’s other half is held captive by the agency and tortured as a way to blackmail Blake into doing what they want.

And they want Katy.

Side note: I hate Blake on so many levels that Katy & Daemon’s rationale for NOT killing Blake (his other half will die) doesn’t even fly with me anymore. In my mind, I’ve made it ok, cause maybe, I don’t know, he’s on life support or whatever. It’s possible.

Valentine from The Mortal Instruments Series

This Shadow Hunter takes delusional to a whole new level of, GTFO!! He did what!!?? 

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We meet Valentine in City of Bones. I love what Cassandra Clare did with Valentine… he had been talked about, fretted over, and finally, FINALLY we meet him. By this point I’m so jacked up over him, that when he drops the twist of all twists on Clary and Jace…

*can’t mention his name without a pic. *

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I believed Valentine. He is so sick and evil, he would totally do what HE SAID HAPPENED after Jace was born.

Fast forward…

Many books later and my hatred is like nothing I’ve felt before while reading a book. What he did to Jace by the lake… the look on Jace’s face (VALENTINE RAISED HIM AS HIS OWN!)… Clary laying helplessly by (paralyzed)  & WATCHING! She couldn’t talk! Valentine took her voice too with his demonic spells and runes! SHE COULDN’T EVEN CALL OUT TO JACE!

Oh. My. God.

WORST FRICKIN’ 20 MINUTES SPENT READING… ever. The anticipation was maddening, I was hysterical, and literally made deals with God in my head for it all to work out.

Have any of you seen the movie?? Jace on the motorcycle in leather pants!!! That is all. 🙂

Abaddon from Fallen by Laury Falter

I talked about Maggie in the Badass Chicks post.

I mentioned the Fallen that were after her. Well, meet Abaddon, their leader. Straight -up psycho of the first order!!

Here’s one thing about the fallen in the Guardian Trilogy. The clock starts ticking the second the fallen die on Earth, because they will fall… again. And find you in minutes. *chills*

And his goal for hundreds of years? Maggie. The pleasure Abaddon  takes in torturing Maggie, Eran, and the rest of their angel friends is just, well, it leaves you with a feeling that you don’t know how far it will go. The creep-out factor is at a level that I am certain with every turn of the page Abaddon will show AGAIN and sever wings or string up my precious Eran and watch as demon creatures take bites.

I love Eran! I love his cabin in Heaven by the lake.

I love how nervous he was when “human Maggie” (his wife in former lives) came to the cabin for the first time.

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Abaddon is a sociopath, one with powers. As I stated in the beginning of this post, we need stakes!! AND boy, do you get ’em with this trilogy!

Ryker from Shadow of Wrath (Sins of the 7) by L.W. Patricks

What a f#cking bastard!!

Shadow of Wrath is a dark dystopia, but there are some paranormal elements in it. So, I’m calling it a cross-over. 😉

In this book it is kill or be killed for the children in Ryker’s arena. Like Hunger Games meet the Gladiator.  The crowds bet, Ryker sets up boys for sure death to make sure the odds are in his favor.

In this world Ryker is in charge, and his delusional, psychotic ass actually thinks he’s doing it all for the greater good of every person who works for him, he enslaves, he kills. And let’s not forget the human trafficking.

Oh God, my hate for this guy… I would like to introduce him to my Louisville Slugger!

The one boy who he controls but can never fully get under his thumb, is Dog. Death Match survivor, friend to slave girl Allegra, and one way or another… Dog decides that Ryker will pay.

We come to the villain I couldn’t wait to tear apart before I got the interview questions back. So Kristin, who does reviews for this blog, was more than happy to do Brennus for this post. Then she sent it. It’s long. She cut the word count and it’s still long. 🙂 We cut a deal, she could keep THE WHOLE Brennus-hate session in here if she finally reads Divergent.

Here it is. THANK YOU SO MUCH Kristin!

We are first introduced to Brennus in book two of the Premonition Series, ‘Intuition’.  Evie feels his presence before she even sees him and not in that heart fluttering butterflies in the tummy good way.  No, what she feels is a bone chilling sensation that tells her something isn’t right. When she looks around for the source of this threatening (evil) presence she spots a tall “man” with short, black hair, pale skin and green eyes who is almost angelic looking.  Heart pounding, wings twitching in her back, instincts telling her he’s not human.  Armed with only a letter opener and the knowledge that she’s most likely f#cked, she makes a last ditch effort to escape.  But like all obsessive stalkers, Brennus has other plans; he has her harpooned in a net, slices her Achilles tendon so she can’t run off and punches her into unconsciousness so he can drag her to his underground lair.

And this, my friends, is where s#it gets real.  You’re either swooning or burning with rage over what Brennus does to Evie in the name of love (obsession).

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The swooners’ Brennus

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Kristin’s Brennus

Brennus makes it clear to Evie she will never be leaving and his undead people eating minions are instructed to stop her if she tries to leave.  And the added bonus, she will be by his side, as his queen, for all eternity.  (How nice of him to not give her a choice.) But first she must be turned into a Gancanagh.  If she doesn’t give up her soul willingly, he’ll force it out of her by any means necessary.  Evie, being the badass she is, flat out refuses.  This act of defiance earns her another punch in the face and a nice set of shackles and chains.  (Seriously, THIS is an act of LOVE?)   

Now it’s time for Evie to be shown to her cell with no windows and a dirt floor where she will rest uncomfortably, without food and water, for days.  When water is finally offered to her, Evie refuses to drink it; she’s wise to what Brennus is doing. (Fist pump).  Once Brennus realizes Evie would rather die than spend an eternity with him, as an immortal monster, he replenishes her fluids via an IV and lets her out of her cell.  She’s allowed to bathe, which of course, Brennus must supervise. (like a creeper).  Once she’s clean, she’s relocated to Brennus’ bedroom where he so graciously rips off her underwear and dresses her in skimpy lingerie.

With nothing left of her dignity, Evie is now forced to “show her skills” by fighting one of Brennus’ minions.  However, she is allowed to wear a pair of boxer briefs for this.  Evie begs Brennus not to make her do this.  Brennus chooses Keegan to fight for team Gancanagh.  They are given knives and told to square off.  Keegan slices her up good and vows to cut off her wings.  Brennus watches.  Evie, fearing for her life, slits his throat.  While everyone is distracted by Keegan bleeding out on the floor, Evie makes a run for it but she’s caught before she can get away.

Evie, shaken by the fact that she killed someone, begs Brennus to help her.  Does he offer her comfort?  No.  He bites her and drains her until she’s unconscious.  When she wakes up she learns she will lust for the blood of the Gancanagh who bit her.  This hunger?  Yeah, it’s really, really painful.  Evie, not wanting to be turned, refuses to knock back Brennus’ blood offering, thus choosing death.  Brennus, the humanitarian he is, bites her again.  Although this time, he’s generous enough to leave her conscious so she really feels the pain.  It’s the final push over the edge.  He finally broke her.

“When I bit her, it caused her extreme pain.”

  “Yeah, ya love her—ya sick freak.”

Thank you, Russell.  You took the words right out of my mouth. (exploding fist bump)

And this is just the beginning of Brennus’ efforts to claim Evie.  As his obsession grows, his actions intensify and he will not rest until he has made Evie is his queen.

Dear Brennus…..

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Signed, TEAM REED

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As a proud member of TEAM REED, I must end a Brennus post with something REEDcentric.

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What’s this?
Could it be a Reed and Evie angel baby…..

I’m down with that.

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Paranormal Week; Those Are Some Badass Chicks! Plus a HUGE Giveaway

WELCOME TO

PARANORMAL WEEK!!!

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We are so excited to celebrate all these amazing authors!

Who is with us!!?? HELL YEAH!

We’ll be talking about all our favs, interviewing characters, SWOONING, 3 giveaways & a contest!!

Day 1 — Some badass chicks! And giveaway

Day 2 — Interview with Brennus from Amy Bartol’s Premonition Series & 2 more giveaways!!

Day 3 — Interview with ❤ Nicholas French ❤ from Julie Hutchings Running Home *SWOON!!*

Day 4 — Character profiles on Daemon Black, Aiden St Delphi, Reed Wellington & Angels, Nickolas French, Jace Wayland, Conner & Sean from the Caged Series, Gavin Blake from Collide & Pulse <– NO, it’s not a paranormal book… but our love for Gavin is on a paranormal level!

Day 5 — Villains we love to hate on Friday the 13th *wah ha ha ha*

AND! A contest! Free ride’s over, folks– time to work for your prize. *evil laugh*

Day 6 — A list of our favorite paranormal novels and some we’re looking forward to reading

GIVEAWAY

Click on the picture for a link to the giveaway. Or this link http://bit.ly/18KI1Ac

MANY ways to enter!!

And please help us support all the amazing authors who helped to make this giveaway so awesome — you can enter by liking or following them on Facebook and Twitter!  

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1 grand prize winner

1 $25 Amazon gift card

1 ebook copy each of Origin, Half-Blood, Fallen, Residue, Haven, The Second Sign, The Second Shadow, Fractured, Running Home, Collide and Pulse, Shadow of Wrath, an ebook from the Blood Like Poison series & Madly Series, Down to You & The Wild Ones!!

1 hardcover of Dark Lover!

Signed paperbacks!!

2 from Premonition Series

The Second Sign

Running Home

4 winners will receive

1 $5.00 Amazon gift card

1 ebook of Running Home, Shadow of Wrath, Fallen

Now let’s talk about some badass chicks!

When coming up with ideas for this week of all things paranormal it occurred to me that, what the hell? I do nothing on the protagonists these books are centered around? That’s just wrong. So wrong.

I will admit that this post was the one slotted to be scratched if I ran out of time. Thank God my hypocrisy can remain with things like– talking about people who talk about people. And we can have some fun with these heroines we love and sometimes hate.

Badass thy name is Evie…

From the Premonition series by Amy Bartol.

Evie Claremont’s life changed forever the first time she felt the butterflies-in-the -tummy pull that drew her straight to Reed Wellington. She went from normal college freshman to healing unbelievably fast, super-human hearing, and she could outrun a train, ya know, like Superman. But Evie is no super hero. She’s a badass Serph Angel that holds the key to ending a war between the Fallen and Heaven. Only she has no clue until she sprouts her wings and discovers the Fallen are after her.

So is Brennus, a king of the undead, evil faeries (or fellas) that show up in  INTUITION (book #2) and never leave. Like a pimple that comes back every month. (yeah, I went there)

As Evie accepts who and what she is, she falls in love with Reed, discovers she has a soul mate (Russell), is betrayed by a friend none of us saw coming, is kidnapped repeatedly, tortured, hunted by her own kind, and through all this– our girl is NEVER the damsel in distress. Her ass is saved many times, but it is Evie who makes hard and fast decisions in the name of love, friendship and what is right.

Badass thy name is also Ruby…

Folks, holy crap. If you have not read Caged by Amber Lynn Natusch then do so. Now.

For the first 28 years of Ruby’s life she was blind. Until an attack in the woods left her parents dead and Ruby near death, naked, alone, and unconscious.

She woke with her sight, that took a backseat to her injuries and fear. Then this happened…

“I opened my eyes to a man. My breathing stopped short and I stared. I wasn’t aware of the movement of my arm until I could actually see my own hand touching his face in adoration. He was smiling at me. I closed my eyes and exploded his face with my hands as I’d done a million times to others throughout my life….”

That man was Sean. ❤

I wasn’t always down with Ruby’s choices, or her lack of being able to see what was so clear to me. BUT, this all stays true to who Ruby is. She led a sightless, sheltered, and closed off emotional life. This left her naive, and too trusting at times and not trusting enough at others. She uses humor as a defense mechanism, and her sarcastic attitude covers what she’s really feeling. I just love her.

Ruby is an empath who can sense other’s emotions. But that not the weirdest thing about her. Come to find out Ruby is something rare, so incredibly rare that she becomes a target. And before Ruby has time to digest any of it, and before Sean can figure out what to do, the unthinkable happens and our innocent Ruby suffers at the hands of her own kind. In ways that (thank God) the author didn’t drag us through.

But Ruby is strong, determined and yes, a total and complete badass. WHOOT!

That’s just in book #1. There are 5 more books in this series so far.

Badass thy nickname is Maggie…

From the Guardian Trilogy by Laury Falter

What if you had a gift to visit Heaven in your sleep? What would you do with it? Who would you see?

If you’re Magdalene Tanner you use it to help others by setting up a table in a park and offer to bring messages to people’s loved one.

You love her already, right? It gets better, way better. Miss Messenger is being watched, and feels a sense a dread closing in on her.

Enter Eran, guardian angel to Maggie. Turns out Maggie is the last messenger on Earth and she’s lived many lifetimes. So have her enemies, the Fallen. Maggie takes this news head on and sets out to destroy the Fallen. She trains hard and does her best to protect those she loves, including Eran whose sole purpose is to protect her.

On a swoon-worthy note: Maggie can visit former lives in Heaven through scrolls for each soul. And of course, Maggie does what any of us would do… she visits Eran!!! Oh God! It’s all so real and HE’S THERE waiting… always waiting for his girl!

Badassery thy name is Katy…

From the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Let’s just start off with this: Katy endures Daemon Black’s shirtless, pen-poking, taunting, Kitty-calling ass in a way that makes me want to nominate her for something official… like an award for the best poker face. Because if I lived next door to Daemon, you can bet your then-jealous ass I’d be all about it. Katy will take no one’s crap, is proud of who she is, and will stop at nothing to protect those she loves.

Katy moves to small town USA with her double shift working mom after her father’s death and ends up BFF’s with the sort of mysterious girl next door. Dee also has a twin brother, Daemon. Equally mysterious and a total jerk.

One near fatal mistake later and Katy finds out why. Daemon saves her life, but in doing so changes her life in an irreversible way. Where before she worried about making meals, normal teenage crap, reading books,  and blogging… Katy is throw into a world she should have never known existed and also, she’s glowing and moving things by thought. And now that she does, shit gets real– quick. Katy can’t control her new powers and trains her butt off. The first time Daemon and the rest of the Luxen see Katy tap into the “source”, they were just as awestruck as the rest of us.

In book #4, Origin, Daemon Black will burn down the world to save his girl. And Katy will stop at nothing to save herself.

Tomorrow is our interview with Brennus, you do not want to miss it! We’ll also have two more giveaways tomorrow– Yep, time to pick a team, folks.

We’ll also have some juicy teasers

Interview with Author Elizabeth Arroyo

We are very excited to have Elizabeth Arroyo here

author of The Second Sign!

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Kindle edition on Amazon is $3.99

“Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. 

But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection. 

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.”

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*That sacrifice DID change everything and I can’t get book #2, The Second Shadow, in my hands fast enough!*

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The Second Sign was released earlier this year by Sapphire Star Publishing. How much has life changed since becoming a published author?   Life hasn’t changed all that much. I have deadlines now, but everything else remained the same. I still have a day job, spend as much time with family as I can, and have loads of housework.

This book is a dark young adult paranormal romance. Some scenes were so raw and graphic I felt, at times, that I was right there and marveled at the darkness that came out of your brain. Did you debate taking out or taming down some of the horror in The Second Sign?

I marvel at the darkness in my brain too. =)  It’s kinda scary, really.  After writing one of the graphic scenes, I did pull back to evaluate how far, or how dark, I wanted the book to be. I realized that it was going to be dark and those scenes were important to show the nature of demons.  I did tame down some of the scenes, especially the scene at the Crossroads where most of the murders took place.  We wanted to keep it as “dark” and not venture too far into “horror” territory. 

One thing that is hard to pull off in a romance novel is “love at first sight”. Elizabeth, you pulled it off! Jake and Gabby DO have something between them at first sight. However, neither of them can figure out what and it seemed believable and acceptable within the paranormal setting. AND THAT ENDING! WHOA. What is in store for Jake and Gabby in the next book in this series?

Thank you! I was worried about the insta-love between them, but it was an important part for the story. Gabby and Jake are confused about their feelings for each other because it isn’t a “normal” attraction, and they both can feel that. The reader finds out the reason behind their visceral attraction in book two.

The ending…it is so hard for me to write “happily ever after.” Let’s just leave it at that. =)

While book one focuses more on Gabby’s changes, book two focuses on Jake. We see his progression deeper into what he’s become, his purpose, and how he’s connected to Gabby. We also have some great sidekick characters in book two that I fell in love with.  And of course, we have loads of action and mayhem.

You are from Chicago. Me too.

Awesome!

Cubs or Sox fan?

Oh, you are bringing it on. I’m a Southsider. Sox all the way, baby. =)

*** Oh, I’m bringing it all right! 😉 I will admit to owning a Sox World Series champs T-shirt. BUT, it’s my go-to top when cleaning with BLEACH ***

Deep dish or stuffed pizza? Give a shout out to your favorite pizza place.

Deep dish. Connie’s Pizza is my favorite.

What do you think of people who put ketchup on their hot dogs? (It’s ok if YOU do. My daughter is also an offender. I will still buy anything you write)

Oh, no!!!  My daughter is excused too.

How far along is book #2 in this series and will you PLEASE give us a hint?

Book two has a title: THE SECOND SHADOW. I’m so excited! We are currently working on the cover and I’m working on the edits.  It is currently scheduled to be released September 5th.   I haven’t written the blurb yet.

I can say that we meet Jake and Gabby four months after the events in Maine. Gabby is struggling with her change, and Jake is coming to terms with what he did over the summer.  

As the Harbinger, Jake heralds the apocalypse and Hell’s gate begins to dissolve. But he still has free will. All he has to do is let go of his past and learn to accept who or what he is.  

But what will he choose?

**inserts wicked laugh**

What else are you working on right now?

I’m currently pitching a YA supernatural thriller.

Thanks for the interview, Gabi!

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Elizabeth spent most of her younger years as an avid reader with a wild imagination which led her to write her first manuscript at the age of fourteen. Her fascination with the paranormal was influenced by the vivid ghost and demon stories her father told her as a child, scaring the crap out of her. It also led her to ask the “what if” question that propelled her down the path of the fantastical.
But, life got in the way. Elizabeth completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Northeastern Illinois University and works in the community strengthening families. Her love of stories held, and in 2008 she found herself back into her storytelling roots and began writing again. Since then she’s published a short story in SQ Magazine, countless musings on her blog – Chandara Writes, and completed three manuscripts.
In 2012, Elizabeth signed with Sapphire Star Publishing to release her debut novel, THE SECOND SIGN, a Dark YA Paranormal Romance, slated for an early 2013 release.
Elizabeth resides in Chicago with her family, a household of kids, and the bliss of chaos. The good kind.

I’d like to add here that Elizabeth is sweet, funny and an all around awesome person. I devoured The Second Sign and The Second Shadow focusing on Jake? Yay!!

Thank you so much Elizabeth!

Brennus; The Men, Angels, And Undead Of The Premonition Series

This week is about ALL the men, angels, and undead.

I’d also like to say thank you for all the shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!! It’s awesome that so many people spread their love for this series!! Especially with Iniquity coming out soon (I hope).

I gave myself a birthday gift recently – a post with some of my favorite swoon worthy fictional characters. Some of those authors are, Cassandra Clare, Nicole Williams, Sarah Fine, Colleen Hoover (LOVE!!), Veronica Roth, Laury Falter, Abbi Glines, and M. Leighton <–all Amazon links

Here it is in case you missed it

In the comments a few ladies suggested we all read the Premonition series by Amy Bartol. One said she was Team Brennus; the other was 100% Team Reed.

We can’t do an entire week of the Premonition without including Brennus. In an effort to remain fair to Brennus I asked Cristina from Cristina’s Book Reviews to tell us about her man.

Cristina asked that I not mention ____ <– name of the most amazing angel that EVER fictionally lived. So her Brennus could “shine”.

I have my battle shirt on….

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And my hands ready at the keys…wired on coffee…

LET’S DO THIS

Meet Brennus; Undead

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When I first stumbled upon Inescapable, I had no idea how much I would love this series and to say “I love it” is putting it lightly.  I have stalked the master storyteller, Amy Bartol since September and I believe the restraining order has been filed but I’m hoping those charges will be dropped soon.  In any event, I’m beyond thankful to Amy for introducing me to the fictional character that I want to marry and yes, it’s boarder-line unhealthy but who cares, right?

Moving on…

I see that you’ve met Reed, Zee and Russell.  *big yawn* While I think they’re nice, let’s just say…they don’t do it for me.  One word: Brennus.  Ladies, be prepared to fall in love and I mean, fall hard.

Brennus is introduced in book two of the Premonition Series, Intuition and this is when he meets Evie and nothing will ever be the same again.  Like EVER.

“I think ye’re looking at dis da wrong way. Why wouldn’t ye want ta be one of us; ta be protected and cared for by Gancanagh who will always have yer back?” he asks. “We will never look at ye like ye’re scum…like ye do na have a right ta exist.”

I get it, Brennus was a bit brutal with Evie when they first met but then Amy Bartol teases us with little shreds of hope that Brennus does in fact have redeeming qualities.

Just when I think I know Brennus, I really don’t because he becomes more than loveable in Indebted (#3). He demonstrates he’s capable of being selfless.  If he was attracted to Evie before, he’s now full on head over heels for her and he wants to make her his Queen.

“Dis is…ye are giving me yer blood?” he asks with a sultry look I can feel. “I’m giving you my trust.  That is the blood I planned on drinking in order to stop the craving of being bitten.  You can do whatever you want with it – my blood.  I just ask that you protect the trust I have given you,” I say, watching his eyes grow dark as he puts the stopper back on the bottle. “Do ye know dat no one has given me anyting since I died?” he asks, extending his hand for me to take, I sit next to him again.  “Everyting dat I have I have had ta fight for or earn”.

 

That one passage is so heartbreaking!!

I will admit that Brennus broke my heart in Incendiary (#4) but I think people do crazy things when they’re in love.  Okay, so the things he does is a bit over the top and somewhat drastic but I’m still team Brennus.

“I’ll save her, aingeal.  I’ll make her storng again,” Brennus says.  CLICK, his fangs engage and he uses them to tear open his flesh.  He lets his dark blood well up.“Why can I na do it?” Brennus spits out in torment.  “Why can I na turn her?”

Relief makes my neck bend and my head hang forward.  “You love her soul – willing or not.  Her soul has been rooting for you – for your redemption.”

“Dere is no redemption for me, ye know dat.”

There are so many layers to Brennus but once you reach his core, you know he’s not all evil.  Yes he’s mercurial and somewhat obsessive but no one is perfect.

I urge you all to take a walk on the dark side and you might find that you’ll love it as much as I do!

Brennus will always be MOIN!!! 😉

THANK YOU SO MUCH Cristina!

And thank you to all the Amy Bartol fans who stopped by and showed their love! This week was a blast!

I ask that everyone play nice. No name calling to each other (characters in the books is okay). We are all fans of the same books. Let’s keep that in mind while we rip each other’s opinions to shreds!

ALSO, since this will be the last Premonition post on this blog until Book #5

Get it ALL out of your system! Who you love, hate, don’t trust, root for, and…

Feel free to flat out beg Amy Bartol for the one thing that you NEED to happen.

Zephyr; The Men, Angels, And Undead Of The Premonition Series

This week is about ALL the men, angels, and undead. That means I have to set my obsession aside and be fair.

I’d also like to say thank you for all the shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!! It’s awesome that so many people spread their love for this series!! Especially with Iniquity coming out soon (I hope).

OK — HERE WE GO!

I gave myself a birthday gift recently – a post with some of my favorite swoon worthy fictional characters. Some of those authors are, Cassandra Clare, Nicole Williams, Sarah Fine, Colleen Hoover (LOVE!!), Veronica Roth, Laury Falter, Abbi Glines, and M. Leighton <–all Amazon links

Here it is in case you missed it

In the comments a few ladies suggested we all read the Premonition series by Amy Bartol. One said she was Team Brennus; the other was 100% Team Reed.

I will start by saying that I am Team Reed.

Are there only two teams?

Meet Zephyr; Power Angel

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Lethal assassin badass! A machine that annihilates the Fallen.

Zephyr is Reed’s best friend. When we first meet Zephyr (Zee), however, we have no clue how fast and hard we will fall for him.

Book #1 Reed’s house. Evie is at a party and Fallen show up. She tells Russell to call Reed and Evie runs (lightning fast speed) to Reed’s house. Only Reed isn’t home.

Oh no.

…. “A soft rustle of fabric coming from the library down the hall, alerts me to the fact that someone is here…. I stop dead in my tracks…. I scan the perfect figure of the angel in front of me…. Slowly, his dark-brown eyebrows pull dangerously close together over his ice-blue eyes. Then, my fear doubles as a low, primal growl accompanies his severe frown.”

Where is Reed!!??

Also, that’s hot.

“Tires screech on the pavement just beyond Reed’s driveway, and my eyes snap open wider…. In seconds, Reed is in the room and has me cradled in his arms…. “I did not harm her,” The angel speaks to Reed in a defensive tone…. He lets me go…. Whirling on the other angel…. Reed’s shirt tears instantly and falls away from his body, while his gray wings arc out in menace.”

Can you picture it? I CAN!

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*fans hand in front of face*

…. “Zephyr, if you ever do anything like that to Evie again, you will pray for death.” …. Zephyr grunts and says in a serious tone, “I will kill anything that attempts to harm her.”

And so it begins.

Let us review all the ways Zee has become, for any Team member, the one character in this amazing series we simply cannot live without.

Book #2

Evie cuts Zee while sparing. Reed is shocked and demands Evie show him. Reed leaps forward, and takes a viscous swipe at her, coming within centimeters.

Mr. Soul mate, Russell, is having none of it!

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Russell– …. “I shoot forward to pounce on Reed, but am held by Zephyr who whispers in my ear, “Do not go there. He will kill you.”

Zee– Always the voice of reason. Always stepping in. Always with his military plans of attack and/or escape.

Fast forward. Evie escapes from Brennus’ cave with Russell’s help…

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 only to find out that Zee and Reed have been captured by the Powers and charged with treason.

What is a half-breed Seraph Angel to do?

She goes and gets her angels, that’s what she does!!

TEAM EVIE!!!!

Zee and Reed, hearing Evie give herself up in exchange for them, fight their way into the room. They are bruised, cut, and Zee is … “courageously facing down about twenty or so Powers that are cautiously approaching them from the left and from the right…. Reed just has me in his sights—his expression is lethal.”

Whoa. It gets worse…..

…”Reed pulls me to him, crushing me in a vise-like embrace…. My eyes lock on Zephyr’s blue ones over Reed’s shoulder. He looks wrecked, like he has given everything he has to get to this point…. I reach my hand out to him and he takes it in his, hugging Reed and I together.”

 I feel gutted! I love them! Since we’re going down that road

“Reed places me in Zephyr’s waiting embrace…. Zephyr is trying to calm me down by speaking to me softly in Angel, while petting my hair…. Zee is eyeing all the other angels suspiciously while his arms remain around me.”  <– That part was when I knew if Amy EVER killed off Zee, I would never forgive her.

I came to depend on Zee’s strength as much as the rest of “the family” did through the rest of this series. Zee’s nod of approval, his grunts, his growls of either warning or stamp of approval for the way Reed is handling himself (love that!!) had me both sitting up straighter and relaxing.

Book #4 In the kitchen, battles over for now.

Zee and Reed eye each other. They vow, with an exchange of feathers, to be brothers and always have one another’s backs. I can’t quote it. It’s too emotional for me. And this post is running late as it is due to my inability to STOP reading each book while searching for quotes.

Okay. Let’s talk book #5

My fears:

Xavier roughed up Zee’s girl, Buns trying to get info. BASTARD! Worse! What will Zee do about it? Oh, God… Can he win a challenge? Will Reed step in? Xavier will challenge Reed for Evie. Will Zee step in? Will he be killed? Called back to Heaven? What if something awful happens to Buns? Going back to book #1 — Evie asks Zee what kind of angel is Lucifer? He’s a Seraph. I don’t even want to think about Evie and Lucifer facing off….

My wishes:

BRENNUS FINALLY DIES! , Tau is completely humiliated — Amy, please have his wings severed in the process! , Reed and Evie have a baby (it could happen), Evie can CHANGE Finn back. He’s still on my trust list! Dammit! ,  Russell and Evie detroy the Fallen.

What are your Zee moments?

Fears for book#5

Wishes for book#5

Up Next — BRENNUS

Miss Cristina over at Cristina’s Book Reviews is Team Brennus. She will be doing the Brennus post for us! YAY!

 Earlier today  I issued a challenge of my own — Letting her, and every other Team Brennus member know — Team Reed is ready!

Here it is

We are expecting an ice storm here. If Brennus isn’t up on this blog, that’s why.

Bring It!!

Zee will be posted later

FIRST

In preparation for Cristina’s Brenuus post on the Premonition series by Amy Bartol

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CALLING ALL TEAM BRENNUS MEMBERS

Team Reed is ready…

Que the music !

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Also, this is me

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These are my back-up wings

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Yea, I’m branded. And no, I’m not taking this too far. 😉

Taking it TOO far would have been digging into my 9 yr old daughter’s bin of fake tattoos. Okay, so I looked… she was out of wing tattoos.

*dead serious face* & * said in a menacing tone*

BRING IT