Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hello =D

Hey everybody!!! 

So sorry I have not been on for awhile. I really just needed to take a break and read for myself. I think i jumped in to fast and tried to do so many things at once that I burned out. I have Die for Me on Currently reading but honestly, I finished that book a long time ago along with the second book in the series, Until I die. I wrote to the publicist of Amy Plum to see if i could get the ARC and she said I am on her mailing list, so hopefully I will get it soon =D 

I have not forgotten about you guys. I am just not sure if i want this blog to be just about reviews since it is my NOOK (my little corner) not literally a nook reader. I do have a nookcolor but I also have a kindle. I would love to connect with my followers, talk about my book life since i am guessing everybody who follows me loves books as much as I do. Which brings me to my Christmas presents. I know not everybody celebrates Christmas so I would like to say Happy Holidays to every one =D I received money for xmas. I was to spend a certain amount on clothes and the rest for myself. I had to spend some on bills and buy presents for others. I finally had some left over for myself and guess what I got? Books! and a dvd. I loooove Vampire Diaries. I have the first two seasons so I HAD to get the third one. I know amazon sometimes have specials especially during the holidays. When i bought the first season it was only 11!!! I waited till the special for the third season was on and it finally did. I got it right away and had plenty left for books. Problem was that i wanted too many!! I I had a list alphabetized by author and their series and the date the series came out. For example Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. Seriously peoplez, her series are amazing. 
Here is what I ordered

Vampire Diaries Season 3
Starcrossed By Josephine Angelini
Dreamless By  Josephine Angelini
The Body Finder By Kimberly Derting
The Last Echo By Kimberly Derting 
Desire of the Dead By Kimberly Derting
The Pledge By Kimberly Derting
Carrier Of The Mark By Leigh Fallon
Fifty Shades Of Grey Trilogy ( I already have it on my nook but i had to get them on my shelf!) 

Did anybody else get books or recommend any? 

Please ignore the I's. I keep forgetting so capitalize them and too lazy to go back and fix all of them >_<

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Goodnight, Brian By Steven Manchester Review

Fate was working against little Brian Mauretti. The food that was meant to nourish him was poisoning him instead, and the doctors said the damage was devastating and absolute. Fate had written off Brian. But fate didn’t count on a woman as determined as Brian’s grandmother, Angela DiMartino – who everyone knew as Mama. Loving her grandson with everything she had, Mama endeavored to battle fate. Fate had no idea what it was in for.

An emotional tale about the strength of family bonds, unconditional love, and the perseverance to do our best with the challenging gifts we receive, GOODNIGHT, BRIAN is an uplifting tribute to what happens when giving up is not an option.

Author Bio
:  Steven Manchester is the published author of Pressed Pennies, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy and Jacob Evans, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of his short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

5/5 Looooooved it
Whenever I think about Steven Manchester's writing, I know it's going to be like a fresh breath of air since I mostly read paranormal. With Goodnight, Brian I was absolutely stunned by the situation( I am not one to read blurbs, I just dove into the story). I loved how this book challenged the family and made them even stronger. It gives people hope and determination to do something since there is no such thing as CAN'T for the wonderful grandma whom you would grow to love. I would recommend this to everybody who sometimes wonder if faith is enough. Faith is everything. Where professionals have failed, faith has conquered. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Chronicles of Fire and Ice Tour Blog Stop

Is love stronger than race?

The world is changeing as we know it, the human race is dwindling, but so are the angels. In order to preserve their bloodlines they have bred with humans, creating a new race called Nephilim. But there is one race that is more endangered than humans or Seraphim, Archangels.
As most people believe the Archangels have become extinct, rumours surface of a Legend; that a baby was born out of flame, the offspring of an archangel.

Dyston Blackbell is tasked to find and protect this child. He sends her strange dreams in hope that she will find him. When he discovers that she has enrolled at his family’s angel academy in Melbourne, he will do anything to protect Scarlett. But when he finds himself falling for her the Heavenly realm rejects him.

But 21-year-old Scarlett Porter realises that being half Archangel has some advantages. She has developed a unique trait, one that marks her as an Archangel. Will she keep it to herself or use it to fight back?

When an old enemy resurfaces, The Lucifites, Scarlett discovers that Dyston’s older brother Lakyn is at the helm of their sinister plans; to destroy the Nephilim race or use Scarlett for their own selfish purposes when they find out who she really is.

And when Lakyn discovers that Scarlett had only seduced him to rescue Dyston from his prison in the Realm of Light, it sends him on a journey of self-discovery and destruction. One that sees him venturing farther off course than his father would like. Will he choose a new life of love or his old life of darkness?

Author Bio
I am an Australian author who began writing when I was fifteen or sixteen, originally song lyrics, but then moved onto fanfiction when I was nineteen. Having published over 20 stories online. One of which was nominated for an award. I have also written, directed and starred in two original plays entitled, “No Frills Airlines: Flight 123,” and the sequel, “No frills Airlines: Come Fly with Us.” The latter of which was a musical.

I have studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science and dramatic arts but have always known my true calling was writing.
My hobbies include, writing my books and scripts, reading, singing, acting, directing, watching movies, 50’s fashion and playing with my animals. When I am not writing I can be found reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of my ‘furbabies’.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Interview with Freelance Illustrator Eithne Ni Anluain

Hey everybody!!! I have some great news. I had the chance to interview the talented Eithne Ni Anluain who I have become very fond of. Wonderful gal! On this tour we will be making 14 stops and you will see some of her pieces on each. Enjoy!!


When did you start your career as a freelance Illustrator?

About 3 years ago. It happened by default accident. I lost my job and any hope of further work in the career I was in over a period of time and I started to do some artwork for a author forum I was involved with. It just took off from there. I should explain that I was accepted to art collage when I was 18, but went into science instead. So it could be said after 10 years and several convoluting roads and career changes I am eventually doing what I should have done when I was 18. I'm a firm believer in karma, so this is the right time to do it. I have a better understanding of business, people and clients where younger artists don't have that luxury. 

What was your very first piece? 

Night Flight
I actually hated editing models! They were so difficult (still are) so I used to do a lot of eye manipulations. Night Flight , was one of the first I did following a online tutorial. I eventually got over my fear of models though. 

What inspired you to be a freelance illustrator?

I think it was a combination of things. I love to read. I read my first fantasy book when I was 6 and I was for ever being given out to in school for making my essays "not realistic" enough.  When I started to do art I thought it was a natural progression to do book cover art. I could combine two things I loved to do! 

What did you do to get your name out into the world?

Hard work. Social media, portfolio sites, professional networking sites and a bit of luck. 

How did you feel when you got your first gig?

Well dogs couldn't hear me for the squealing and I may bounced off the fit ball (I sit on one) in delight! 

Did you go to school or were you self -taught?

I have a P.h D from the University of Google. 

Do u have a list of songs you listen to when you are working? If so what are they?

I used to listen to the radio a lot, but then I'd get aggravated with the auto tune. I have a huge obsession with the 1950s. Its gotten to the stage my father just rolls his eyes with the gear coming into the house. One day I accidentally clicked on Jazz Radio on iTunes and thats been it ever since. Usually the legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller are my staple but lets not forget The Andrews Sisters and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Any modern music along those lines will also be listened to like Paloma Faith, Adele…

What is something that you would like your fans to know about you?

I have a unhealthy obsession with 1950 swing dresses, lace and all things retro. 

What advice do you have for artists who are trying to become known?

Be professional. Do not whinge publicly (except about hair masking or painting - thats allowed!) about clients. Yes you can moan to your friends and a good moan does help but only in private. Make sure you respond to all e-mails even if you do not want the job - and this leads me to access. Be accessible. Have your own .com site, not hosted on wix & co. Be active on social media but be more so on the Networking sites like Behance and Linked In. Only ever show the top 10% of your work. Its not quantity people look for its quality. 10 good pieces is better than 20 mediocre ones. 

Is there a piece that you enjoyed making much more than others?

Probably Sadar Bua  as it started it all off. 

What process do you go through to make the final product?

Quickly its like this: find model I like (harder than most as I'm a picky mare regards quality of a image), have a final concept in my head, find stock to match, open PS, make a cup of tea and go for it. 

Do you have any hobbies?

I used to train my working line GSD in IPO/Schutzhund. He's now retired so I now help train other people and their dogs. Reading and I love TV and movies. I get a lot of inspiration from those 3. 

Is there something that you would really like to do or accomplish? 

Be on all the freelance lists for major fantasy publishers. 

Has anybody ever told you something that really touched your heart? 

Chris Dame a photographer I work for said "Your force is strong!" I was so delighted with this as I'm a huge Star Wars nerd! 

Favorite food?
Only one! Em…chocolate…cheesy taco chips…cups of tea…chocolate hob nobs…MMs…roast chicken dinner…steak…sticky toffee pudding. I go to restaurants and I pick my starter and main in accordance to the desert menu! I have a serious sweet tooth. 

Favorite color?

Depends on mood, currently its turquoise. 

Favorite place to go to?


Favorite movie? Genre of movies you like to watch

Anything but chick flicks. Think guys with swords/sniper rifles/magic/The Force, girls with swords/guns/magic/The Force and cars that change into robots. Don't really do horror ones, would rather watch National Lampoons! 

Favorite music genre?

Jazz and rockabilly

Favorite holiday?

Madrid with my twin soul sister Eva! The FOOD! 

Random Facts about yourself

Geek, nerd, 1950s obsessive, old soul, secretly love Spitfire planes, knights, IPO trainer, geologist, environmental surveyor, fantasy addict, love big dresses and guns, nickname is Crazy Legz or E. 

Thank you so much Eithne for letting me interview you. 

About Eithne Ni Anluain
Eithné is obsessed with fantasy. Some say that it is a unhealthy relationship she has. A rock is just not a rock, it’s a hiding place for faeries after all.

When not chasing said faeries she is a freelance illustrator specializing in fantasy cover art. She can illustrate stock photography but also can take model photography, design sets and props, find costumes and models.

Her symbol, the dragon was designed by Eithné when she started doing
art again years ago and it is a part of her being, spiritually and artistically.

Clients range from mainstream NYC and London fantasy publishers,
mainstream magazines and motion picture houses. 


Art Work
These are a few of my favorite - Allison

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Infinity Valkyries: Soaring Raven By Sedona Venez Cover Reveal

Releases January 17, 2013
Adult Paranormal Romance. For readers ages 18+ only.

Infinity discovers a dark secret from her past that rocks everything she knows to be true.

Infinity is a troubled 22-year-old superstar singer with the worst reputation for drugs and hard partying. Now, she is on the road to a comeback with her controversial tour. But everything about doing the concert feels wrong from missing employees, to anonymous threats to ruin her career. Things spiral further out of control as she wrestles control of her life and career from a relationship that crossed the fine line between love and obsession. She deals with a powerful corporation determined to kill her and everyone she loves.

Infinity knows too much, with no way out.

Now she must put her safety and trust in the hands of sexy, tattooed and delicious Torch Channing and Boulder Vigari, hired to keep her from getting killed. Boulder wants to make her his. He won't stop until he claims her. Torch struggles with his primal need to possess her and his hatred of everything she represents.

Infinity is determined to protect her heart while dealing with the pressure of pulling off another successful tour without spiraling into another mental meltdown.

Author Bio

Sedona Venez writes Adult Fiction (paranormal romance) and is the alter-ego for T.L. Clarke, author of preteen/teen series Gabby Girls Adventure. She's a lifelong reader with a fascination with mythology and anything paranormal. When not writing, she can be found watching bad movies, listening to music, and traveling. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Wicked Fate Book Tour

Wicked Fate by Tabatha Vargo

What if you lived in fear of yourself?

For Mage McPherson being afraid of herself is just the norm. Thanks to that fear, being a loner in a small town never bothered the mysterious Mage. Once she received her secret abilities, she figured being alone was the safest way to be. That all changes during her sophomore year at Summerville High when Adam, her equally mysterious secret crush, starts to notice her.

Afraid that she might harm Adam, Mage must learn to either control or deny herself. With Adam by her side she's more powerful than she’s ever been, but is she powerful enough to defeat her worst nightmare? She learns a hard lesson about love and magic when her destiny comes to collect.

Author Bio

Tabatha has been writing since she could pick up a pencil. Her first publication was a little poem in her elementary school paper, from that point on she was hooked. When she was a teenager, she traded in her girly magazines for personalized writing notebooks.

At nineteen, she met her own personal prince charming and writing took a back burner for a while. She is now married to that prince and the mother of a beautiful Six year old princess/rock star. Once her daughter was born, writing came back into her life, and she finished her very first novel in May of 2009.

She is pursuing a Bachelors in English and hopes to one day teach while continuing to write.

As a stay-at-home mom and full-time student, Tabatha enjoys the freedom of spending a good bit of her days doing what she loves the most…writing.


By the time I came to this book I had just finished a bunch of Young Adult books and noticed a pattern. Hot guys, out of place teenager, high school, and guy and girl fall in love in a couple of seconds(exaggeration). Well,  Wicked Fate was nothing but unique! Tabatha Vargo surprised me with little things that popped up here and there. There were definitely some parts where I was like " WOW!, that's genius" After about 60 pages I was swallowed into this adventure. Time just flew! There are some kick @ss scenes and moments where you just want to kick someones butt but hey! all great books make you feel this way. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I am seriously dying to find out what happens next. If you want to read an action, romantic, and "what the heck just happened" kind of book. This is for you!!!!