Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Author Spotlight: Tiffany King

Tiffany King is the author of The Saving Angels Series. Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats).

Tiffany is a proud member of The Paranormal Plumes Society, a collective group of authors with the common goal of encouraging others to read. "Books provide the ultimate getaway for me. A good story is a vehicle that takes you to another place, another time, or another world. I love reading the words and letting my imagination do the rest. I appreciate and respect every author who has the courage to put your work out there for the world to see."
This biography was provided by the author or their representative.

Seventeen year old Katelyn Richards is a stronger person than anyone will ever know, and that is just the way she wants it. Behind her normal facade lies the reality of a broken home life. Thanks to her abusive mother, a string of deadbeat stepfathers, and an unsympathetic system, Katelyn has learned that the only one she can count on is herself. Her life’s mission has become to shield her nine year old brother, Kevin, and to give him the future that they both wish for. A life with no more abuse, no worries about where their next meal will come from, and no more wondering if they will have a roof over their heads. When her mother moves them again, this time to a small town in Montana, Katelyn’s resolve is shaken when she meets Max, a cute boy from her new school, who gets a glimpse into her real world. Max slowly manages to break through Katelyn’s wall of distrust, stirring up feelings she never saw coming. Now with her world more complicated than she ever intended, Katelyn struggles with the decision to follow her heart into the arms of the first boy she has ever loved. A decision that could risk the promise she made to protect Kevin, and to give them the ‘someday soon’ that is so close within their grasp.

Meant to Be is book 1 of The Saving Angels series Other works by Tiffany King Forgotten Souls (The Saving Angels book 2) The Ascended (The Saving Angels book 3) Wishing For Someday Soon Forever Changed Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams. Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force. Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets. As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets from their past about their shared connection threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.

Kassandra Cole has it all—a stable home with great parents, popularity and all the friends she could ever need. She is used to a lifestyle where everything comes easy to her, from good grades to being captain of the cheerleading squad. Her entire world is shaken to the core when a fatal accident takes her father, causing Kassandra to re-examine the course her life was on. The actions of one individual forever changes her life, leaving her to pick up the pieces of her broken family. Kassandra begins to question everything she once cherished and the people she disappointed along the way. Maddon Johnson’s life is as different from Kassandra’s as night and day. Abandoned by his mother at a young age, he is left to deal with his abusive, alcoholic father on his own. He has one goal, lay low and get the heck out of dodge as soon as he is legally old enough. Everything changes when his father’s tragic actions send Maddon crashing into Kassandra’s world. Suddenly, getting away is the last thing he wants as he discovers it is possible to believe in love after all.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bellvara by Jessica Slater

     Where oh where do I even begin with this wonderful        read? Bellvara tells the story of a half-witch, living in exile in an alternate dimension due to her mothers past indiscretions  with a betrothed man. Her day to day existence is abruptly thrown out of rotation with the sudden entering of a yummy Riley - a light elf, and the kidnapping of her mother. Together with her miss-fit group of friends including elves, witches and vampires, Sienna sets off through a dangerous forest on a rescue mission. Sounds pretty simple right? WRONG! As I said, we're talking a whole new world here. The author Jessica Slater really threw her imagination into hyper-drive creating unique creatures, magics, obstacles, twists, turns and an entire history for the many species that the magical land of Bellvara holds. This is a quick read, making it a great story to pick up over the weekend. If you're even slightly enclined to paranormal or mythical, and if you enjoy a YA romance, this is the story for you! Being the first officially released novel by the author, I personally found myself wishing for the story to be fleshed out a bit. This kind of tale usually requires so much detailing and a huge history lesson. Think Avatar... that's similar to what I mean by a whole new world. Nothing is as it is here on Earth. Jessica told her tale in kind of a nut-shell version. By this I mean that she bypassed much of the 'fleshing out' that I had expected. However, she does so in a way that just kind of leaves you to accept everything for what it is. I'm typically one to dissect a book. I didn't feel the need to do that with this read though. All the nitty-gritty was laid out for me, the reader in very cut and dry, black and white and I was completely able to just accept it and turn the pages, looking for what would come next. 

The only real problems that I had were minor. Sometimes the character dialogue was lacking in contractions, making it seem a bit robotic but I also felt like this isn't Earth, so maybe that was done intentionally? Jessica made up for all that with a few moments of flash humor though, when the characters would drop the s-bomb and they reminded me of something I would say in conversation with my own friends. The only other real issue I had was with the romance. A new relationship developed. While it had all the makings for YA awesome, it did come on awful fast. Again, this could be overlooked when considering the character age. At 16, it's not uncommon for girl to meet boy, and to then suddenly be head over heels in love. 

Aside from those few minor hiccups, I really enjoyed the read. I think Ms. Slater will likely learn from her first adventure in writing and grow into one serious piece of awesome, so I'd be on the look-out for her in the future. Everybody's gotta start somewhere right? All in all, I'd recommend Bellvara as a quick, action packed read. But be on the look out! As soon as you think you've got it all figured it out, it switched up on you with a plot-twist. So never drop your guard! 

The author, Jessica Slater has several more WIP, so be sure to look up her PAGE and check out what else she has in store for us. 

Oh, and don't forget to leave her a review on Amazon and GOODREADS

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer 2012 TBR List

Look for my thoughts on these novels, that I have placed on my list to read/review this summer!

Sienna is a 16 yr. old girl. She is the only half witch half human in the magical world of Bellvara. Everything was going fine, she had her best friends Ella and Eric and she had even found Riley, a handsome light elf. But all did not stay well, when Sienna became aware that her mother was kidnapped she had to get her back, no matter what it took. With Tamelia, a friendly, well-educated girl from school joining them on their quest, they headed deep into the forests to uncover all the secrets from Sienna’s past and the further she goes the more her dreams begin to finally make sense. A love story, an adventure and a twisted tale… Bellvara takes it to the next level!

Blissany Cherry is tired of sleeping around. Her neurologists’ sleep solutions have failed her. Now that her bizarre sleeping habits have begun to include week long dreams she has resorted to her own methods for a cure. 

METHOD ONE: CONTROL DREAMS. All attempts to morph dreams about a gorgeous warrior into romantic fantasies are thwarted. He keeps on insisting she is destined to marry a great king and lead their armies into war. At the end of every dream he asks her: will you fight the war and save mankind? 

She laughs in his face. 

METHOD TWO: RESIST! Blissany has plans for her life. None include fighting an intergalactic war. When her dreams begin spilling over into reality, she is forced to make a decision that will forever redefine her life. Standing between destiny and desire, she is left with only one option. 


Nadija Fey is weeks away from graduating college and is eager to escape small city-life. She feels suffocated by her eccentric Slovak family, an abusive ex-boyfriend and a drug addicted childhood friend. To her, life seems empty, lonely and stale. The only consolation she has, is a dream to move to Prague and start a new life. Despite her grandmother’s warnings, and the pleas of friends and family to stay, she embarks on her journey to find herself. But to her dismay, Prague seems to harbor more pain and suffering than she anticipated. She is forced to accept a life she would have never chosen for herself—a life her grandmother fought desperately to shield her from. Nadija quickly finds herself caught in a celestial world struggling to maintain its delicate balance—a balance contingent on her acceptance of her destiny. And though she finds the love she has always desired, it comes with and awful price—her life. In the first of her epic thirteen book series, author Rebekah Armusik captivates the reader with rich language and colorful characters. In Memoirs of a Gothic Soul, Armusik successfully redefines the Gothic novel and resurrects the sensuality, mysticism, and allure of the classic vampire with an unexpected twist.

A government investigator stumbles onto secret information he was never meant to see. What follows is a race against time for our hero to discover the full impact of what is being planned by those who would do evil to others. 

His journey takes him across Australia from Sydney via Adelaide to the deep outback before returning to Sydney for the heart stopping climax and confrontation. His efforts are thwarted by his enemies who kill all potential witnesses and frame him as a terrorist who's name gets pushed to the top of the most wanted list. If he fails to stop them in time, millions of people are going to die a slow and painful death. 

Will he make it?

Told through the lens of the sea, each of the book's five sections chronicle the main character's journey away from tumultuous love affairs by weaving stories of her past with stories from literature, music, and visual art of both modern and classical significance. 

After nearly being murdered by a boyfriend, the main character promises herself that she will never let a man abuse her again. She figures that making this change, from dating abusive men to normal ones, should be as easy as flicking off a light switch, but soon finds that even after she's made the conscious decision to no longer involve herself in unhealthy relationships, the rest of her has yet to catch up with that thought. Still caught up in the dramaturgy of her relationships' past, she sets off on an emotional voyage to discover how she ended up on the shores of coastal New England.

**And this is just the beginning! I've got my work cut out for me, and oh what glorious work it is! Keep checking back as I knock these wonderful pieces off my To Be Read list, for Summer 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Coming Soon: Tiffany King Author Spotlight

Be sure to check back at the end of June for my author spotlight featuring the glorious Tiffany King, author of smash hits like The Meant To Be Series, Wishing For Someday Soon, and Forever Changed! You won't want to miss this one! 

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Pick up all her uber-awesome reads now, and get a head-start! 

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Book Snobs's read book montage

Shades of Blood
United Eden
The Vision
To Kill an Angel
Destined for a Vampire
Reason to Breathe
The Vincent Boys
Forever Mine
Good For You
Between the Lines

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Hot Pieces of Paranormal

No rhyme or reason, not book association, just some of my favorite pics of some serious hotties in the paranormal world. *Drool*