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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blog Tour- MORTAL DANGER by Ann Aguirre and a Giveaway


I adore Ann Aguirre so when I was asked to take part in the blog tour for her new YA book MORTAL DANGER I said hell yes! It's been a while since I've had Ann here so I wanted to ask her about MORTAL DANGER and see what else she's been up to. And if you love Ann as much as I do stick around to win a copy of the book!

Haven't heard of MORTAL DANGER? Check it out!



MORTAL DANGER (Immortal Game #1)
Ann Aguirre
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) 
ISBN: 978-1250024640

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...


Now on to the interview!

Hi Ann! First I want to say welcome to back to Two Chicks on Books! It’s been a while since we had a visit from you and I’m excited about MORTAL DANGER!! Thanks for stopping by to answer my questions!

Thanks for inviting me!

Where did the idea for MORTAL DANGER come from?

I pitched Mortal Danger as Doctor Faustus meets Mean Girls, set in a dark world of secret societies, twisted bargains, and forbidden love. The heroine is named Edie, and the hero is called Kian. The story's insanely complex in what my agent calls the “down the rabbit hole” way; that's where everything starts relatively normal, but the deeper in you get, the wilder and more unusual the world becomes.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

No, I really don’t do that. Occasionally I’ll bits of dialogue I’ve heard in real life or a scenario that inspired me but I don’t lift real people and put them in books.

How long did it take you to write MORTAL DANGER?

I honestly can’t remember. I wrote it last summer.

What is for favorite passage/scene in MORTAL DANGER?

The scene where Kian confesses his feelings in the car. *swoon* (Not sure if you want the actual excerpt)

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I questioned my friend and colleague Cara McKenna quite a lot about Boston to make sure I didn’t get anything horribly wrong. I also read a ton of mythology, stories, and urban legends, then cherry picked the creepiest ones to include in the book. There’s plenty more to come, though.

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Oh, I have a huge list. Whenever I get on a train or a plane, I love relaxing with a book. Right now I’m reading AllLined Up by Cora Carmack. Other titles include:

And that’s not remotely all; I have a huge TBR.

Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend?

Man, this is a hard one. But I’m going with Micah from The Art of Lainey by PaulaStokes. He’s smart. He’s a little bad. He’s got a Mohawk. He wants to be a pastry chef. Nuff said.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on book 2 in the Immortal Game trilogy, tentatively titled Public Enemies.

Lightning Round Questions

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter

Favorite Superhero?

Iron Man.

Favorite TV show?

Orphan Black.

Sweet or Salty?

Can it be both? Sweet & Salty popcorn is perfect.

Any Phobias?

Clowns. Crunchy bugs. Heights. Closed spaces. Crowds. Mannequins. It’s actually faster to ask me what I’m not afraid of. Heh.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?


Summer or Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to?


Guardians of the Galaxy.


Thanks for stopping by Ann it was great to have you back on the blog!!!!



About Ann:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.





Giveaway Details:

1 finished copy of MORTAL DANGER. US/Canada Only.


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Mortal Danger Blog Tour Schedule
Sunday, July 27                 The Midnight Garden
Monday, July 28               Bevy Bibliotheque
Tuesday, July 29               Chapter by Chapter
Wednesday, July 30        Birth of a New Witch
Thursday, July 31              Two Chicks on Books
Friday, August 1                Rainy Day Ramblings
Saturday, August 2          Wondrous Reads
Sunday, August 3             Alice Marvels
Monday, August 4           Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Tuesday, August 5           Mac Teen Books



Check out theMortal Danger Tour Schedule

Tuesday August 5 Malaprop’s Books, Asheville, NC
Wednesday, August 6 Cover to Cover, Columbus, OH
Thursday, August 7 The Book Bin, Salem, OR
Friday, August 8 Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Saturday, August 9 Barnes & Noble Firewheel, Garland, TX

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dying to Read (64)- A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd


Hey y’all thanks for stopping by to see my Dying to Read post and of course as always I have to give credit to the lovely Jill over at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday Meme!

I love Megan Shepher's Madman's Daughter series and although it's going to suck reading the finale for this series I am seriously dying to get my hands on it!And look at that gorgeous cover I think it may be my favorite of the 3!!

A COLD LEGACY
Megan Shepherd
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
ISBN: 978-0062128089
After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.



So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cover Reveal- FIRE IN THE WOODS by Jennifer M. Eaton and a Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton!!

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

I'm super excited to be taking part in this reveal I just finished the book and it's awesome! I can't wait for you all to meet David and fall in love with him!



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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.

But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?

Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea.

Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can't get caught.

Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can't really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.

As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she's to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
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Title: Fire in the Woods
Publication date: September 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Jennifer M. Eaton
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Jennifer M. EatonCorporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.

Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.
Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dying to Read (63)- THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows


Hey y’all thanks for stopping by to see my Dying to Read post and of course as always I have to give credit to the lovely Jill over at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday Meme!

I love Jodi Meadows and her books so when I heard she was writing another fantasy series I knew I had to add it to my tbr!And look at that gorgeous cover!!

THE ORPHAN QUEEN
Jodi Meadows
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
ISBN: 978-0062317384
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.



So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review- SILVER SHADOWS by Richelle Mead

SILVER SHADOWS (Bloodlines Book #5)
Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 29, 2014
Hardcover: 380 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
ISBN:  978-1595143211
Source: Hardcover from the publisher
Rating: Obsessed!!!!!!!!!!!
From Goodreads.
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

I know I said this in my last review for THE FIERY HEART by seriously....Y’all!!!!! Richelle Mead is definitely going to be the death of me! I thought the wait for THE FIERY HEART was bad! But hell I just finished SILVER SHADOWS and I need THE RUBY CIRCLE like right now!!!!!!! If you're looking for spoilers sorry you won't find them here just me gushing about how much I loved this book!

Richelle brought back the dual POV's just like she had inTHE FIERY HEART and they were amazing and heartbreaking. I really loved seeing Syd and Adrian apart and to see them dealing with their own trials and demons. In THE FIERY HEART they learned to love and trust each other but in SILVER SHADOWS they learn what it really means to be in love and to fight for it no matter the costs, and let me tell you it's not without difficulties. There's temptations and torture, attempted brainwashing and depression. 

This book isn't all swoony scenes and happy feelings. Richelle punches you in the gut and when you think you can come up for air... she punches you again! AND I LOVED EVERY PAGE! 

A lot of the characters we have met in the book are back but some have smaller parts in this one. We really get to focus on Syd and Adrian in this one both as individuals and as a couple. That being said it looks like we'll get most of the gang back together for the finale THE RUBY CIRCLE just trust me when you get to the end of the book you'll see what I mean! Oh and usual we also get to see some of our favorites from The Vampire Academy series there quite a bit going on in the Moroi court right now :) :)

I can now say with absolute certainty that the Bloodlines series is my favorite! Yep over The Vampire Academy! Don’t get me wrong I still love TVA but Adrian and Sydney’s story just resonates with me more! I've always been Team Adrian and if you read these books you'll know why!

I’m going to share a small scene with you from Adrian's POV because I adore him. This is during a dream he's having with Sydney when they're still apart.

"Adrian?"

Her voice was small, nearly lost in the dripping of the water from the fountain. But the power it carried--and the effect it had on me--was monumental. I'd heard the expression "weak-kneed" before but had never lived it until now. My muscles didn't feel as thought they could sustain me, and there was a great swelling in my chest, the result of a tangle of emotions I couldn't even begin to describe. Love. Joy. Relief. Disbelief. And mixed in with all of them were the emotions that I'd endured these last few months as well: despair, fear, sorrow. It spread out from my heart, and I felt tears form in my eyes. It wasn't possible that one person could make you experience so many emotions at once, that one person could trigger a universe of feelings, simply with the sound if your name.

I also knew they were wrong--all of them. My mom. My dad. Nina. Anyone who thought love could simply be built on shared goals alone had never, ever experienced anything like what I had with Sydney. I couldn't believe I almost lost this through my own ignorance. Until I looked into her eyes now, I didn't truly realize what a hollow life I'd been living.

"Sydney..."



Want to know what happens next? You’ll just have to read the book to find out!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dying to Read (62)-DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess


Hey y’all thanks for stopping by to see my Dying to Read post and of course as always I have to give credit to the lovely Jill over at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday Meme!

I loved DEATH SWORN and I can't wait to read the conclusion to Ileni's story!And look at that gorgeous cover!!

DEATH MARKED
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 978-0062221247
At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they'd battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn't want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.

Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni's story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart.






So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Blog Tour- MIRROR X by Karri Thompson and a Giveaway!


I adore Karri Thompson and MIRROR X I've been with her since the beginning of this story and I love what it has become and I'm so happy that she wrote a scene from Michael's POV for this post! I loveeeeee Michael! Ooh and we have awesome giveaway too!

Haven't heard of MIRROR X? Check it out!



Title: MIRROR X
Author: Karri Thompson
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: June 23, 2014

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assasin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.


Now on to the post!



A note from Karri: Yes! This was too fun to write. I love Michael! Yeah, he has his issues, but he’s still my book boyfriend.
        
  I stood and took a seat on the edge of Cassie’s bed, my weight upon the mattress rocking her toward me. When her thigh hit my knee, I held my breath, and my heart jolted in my chest. Dead or alive, she was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.

          “Before you were awakened,” I said, “I spent hours at your bedside imaging what you were like, how your voice would sound, how you looked when you smiled. When your red lips pulsed, when your chest heaved, and you took your first breath, I kept my emotions in check. But now that you’ve ‘awakened,’ everything is different. I’m jealous and angry. I can’t sleep. I can’t stop thinking about you.”

          She tilted closer to me, and a strand of her dark hair fell over her shoulder. She parted her soft, pink lips, and I studied the curve of her jaw and neck. Being just tight enough to reveal the contours of what lie beneath it, even in a plain, white tunic, she was sexy.

“I feel the same way, too,” she said rocking closer and closing her eyes. The dim light of the room cast blue shadows across her cheeks. She took a breath, and in the next moment, my lips were against hers, kissing hard as the hot urge to meet her skin with my tongue brought my mouth to her neck.

“Not yet,” she said, drawing away.

But the room was free. No one would know. My forehead hot and wet with sweat, my palms sticky, I inhaled deeply, but it wasn’t enough to calm my heart and quell my longing for her.

She was right, though at that moment, I didn’t want to believe it. “I know,” I said, rising from the bed. Running the sleeve of my uniform across my head, I backed away, and dropped into the chair. She diverted her eyes to the floor and brought a trembling hand to her lips. “I can’t . . . we can’t. We can never . . .” I said quickly. “It’s against protocol. I should go.”


Brushing the wrinkles from my uniform, I rose stiffly from the chair and hurried to the door, hoping that once I entered the hall, my eyes wouldn’t hold the story of what just happened. With the sweep of my foot, I enabled the obscuras, and left her room. 

What I needed now was a cold shower.

This is awesome! Thanks Karri!!!!



About Karri:
Karri’s debut YA novel, Amateur Angel, was released May 1, 2012. The next book in that series, Hollywood Angels, came out September 1, 2013. The first book in her upcoming dystopian trilogy, The Van Winkle Chronicles, will be released by Entangled Publishing Summer 2014.











Giveaway Details:

5 Prize Packs of  back straps for cell phones (phone in photo not included), romance trading cards, mini-book charms, and bottle-cap charms. US Only.


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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
7/7/2014- Pieces of WhimsyExcerpt
7/8/2014- The Cover ContessaGuest Post
7/9/2014- K-BooksExcerpt
7/11/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

Week Two:
7/14/2014- Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf- Interview
7/15/2014- A Book and a LatteExcerpt
7/16/2014- Step Into FictionInterview
7/17/2014- Addicted ReadersExcerpt
7/18/2014- Mom With A KindleInterview



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