"You Can Never Have Too Many Books"

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fire & Blood by Victoria Scott

So for all of you Dante's or Victoria Scott's Fans, as you might have know she reveal the cover of her new book called Fire and Blood.

So here's the cover and description of the book
Fire & FloodA modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Victoria Scott's breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press
Now I have to say! That sounds pretty cool! I heard so much about Victoria's writing and I yet still have to read The Collector and meet this famous Dante that everyone speaks of.
I really love the cover, it really does do its justice that Victoria and the Scholastic team would hoped,
In a nutshell, they wanted three things: simplicity, masculinity, and for the cover to attract readers of all ages and genders. Well, I believe they succeeded with flying colors. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results, - See more at: http://www.victoriascottya.com/fire-flood-cover-reveal/#more-3635
 And Victoria I wish you all the best success of this book to be as successful just like when Collector was released.
What are your thoughts about this book?
Yes I would buy it
My siblings sister/brother would like it
The Cover is insanely wicked
Fire and Feathers

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Intimate Release Event

Intimate By Noelle Adams

Book Description:
They've loved each other for years, but they've never been intimate before.

Marissa has decided to live without sex, since it's brought her nothing but trauma. At twenty-three, she'd rather just be celibate, and not even her best friend, Caleb, will change her mind.

After spending his childhood touring as a concert cello prodigy, Caleb is experimenting with living a stable life. For years, he has refused to commit to anything except his friendship with Marissa, but his feelings for her have never been romantic. Until recently.

So now he has to show her that sex doesn't have to hurt.

Release date: June 17, 2013

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Age Group:  New Adult/Adult



“Go away,” she said, swatting Baron on the chest lightly. “I’m dancing with Caleb now.”

Grinning, Baron strolled off the dance floor, looking ridiculously pleased with himself.

Caleb watched him depart and made a sound in his throat, one that could almost have been a growl.

Something about the guttural sound made Marissa shiver.

“Caleb,” she began, positioning herself for their dance. “You really shouldn’t let Baron…”

“Shh.” He slid his arm around her waist and pulled her close to him. “No talking. Just dancing.”

Shrugging, Marissa decided that would be just as well. She had a lot to think about anyway.

Not that she was going to seriously consider that nonsense of Baron's. Really. Caleb couldn’t be interested in her that way. Not sexually.

Sure, he was acting rather bizarre, but it was probably prompted by the challenge Baron posed. It was just some silly, masculine, dominance thing. It wasn't actually about her. At least, not in that way.

Caleb’s gaze was mesmerizing in its intensity. It felt like his silver-gray eyes scorched every part of her body they focused on, and he seemed to be focusing everywhere—all over her body—as they went through the motions of the dance.

She shuddered again, and at her shudder he pulled her even closer, so that her breasts rubbed against his chest every time their hips swayed together.

She could actually feel her nipples. Feel them. Was suddenly scared that Caleb could feel them too.

They’d danced together before, but it had never been like this.

He’d never held her this close or stared at her this deeply.

Baron had said that Caleb looked at her like he wanted to swallow her whole.

Marissa tore her eyes away. That couldn’t be right. They were friends. Just friends. Had never been anything else. Why would Caleb all of a sudden want to change things?

It felt like she was burning up, and she knew her cheeks must be blazing red.

Her lips felt parched, so she slid her tongue out to lick them nervously. Tried to moisten them enough so they wouldn't feel so cracked. But then she caught a look on Caleb’s face—one she'd never seen there before—and quickly returned her tongue to her mouth.

Where to buy

About the Author

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Currently Reading: Too Many 2 Handle

Yes my current reads are more than I can handle, I think I bit off more than I can chew this time around. But what can I say? I love books and I love to read but reviewing is a whole different process.
So here's what I've bceen reading,
Obsidian (Lux #1) and Onyx (Lux #2) By Jennifer L Armentrout
The World i Your Litter Box: Deluxe Edition By Steve Fisher
All of these books have been reviewed expect for Onyx, I'm still working on the review

I am going to going on a trip this coming week, so I will be absent from my blog for the next week or so, but most of my posts will be pre-scheduled.

Where am I going you aksed?  BALTIMORE!!!
Yes I'm really excited and if you didn't know, Baltimore's Barnes and Noble is in a Power Plant! Yes you heard me right,. So I can't wait to see this store and do some book shoping as well other shopping.
What I need to read
Steel Lily By Megan Curd
Two Halves By Marta Szemik
Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain #1) By Kellie Sheridan
False Sight By Dan Krokos
These are all ebooks and three of out the four are from Netgallery, Steel Lily was giving to me as a ARC prize from the author.
So What is my Current Read?
It's a re-read of  OATH BOUND (Unbound Series #3) By Rachel Vincent
I've read this book when it was first release but I also was reading a lot of other books, so when I tried to review this book. I wasn't doing it justice to myself as a blogger, to the book and the author. SO that is my book to read while traveling. Here's a little info on what's Oath Bound, also this is the last book of Rachel's Vincent Unbound Trilogy
Oath Bound (Unbound, #3)The Tower Syndicate will fall...

The secret daughter of the head of an infamous Skilled crime family, Sera Brandt has hidden her past, her potential and especially her powers. But when a tragedy strikes her other family, Sera needs justice. And the only way to get it is to reveal her heritage–including a rare Skill–and take the reins of the Tower Syndicate from her cunning and malicious aunt.

If he can figure out how...

Kristopher Daniels might have the answer. He's fought the syndicate to protect his sisters, but he'd never realized just how close to the new heir he needed to get....

And if they can survive

Neither is used to trusting. But there's something between them that can't be ignored. And so Sera is on the run with a man she can't figure out, a target on her back and the new knowledge of just how powerful she really is....

Friday, June 21, 2013

Obsidian (Lux #1) Review


Obsidian (Lux, #1)Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is

Paperback, 2nd Edition, 361 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Entangled Teen (first published November 23rd 2011)

My first Alien book! Sure it's not the little green men that I hear of from the x-files but green eyes are known to be daring. Don't believe me? look at the Obsidian cover more closely then you tell me otherwise.
Moving in a small town in West Virgina was not what Katy had in mind, she imagined herself still at the beach soaking up the Florida sun. But it was time for a change her mom said, it was time to move on from the past.
Katy's goal was to introduce herself to the next door neighbor where two teens her age live in but what she got was daring green eyes staring right back her . . . His name is Dameon Black.
Daemon does just about anything to annoyed Katy but when his sister Dee get too close in making friends with Katy he want to break up this friendship before it even happens. Why?
Daemon and Dee has a secret . . . They're not from Earth or any of the surrounding planets and when Katy seems to be drawn to Dee and even Dameon (some times) that raises some concerns, how close is too close?

This is Purr Fest! I love it so much that I choose to read Onyx next, now I am focused on reading Onyx and I have no idea what's coming.
So here's an awesome note, Katy is a blogger like me! But I don't have that Daemon Black bothering my every thoughts and driving me insane. But that what makes this book so fun and entertaining, the love/hate relationship between Katy and Daemon is funny.
When Daemon's twin sister Dee instantly connects with Katy, Daemon must do what he can to break up the friendship before it happens since there is too much at stakes for his family and for other people that are like him.
But Dee isn't going to take on Daemon's pestering she like having a "normal" friend  and the bonus is that Katy lives right next door to her. After Daemon had said some hurtful things to Katy, Dee punish Daemon by taking his keys and tells him to apologize and make amends with Katy.
Soon Katy realizes that Daemon and Dee aren't from around here, after Katy been attack and daemon stepping in to save her, but this isn't where the secret is revealed in fact daemon has no choice but to tell Katy the truth after she witness the unthinkable.
The secret is out but what is a Lux? They are being of lights, they can bend light at their will and some even are able to do other things. Lux is Latin for light in case anyone was wondering. But just like any other others, Lux has enemies called Arum that search for the most powerful and drain them of their powers thus killing them.

Can I say that Katy always ends up at the wrong place wrong time? because she does and who comes to the rescue . . . Daemon. But that is not the worst of it, whenever Daemon uses his ability its leaves a trace and the only way to get rid of a trace is by some form of physical activities otherwise the Arum can find you and will kill you no matter what.

Katy done a lot to help Daemon and Dee, she even faced a Arum alone until her last breath but lucky Daemon arrived just soon enough and then Daemon, Dee and Katy were getting injured but Daemon forced himself to protect Katy and Dee. In the end Katy ends up saving Daemona and Dee somehow but it left her so weak where Daemon did the unthinkable . . . healing her.

And if you really wonder if Daemon does have feelings for Katy, the bonus chapters of Daemon's POV certainly tells all. If you don't have that edition, unless you were able to get them in ebook format I would go buy the newly edition one with the bonus features. ;-)

Book one of the Lux series was fast driven, heart-pounding and love/hate entertaining, I would recommend to anyone whose looking for an alien theme book.
Favorite Quotes
Any time Daemon calls Katy, Kitten is my fav of all times ;-)
"Oh, you know, just that the color red is Daemon's favorite." ~ Dee

"The Arum will end up killing him." Her tone didn't change one bit. It remained flat, emotionless.b "Because of you, little human. He will get himself killed protecting you." ~ Ash
"Too late to tell her how I felt, to touch, to just hold her, to make up for every terrible thing I' done and said. It was too late for me." ~ Daemon


Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Blood Code Review

The Blood Code (Super Agent #4) By Misty Evans

The Blood Code (Super Agent, #4)Book Description
Fifteen years age, Anya Radzoya fled Russia with her grandmother after the suspicious deaths of her parents, but she can’t escape the royal genes that make her one of Russia’s last living princesses. When President Ivanov blackmails her into returning to Moscow to be his future wife in exchange for her grandmother’s life, Anya discovers he’s planning to unleash a nuclear war. With no one else to turn to, she join forces with CIA operative Ryan Smith.Undercover at the nuclear summit, Ryan is happy to recruit Anya to find proof Ivanov is resurrecting the Cold War, but he suspects his new asset is a double agent. Anya is determined to rescue her grandmother with or without his help, however, and Ryan finds himself falling for the beautiful princess before he even trusts her. He refuses to let her go it alone, even if it means risking his own critical mission.Trapped inside the Kremlin with a cunning and ruthless opponent, the two must risk their lives and their hearts to save Anya’s grandmother, as well as millions of innocent people.

ebook, 250 pages
Expected publication: June 17th 2013 by Entangled: Edge
This book was given to me as an advanced review copy, from Jaime Arnold (Senior Publicist of Entangled Publishing, LCC)
This is my first suspense book with military influence, so bare with me on reviewing this book it also was influence with history of the Grand Duchess Anastasia. 
Having to filled in for his boss due to sickness was not what Ryan Smith had intended on doing, but when his computer tech guy say that someone was heading to their secure location . . . it was time to brace for intruders. Waiting for the intruder traveling by car, it's turns out to be a woman who carries a very important ICBM key and information about the President of Russia.
Anya Radzoya, a geneticist with a painful past, a royal bloodline connection, has to risk everything to find her grandmother after she'd disappeared and Anya knows who did it. However making deals with the president of Russia was out of the question, his quest for super Russians, power, and control of the most powerful weapons of Russian, with Anya by his side. Anya has to play princess/spy while she search for her grandmother's location but she also has to deal with Ryan Smith the spy that she must learn to trust. 
Ryan and Anya must work together to find the evidence although Anya already seen some of President Ivanov's plans up close, she need more . . . they need more to call for actions. The Key to unlocking Russia's greatest weapons lies within Anya but just how far will Ryan and Anya's grandmother go to protect Anya? When it is her DNA that is the key element to unlocking the Missiles and the enemy already has the code?

I give this 3 Cat's Tails Up, I like the visualization of Russia that was explained and some of the science/medical aspect but having the Grand Duchess concept made the story a little bleh and confusing to me.

So I was quite draw to how authentic and visually explain of where the book is taken place. However for many moments I had the Anastasia flashbacks, the female name is Anya and the movie used Anya as her short name since she couldn't remember who she was. The next piece was the tragedy of the Romanov family (despite how Hollywood and other media, scientist and researchers had found remains of Anastasia outside of the castle therefore she never lived a full life as a regular human being or grand duchess)
Anya in the book, saw her parent get killed by the man in black when she was a kid. But Anya in the book had different qualities than the real Anastasia, 1) she had a very rare type of blood disorder that was passed on from both of her parents 2) Anya play better as a spy than a grand duchess 3) Anya is a genetic scientist (she takes after her mother) and 4) turns out that Anya's father use her DNA sequence as a code for the most destructive weapon Russia has. 
Now there was a small hint of romance between Ryan and Anya but there wasn't much, and I kind of wish that there was more. They make a good couple but still I wished for more.
Anya's grandmother was a double spy, but along the way she has made sure that the key to unlocking the missiles were kept secret. She met allies and made enemies in her days as a spy but she also had a lover's quarrel  that no one really knew about but in the end Anya's grandmother kept her silence but that did end up costing her life. Among Anya's family, her grandmother was the only living relative alive but she discover that her grandfather still lived to this day and want make a new start with her.

The story was slightly misleading with mixing the Grand Duchess Anastasia and the character Anya, I think the location of where the book was taken place was good and the mission was good but I would have been fine using some history of Anastasia rather than making her THE Anastasia. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The World Is Your Litter Box: Deluxe Edition Review

The World Is Your Litter Box: Deluxe Edition: A How-To Manual for Cats

Mom took me on my regular walk but I didn't think she had taken a photo of my butt but she claims she didn't know that the camera took a photo.
Here's me playing with my hoops toy and I'd prefer it on the sleepingbag blanket. Watch me I can slide!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Into the Fire Review

Into The Fire By Amanda Usen
Into the Fire (A Hot Nights Series Book)Book Description
Jackson Calabrese has a lot of nerve. He beat Lila Grant in the Culinary Academy competition using her recipes. Now, he’s opening a restaurant and wants her help? Fine, she'll fix his menu, but it's going to cost him.

Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson can buy anything he wants, except creativity, so he buys Lila's instead. He can craft perfect paella, but to take New York by storm he needs her innovative spark.

Skillets aren't the only things hot in the kitchen, and an uneasy truce ignites into passion. They’re great in bed, but Jackson doesn't trust her, and Lila is contemplating revenge. The restaurant opening approaches, the menu is completed, and the tables are set for one final act of betrayal. How can love bloom in the midst of such a hot mess?

ebook, 201 pages
Lila Grant been waiting forever to finally shine through her culinary graduates but she faces her competition Jack Calabrese the man who has it all and has the family name that does him justice. It true what they say, Chefs never share their secret recipes. Just before the big cook off, Lila and Jack dive into their indulgence and desires but once the cook off started, it was anyone's kitchen. Months later after Lila took off to do her own thing after being upstaged by Jack Calabrese, she hoped she never see that Jack again until now . . . The growing love and hate romance get hotter and it might be too hot for both chefs to handle. A determine Jack wants to rekindle with Lila whenther she denies it or not but Jack also asked of her help with his new restaurant opening and believes his menus aren't good enough. Can these two work together or will it be Chopped?
I give this a 5 Cat's Tails, I love the mixture of food and romance, heck even the whole back and forth arguing about anything and everything that deals with them and food.
This book was pretty hot in the kitchen, both Lila and Jack can't deny the chemistry they have together. However Lila still holds a grudge against Jack, will she take this opportunity to sabotage Jack. I love that they both shared the same passion for food, and even the same passion in bed. Lila's intentions were to create chaos for Jack's restaurant but after spending a little more time with him, her perspective changed. Jack has that family dynamics, he has to do everything perfect otherwise his father looks the other way. Jack spent most of his cooking career trying to shine on that is why it was so important that he won the cooking competition but I wonders if he knew of Lila's position and why she was so edger to win.
I like the pace of the book but there were some part where I felt it wasn't needed to fill in the gap, but it was still focused on Lila and Jack. Overall it was an enjoyable read, I like the whole chefs concept because I haven't read anything like this before so it was a new read for me.
About the Author
Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers on the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They married after graduation in a lovely French Quarter restaurant in New Orleans. After enjoying the food and the fun in the Big Easy for a few years, they returned to Western New York to raise a family.
Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes at a local community college and her nights writing romance. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America ® and the Western New York Romance Writers. When she’s not writing, teaching or baking, she can usually be found chasing the kids around the yard with her very own scrumptious husband.

Where to find Amanda

Monday, June 17, 2013

Frigid Pre-Order Promo & Chapter Reveal + More!

Today is an exciting day - we have FOUR HUGE SURPRISES for you! Jennifer L. Armentrout's (writing as J. Lynn) FRIGID is set to release on e-book at the end of July. If you're anything like us, you're probably on pins and needles and just cannot wait to get your hands on a copy of this book.


FRIGID has already been given the honor of being named a Romantic Times Top Pick and we're super excited for you to be able to read it as well!

Well, there's good news! Are you ready for those four awesome surprises? Here we go!

1. Due to all the excitement surrounding FRIGID, we have decided to run a special e-book pre-order promotion. We have worked out a deal with the distributor to release FRIGID a full two weeks early -- on JULY 15th!!! -- if we meet our e-book pre-order goal. EEEEP! That's right, if you are like the rest of us and want to be able to read FRIGID in its entirety before its original release date, all you have to do is PRE-ORDER THE E-BOOK NOW! What are you waiting for? GO! Pre-order it!

Pre-Order Links: Barnes & Noble / Amazon

2. Need something to hold you over until FRIGID releases? Well, starting right now, you can read the first three chapters of FRIGID for free! Just read below!

3. Can’t get enough of the hot FRIGID cover? Want to see some behind the scenes photos that are sure to make you swoon? You’re in luck! Below you can watch a slideshow of all the behind the scenes photos from the photo shoot! Go on and watch it. We’ll wait, because there is still one more great surprise!
4. And last but not least, if you live near Philadelphia, PA, you're in for a very special treat -- Jennifer will be in Philly in November signing not only FRIGID but also the last book in her immensely popular COVENANT series, SENTINEL! But that's not all, Adam, the super hot
cover model from FRIGID will be there as well! So, yes, you'll get to meet Jennifer and Adam! Plus, there will be other great prizes that you seriously won't want to miss out on (dinner with the author and model, perhaps?)! Stay tuned for more details to come!
We hope you're as excited as we are! So now....Go pre-order FRIGID! Go read those chapters! Go watch that slideshow! And Enjoy!

Into the Fire Blog Tour + Guest Post

Who doesn't like a little romance with a lot of yummy foods to drool over? If your're one of those people then you came to the right book.  Amanda delivers a mixture of both food and romance and today I have her here on my blog SassyCat for some of her favorite scenes/passages.
So take it away Amanda!

Howdy, y’all! Hi, Kat! You want to know which scenes are my favorite, huh? The first one that comes to mind happens after Jack has proposed a one-night truce during their ongoing feud. He shows up to pick Lila up for their date, pulls his white t-shirt off over his head and waves it around like a white flag. Then he drops it on the floor. These two have tons of sexy tension, and I had so much fun writing a scene in which Lila could say:

“Are you kidding? Sex first, then dinner—and I don’t have to wear
uncomfortable shoes? Sold.”

Another favorite part happens right after that – Jack takes her to three of his favorite restaurants in NYC. I would love to go on a date like that! Wouldn’t it be great to get all dressed up, make mad, passionate love…then put on comfy clothes and stuff yourself silly at dinner? Yes! Pick me! Jack even says, “If you aren’t in a complete food coma after dessert tonight then you didn’t try hard enough.” Of course, I’m a pastry chef married to a chef, so that may have something to do with my food and sex fantasies – ha!

I also love the beginning of Chapter Three, which was the original Chapter One. (My editor thought it would be a good idea to go back and write Jack and Lila’s one-night-stand, so I added a couple chapters to the beginning. I mean, who would argue with great advice like that?) Lila is a catering chef, but she is pinch hitting for a server. It just so happens the catering company uses sex as a sales hook, so Lila’s uniform is a very revealing French maid getup. You can guess what’s going to happen, right? She hasn’t seen Jack since the morning after their one-night-stand when he did something so dastardly, she hopped the first train out of town. Jack’s at the party! Of course he’s at the party! And her boobs are on display, and she has to serve him hors d’oeuvres! While they sling zingers at each other! Jack gets the last word until he follows her into the kitchen. Trust me, Lila gets the last word there.

It’s not all sexy-sex and sexy-food, though. It’s a love story. Jack and Lila have good reasons to fight, but they are also falling in love with each other. I adore these thoughts from Lila:

Her feelings about Jack reminded her of the time she had waded into the ocean to the edge of the sand and stood firm. Every wave that hit her shins had washed a little sand from beneath her feet until she lost her balance. She felt as if every minute spent with Jack washed away a little more of her resolve. She needed to make a decision. Step forward or race back to firm ground?

And yes, I was standing in a lake, feeling sand wash out from beneath my toes, when I came up with that. Since I’m usually a little less lyrical and a little more direct, they almost got cut, but I fought for them.

Honestly, my favorite line in the book is near the black moment. Jack says something that makes my heart drop into hell every time I think about it. In case you decide INTO THE FIRE is up your alley, I won’t spoil that moment for you. Love is a risk, and it isn’t always easy, especially if, like Jack, you have ISSUES. So I will leave you with a line from Lila instead:

“A deal with the devil demanded a price, and it was always nearly impossible to pay.”

NEARLY impossible. Thank goodness Jack isn’t really the devil – he just plays him for the first part of INTO THE FIRE. Good thing Lila is such a clever, resourceful woman! It’s fun to watch her handle him. ;-)

Thank you for stopping by SassyCat today! I really enjoyed revisiting my favorite moments. Kat, thanks for having me and giving me a chance to talk about my characters. I love them so much, and I hope readers do, too!

Tour-Wide Giveaway

Amanda Usen is offering winners a chance to at some wonderful prizes during the Into the Fire Blog Tour.

Grand prize: $25 gift card (Amazon, B&N, or The Book Despository) and gets to name Betsy’s hero in Book 3 of the Hot Nights series & give him 1 author-approved trait".

Runner Up: $15 gift card (Amazon, B&N, or The Book Despository) and the chance to pick a dish to go into book three of the Hot Night series (Amanda will also share the recipe on her website).

Consolation Prizes: 5 random winners will get Amanda’s favorite kitchen tool: a mini offset spatula

 Simply fill out the rafflecopter form provided below for your chance to be entered. J

a Rafflecopter giveaway About Amanda Usen

Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. She married him after graduation in a lovely French

Quarter restaurant in New Orleans, and they spent a few years enjoying the food and the fun in the Big Easy. Now they live in Western New York with their three children, one hamster, two guinea pigs, a tortoise, and a new-to-them beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found chasing the kids around the yard with her very own hot chef husband.

Want chimichurri, chocolate cake or Chicken Alighieri? Visit Amanda at http://www.amandausen.com, where you can find recipes for many of the yummy dishes in her books. She can also be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amandausen) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/AmandaUsen) if you want to chat about romance, writing, or recipes.

Where to find Amanda

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4732223.Amanda_Usen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amandausen
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Blogger Times: Not Hiding Out I Swear!

Heya my fellow readers and bloggers, I know I've been slightly absent from blogging and such . . . There are a few reasons to why I'm absent so I'll start with the biggest one

#1: My Laptop got infected, yes unfortunately that happens and it's been infected before in the past so I had to do a lot of my online stuff on the home desktop. Now surely you would think that shouldn't keep me from doing what I do on my laptop but reality is . . . it does!
Most places I go online since as blogger or email, heck even Twitter I have a automatic sign in just by typing the first letter of my user name then the rest is taken care of.

Another thing is everything that I do on my laptop, I try to keep it conceal from people around me I don't like snoopers or looking over my shoulder types so I did minimum stuff on the desktop or I tried to be discreet about it.
So that was my biggest issue was not having my laptop and I know how authors feels when something goes wrong.

#2: I had relatives over so I couldn't do much because I had to mesh with them.

#3: Have any of you serve Jury duty? Well I haven't so far but it is a two week term and I have no idea how long trials take in a day. So I have to do a constant check on my County Website to see if my number was picked. Honesty I don't find the point in doing this, I mean come on I'm 22 and I'm sure there are enough people older than me that can do Jury duty as well. But that's just my luck

#4: I am getting ready to travel to Baltimore, MD for a convention, so I've been researching on places to see while I'm there! Anyone in the Baltimore area? Please make a suggestion . . . but no guarantee that I'll be able to check it out.

I'm also taking my camera (The canon T3i Rebel, not the old camera that is also canon but it is a point and shoot style) Well my mom figure we need to find a case for the Rebel to travel with through security without it being too bulky so there was that task . . . finding a case.

Also I still have to PACK!!!! Trust me packing a 5 days worth of clothes and items is tough. Mom and I have a lot to do before we take off and we are going to have a very tight schedule.

#5: Have I been reading? Yes and No, I've done some reading in a short time slot but then I'm working on the reviews for those books. I think I have become more picky on how I write the review and making sure that it is helpful to my readers. But also helping out the authors getting some time in the spotlight. So here's some books I've read/working on review
  • 1) The Blood Code by Misty Evans (The review is schedule to be posted on the day of its released)
  • 2)Into the Fire Review and Guest Post (The review is finished I'll probably post it on the same day as my guest post with Amanda next week June 17th)
  • 3) I've just finished reading Obisidian by Jennifer L Armentrout and that review still has to be written but again I'd just finished it.
  • 4) Werewolves Be Damned was already post this week so I've check that off my list (Not that I use a check list)
  • 5) I gotten a request to review a book (this is my first author request to review their book so I'm excitied to read it) Its a reissued book called "The World Is Your Litter Box: Deluxe Edition: A How-To Manual for Cats" by

So I'm not trying to be in a cave or hiding out but since things requried a face to face than going online, I must go pay attention to that then come back to the internet. So be sure to check out my guest post with Amanda Usen and review of Into the Fire on June 17th

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Werewolves Be Damned

Werewolves Be Damned (Magic and Mayhem #1) 
By Stacey Kennedy 

Werewolves Be Damned (Magic & Mayhem, #1)Book Description
Nexi Jones—part witch, part guardian, and wannabe kick-ass warrior—can’t throw a punch or conjure the simplest magic. But that doesn’t stop her from hunting the werewolves who slaughtered her human family. She’ll have her revenge, but only if Kyden, the elite guardian, would get the hell out of her way.

Kyden can’t decide if Nexi wants to get herself killed or if she just has no clue what she’s doing. But her father made it clear: keep Nexi safe…or else. Of course, the more Nexi runs toward revenge, the more she needs Kyden’s aid, and as she grows into her power and confidence, so does his desire to protect her. The only problem? She’d rather he dropped dead.

But when a vampire paints a bull’s-eye on Nexi’s back, she’s hard-pressed to deny Kyden and the help he’s offering. Even if it means getting her revenge will be a little bit harder. At least it will still be as sweet.

This story was previously published elsewhere under the title The Willow in 2010, and has been revised and expanded for Entangled Publishing.

Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published April 15th 2013 by Entangled Publishing

I was given this as a thanks for participating for the Cover Reveal of Werewolves Be Damned, and I wished I could've read this sooner but with personal life issues I couldn't. So I'd like to thank Entangled Publishing for giving us blogger an ARC uncorrected PDF of WBD.

Stacey Kennedy delivers a twist of magic and magical beings all in one. 

Nexi Jones got the horrify moment of her life and if watching fully grown man turn into a werewolves wasn't scary enough. Now guardians of the Otherworld must step in to save her and protect her, but they couldn't save her family. Nexi is one of a kind person, being both part guardian and part witch the council are intrigue to see if she can truly be one of them for her purposes and theirs. Training with the super hot elite guardian Kyden, Nexi wonders if there was more beneath that caveman and guardian qualities. Kyden is that silent type when it comes to his personal life but he sense an overwhelming connection with Nexi, he wonders if she is his mate? Together these two are a spit ball of fire but also has great respect for another, and the idea of romance quickly grew. Nexi learns the skills of how to be a guardian, understand the world of Otherworld and deal with supernatural problems, but one question remains . . . would she ever be able to get in touch with her witches power? And will she find the person that destroyed her family.

This deserves a 5 cat's Tails up! It was so unique and it set apart from other books I've read with similar of magical beings and magic.

I have to say, this was a pretty good book! I like how Stacey combine all magical beings such as werewolves, vampires and witches altogether! All my favorite things! Stacey also created the witches in a very unique way rather than write what witches have what power, that would have been hard to keep track altogether so what she did was use elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth as her component for the witches of otherworlds. The vampires have their own way of being unique, even having some vanished or opening a portal although most cannot.

The main Villain vampire has the ability to do what ever magic there is because he feeds off the blood of witches to obtain their powers (that one way to do it). All the while Nexi learning her guardian side, she also is learning her witches side.

Nexi must face the vampire that killed her mother and face the werewolves that killed her human family, what I thought was interesting was how Lazarus showed Nexi her mother's death to save hers. Even more so when Drake her father step in front of a werewolf that was about to attack Nexi also was killed. After all Nexi went through, she gain and lost but never wanted more than what she deserve.
The Characters:
Haven: She is a witch, but her primary element is Earth and what is cool about her abilities is that she can recreate scenes that has already happen. This is a helpful tool among the guardians when dealing with mysterious death of supernaturals and humans involve.
Lia: She the Mistress of witches, she is also on the council and she also has a deep connection with Nexi's biological mother. So Lia is even more curious how Nexi was always drawn to her mother's willow tree all the while Nexi never knew about her real parents. But Lia and Nexi's mother Tillie were soul sisters, Lia believes that the connection she has with Nexi's mother also pass on to Nexi as a baby so there that inner connection.
Drake: He is Nexi's biological father, he asked the council to block Nexi's powers so she could live and die as a human without any connection to the otherworld. This was asking a lot from him, after the lost of Nexi's mother/ his lover, he made a choice.
Kyden: He's the big time elite guardian who has to train, the ball of fire Nexi. Although he knows he can handle her but can he handle his heart? His desires for Nexi continue to grow while he trains her, he no longer can wait to initiate the romance between him and Nexi.
The Councils: Lia(Mistress of Witches), Talon(Master of Guardian), Zade(Master of Vampires), Holten(Master of Werewolves)
Lazarus: The vampire that nearly killed Kyden, killed Tillie and wants Nexi's power to become the most powerful vampire around. But he's was the bad guy and bad guys always loses the battle.

I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read more of Nexi and Kyden what will be the new greater villain? Highly recommend

Monday, June 10, 2013

Book Releases

Here are some of my Book Releases Picks, this should hold off my readers until I can post some reviews, since some are asking to not post until its release date

Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Dance of the Red DeathBethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.

In Dance of the Red Death,
Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.

With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget


Hardcover, 336 pages 

Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by Greenwillow Books 


Rush (The Game #1) by

Rush (The Game, #1)So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know? 

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn



Hardcover, 352 pages

Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books 
Nook Books
Into the Fire (A Hot Nights Series Book) by

Into the Fire (A Hot Nights Series Book)Jackson Calabrese has a lot of nerve. He beat Lila Grant in the Culinary Academy competition using her recipes. Now, he’s opening a restaurant and wants her help? Fine, she'll fix his menu, but it's going to cost him.

Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson can buy anything he wants, except creativity, so he buys Lila's instead. He can craft perfect paella, but to take New York by storm he needs her innovative spark.

Skillets aren't the only things hot in the kitchen, and an uneasy truce ignites into passion. They’re great in bed, but Jackson doesn't trust her, and Lila is contemplating revenge. The restaurant opening approaches, the menu is completed, and the tables are set for one final act of betrayal. How can love bloom in the midst of such a hot mess?

ebook, 201 pages
Expected publication: June 10th 2013 by Entangled: Indulgence

*** I have already read this book and my review is awaiting to be posted. I'm also participating in the blog tour, and I'll have a guest post with Amanda Usen on her Top Five Favorite Passages/Scenes on the 17th of June. 

Graphic Novels

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume Two by George R. R. Martin, Daniel Abraham (Adapted by), Tommy Patterson (Illustrator)

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume TwoNovelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson are not merely turning George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy A Game of Thrones into a graphic novel: They are meticulously translating one art form into another, and capturing the intricate nuances of Martin’s novels just as HBO is doing with the blockbuster series. The Abraham/Patterson collaboration is more than just a faithful adaptation. It is a labor of love—and a thrilling masterwork in its own right.
Now, in the second volume, the sweeping action moves from the icy north, where the bastard Jon Snow seeks to carve out a place for himself among bitter outcasts and hardened criminals sworn to service upon the Wall . . . to the decadent south and the capital city of King’s Landing, where Jon’s father, Lord Eddard Stark, serves as the Hand of King Robert Baratheon amid a nest of courtly vipers . . . to the barbarian lands across the Narrow Sea, where the young princess Daenerys Targaryen has found the unexpected in her forced marriage to the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo: love—and with it, for the first time in her life, power.
Meanwhile, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister, accused by Lady Catelyn Stark of the attempted murder of her now-crippled youngest son, must call upon all his cunning and wit to survive when he is captured and imprisoned in the lofty dungeons of the Eyrie, where Lady Stark’s sister—a woman obsessed with vengeance against all Lannisters—rules. But Catelyn’s impulsive arrest of the Imp will set in motion a series of violent events whose outcome is fated to shake the world at the worst possible moment. For now is not the time for private feuds and bloodthirsty ambitions.
Winter is coming . . . and with it, terrors beyond imagining.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2013) 
Well there you have it, I really am intrigue with the selection I'd picked.
 Do you have any books awaiting for release?
This month or next month?