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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Release Day Blitz- CHARM by J.A. Armitage with an Excerpt & A Giveaway!


I am so excited that CHARM by J.A. Armitage is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by USA Today Bestselling Author J.A. Armitage, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Cinderella Prize Pack courtesy of J.A. So if you’d like a chance to win, click on the link at the bottom of this post.



About The Book:

Title: CHARM
Author: J.A. Armitage
Pub. Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pages: 291
Formats: eBook
Find it: AmazonGoodreads

You all know the story of Cinderella... 
The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. The problem is, she has no intention of ever getting married, let alone pushing a child out of her ladyparts. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. The problem is, she doesn't want to choose between a hundred eligible bachelors. She just wants to live her life in peace and find love in her own time. 

Cynder knows about the impending war between his people and those of his masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he's a staunch supporter of his own royal family, but he can't deny the attraction he feels for the daughter of the king and queen he works for. 

Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.

Excerpt:

My mother smiled. Her smile had a way of putting people at ease. I’d seen her use it countless times on nervous subjects. That’s what made her a good queen. She flicked her eyes towards my father who just nodded and then she turned back to me. Reaching forward and taking my hand in hers she spoke softly to me. Another trick of hers to keep me calm. I wondered briefly what exactly she would need to keep me calm for.

You already know

The little voice was persistent.

“We cannot cancel the ball. Too much is at stake and, while it is unfortunate timing, it would be madness to stop it at this late stage. Your father and I have talked extensively about this and we have decided that you are to take Grace’s place.”

I opened my mouth in shock. We had only just begun the official mourning for Grace and here they both were, asking me to take her place at some stupid party.

“You mean dance with the men?”

“Not just dance with them. We need concrete ties. The country is in a period of great instability and we need a leader to take our place when we are gone. We need you to choose a husband.”

About J.A.:


Born in Leeds, I lived a very normal life until I got bored one day and decided to travel the world. Since then I've worked on a Banana Plantation, cleaned ACDC's dressing room and been a professional clown.
I climbed to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the top of Kilimanjaro. Nowadays you'll find me being a climbing frame for my two young children, working in a school, and renovating my home.

Did I also mention I wrote some books?

I hope you enjoy them!

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Giveaway Details:

*****CHARM GIVEAWAY*****
I'm giving away a Cinderella swag pack, print copies of Charm and a $20 Amazon voucher.

1st prize: Cinderella Swag Pack with NYT bestselling book, DVD and print copy of Charm

2nd Prize: $20 Amazon Giftcard and Ecopy of Charm

3rd Prize: Print copy of Charm

Just click the link below to take you to the entry form

GOOD LUCK :)



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: BRAVE by Jennifer L. Armentrout & A Giveaway!


I’m very excited to be reveling the cover for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s BRAVE! The third book in her WICKED series! I freaking LOVE these books! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Book Info




SYNOPSIS:



Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.
If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

ADDITIONAL INFO:


Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3
RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017
Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book

PRE-ORDER LINK:


Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xhWlDT

*Amazon is the only retailer with a pre-order link at this time.

VIRTUAL SIGNING INFORMATION:

To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE!
And best of all -- This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! 



- Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET
- Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17
- Open Internationally


JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT AUTHOR INFO




# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Website: https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JLArmentrout
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer_l_armentrout/



GIVEAWAY INFO


·        PRIZE: SURPRISE SIGNED PRIZE PACK (containing multiple signed books & swag)
·        OPEN INTERNATIONAL
·        ENDS 10/2/17

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Cover Reveal- The Fall of The King by Stacey Marie Brown

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Title: The Fall of the King

Series: Lightness Saga, book 3

Author: Stacey Marie Brown

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Release Date: October 12, 2017

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There is nothing the Unseelie king doesn’t acquire.  

That was until he meets Fionna Cathbad.  

A fierce druid, who won’t bow to anyone. Especially Lars. The demon king has every right to kill her, her treasonous acts against the crown are undisputable. But, she is the key to the one thing he wants more than anything. The cauldron of dagda. A powerful treasure that no fae should possess.

  To get what he wants, he finds the very thing that forces her to help him, leading them to down a dangerous path.  

Because it’s not only Fionna who is deceiving him. His own mind is starting to turn on him, twisting his sanity, and releasing the demon he keeps pinned up.  

As old ghosts and new foes step up into this game, Lars needs to find the cauldron before all is lost. 

 His kingdom and himself.
 
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Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.  

She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is Eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cover & Excerpt Reveal- HAVEN by Mary Lindsey & A Giveaway!



Today Mary Lindsey and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive excerpt for HAVEN, which releases November 7, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an ARC!

On to the reveal! 





Title: HAVEN
Author: Mary Lindsey
Pub. Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 400

Sometimes beauty is the beast…

"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.


Early Praise:

"Dangerous, dark and a definite page turner. Mary Lindsey rocks this book.”
- New York Times bestselling author C.C. Hunter

“A smoking hot hero and spine-chilling mystery = total win.”
- #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout

"This electrifying tale will take you on an unexpected journey into a secret world of witchcraft and shape shifters. Romance, adventure, and magic! Lindsey leaves you breathless and wanting more."
- Adriana Mather, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch

"This is not your mama's paranormal! Sexy, dark and intense. Unputdownable!"
- Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight

"Lindsey writes a hero with fire and gasoline. Then she lights a match with break-neck pacing, and scorches a path to readers' hearts. Don't blink for a moment."
- Victoria Scott, bestselling author of Fire & Flood

"Gripping and gritty, HAVEN had me glued to the pages from beginning to end! Rain is the best kind of hero -- tough, sexy, sweet, loyal. He charges through this action-packed tale that had me tearing up more than once, and I was perfectly happy to follow!"
- Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow.

"An utterly gritty and satisfying resurrection of the monster genre.Rain is an intense narrator and you won't know whether to scream or swoon. Haven is an instant classic!"
- Courtney Moulton, author of Angelfire

"Darkly compelling and deliciously chilling, Haven hooks you from the first line and never lets up. Gritty, spine-tingling, and full of nail-biting tension.”
- Amalie Howard, bestselling author of Bloodspell

"Dark, different, sexy, and edge-of-your-seat intense."
- Shawna Stringer, bookseller


Exclusive Excerpt!

When Rain turned back to Freddie, he bit down a gasp of surprise. She’d stripped off her shirt and tipped her face to the moon, eyes closed, like one would do to the sun at the beach. And here he’d thought the landscape was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen.

The air was still. Eerily still, and her smooth skin appeared to glow from inside in the moonlight—her black lace bra sheer enough to make him a little dizzy.

Without opening her eyes, she said, “Take off your shirt.”

No way in hell was he going to argue with that. He yanked off his shirt, clutching it in his fist, waiting for his next instruction.

He forgot how to breathe when she opened her pale eyes and moved toward him. Her gaze wasn’t focused on his face, though. It was on his chest. Stopping in front of him, she traced her fingers over the ink.

“Raindrops?” she asked, finger outlining one of the shapes.

“Tears,” he replied, again light-headed as she ran her fingertips over his pec.

“For your mom?”

“No. For all of us.”

She stepped back and, for a long time, stared at the tattoo comprised of dozens of drops in a random pattern over his chest, spilling down his ribs.

She traced a scar on his side with the tip of her finger. One of many marring his body from fights. “Your life has been sad.”

And so had hers recently. Maybe that was why he felt so connected to her. Their shared grief, their shared stand against a harsh, unfeeling, screwed-up world. Their shared solitude.

She turned back to the moon and raised her arms. “Do you feel it?”

Well, that was a wide-open question. He was feeling lots of things.

“The moon,” she said. “It’s like aloe when you’re sunburned. Try it.”

He imitated her posture, head back, arms out, but felt nothing other than the throbbing hardness he always felt around her.

“So, what do you think about that legend your aunt told you?” she asked.

He opened his eyes to find her studying him. “That the rock can turn men into beasts?” His mind raced, wondering what would prompt that question and what answer she was looking for. Men were beasts. Horrible monsters at times. He’d seen it firsthand. “I believe we all hide a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

There it was again. That strange warm pull in his chest while she studied him. Like she totally got him—something no one else had ever bothered to do. He’d never been understood or accepted. People saw his size and found out his background and immediately wrote him off as dangerous or not worth the trouble. Not Freddie.

She obviously found his answer acceptable, because she wound her fingers in his hair and hauled him against her for another kiss. Raw, open-mouthed, and hungry. He’d never met anyone like this, who made him burn so hot he thought he might die from need. Recovering from surprise, he placed his hands on either side of her bare rib cage, feeling her body expand and contract with each quick breath. Bones and hard muscle working beneath smooth, soft skin. Skin he wanted to touch all over.

“I like you, Rain Ryland,” she said, dragging her nails down his back.

“Like” didn’t even come close. He was on fire for her. Had thought of her night and day since he first saw those eerily pale eyes and badass attitude. She was smart, strong, and terribly, terribly dangerous, which turned him on like crazy. “I like you, too.”

“How much?”

Something was going on here. Something other than foreplay. “More than I’ve ever liked anyone.” Which was true and unexpected. This was more than physical, which was a terrifying thought for him. Maybe this time he could stay. Maybe this time he’d actually found a home and wouldn’t have to leave everything behind.

He kissed her again, not wanting to think about legends, or leaving, or anything else for that matter. He wanted to just live in this moment as long as it lasted. Running his hands lower, his thumb brushed the unmistakable shape of a condom in her back pocket. He froze, and she smiled against his lips.

“You scared, Sprinkles?”

“Yes.”

“Of me?” It was like she wanted him to fear her.

“No.” He pulled back, amazed at how her eyes reflected the moon like clear glass. “Of this.” He gestured to the space he’d put between them. “Of whatever this is.” The intensity of it. The urgency. And worse, much worse—the potential loss of it. He’d never feared losing something before because he’d never had anything worth keeping. This girl, though. She was different. And he wanted her.



About Mary: 

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.

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Giveaway Details:
5 winners will receive an ARC of HAVEN, US Only.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Blog Tour- ODD & TRUE by Cat Winters An Interview & Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for ODD & TRUE by Cat Winters! I adore Cat and her books!!!

I have an interview with Cat to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!


Haven't heard of ODD & TRUE? Check it out!



Title: ODD & TRUE
Author: Cat Winters
Pub. Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher:  Amulet Books
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all. 
Now on to the interview!

Hey Cat!! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! ODD & TRUE was awesome and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

Thanks so much for hosting me, Jaime!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about ODD & TRUE and the characters?

ODD & TRUE is the story of two sisters, Odette and Trudchen Grey, known as Od and Tru. Older sister Od has always told younger sister Tru fairytales and legends to hide the pain of their family’s history and to bolster Tru’s spirits after a debilitating battle with polio. Now that Tru is older, she no longer believes in magic and wants to learn the truth about their past. Od reemerges after a mysterious two-year absence and claims they’re destined to embark on a hunt for monsters across America. Tru finds herself doing whatever it takes to uncover Od’s secrets, even if it means following her sister on her strange and fantastical quest to slay a mythical beast.  

The novel was inspired by a real-life monster hunt in 1909 America.

So what’s up next for you? What are you working on?

I’m hard at work on a new YA novel, but I can’t yet say what it’s about. I’ll drop a little hint, though: this one involves the teenage years of a real-life historical figure.

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

The bond that Od and Tru share was inspired by my relationship with my own sister. Their childhood was far more tragic than what my sister and I experienced, but some of our traits definitely made their way into these fictional girls.  

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

I loved writing from the alternating viewpoints of my two leads, who are near and dear to my heart, but Uncle Magnus also became a favorite. His character evolved into something far more complex than what I originally envisioned for him.

My least favorite? Hmm, that’s a hard one to say, because I enjoyed writing them all. I suppose Aunt Viktoria was probably the most difficult to write because I wanted to make sure she wasn’t a carbon copy of Aunt Eva from In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

(A special bonus for those of you following this blog tour: I realized Od and Tru’s mother and her siblings grew up during the same time and in the same region as Mary Shelley Black’s mother in In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Look for a mention of Mary Shelley’s mom, Amelia, in Chapter Two.)

What is your favorite passage/scene in ODD & TRUE?

Od’s first POV chapter, when we see the day of Tru’s birth and the way Od views the world.

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

This book involved nonstop research. I started with 1909 newspaper articles that detailed the sightings of a creature called the Leeds Devil (more popularly known today as the Jersey Devil), and I amassed a collection of books with topics ranging from American monster legends to domestic service in the early 1900s. Newspaper articles about numerous other topics from the era, as well as historical medical journal articles, also helped immensely. My sister happens to know a woman who’s descended from the Leeds family behind the Jersey Devil legend, so I got a chance to speak with her, and a school located in the heart of Jersey Devil country invited me to speak when I was in the middle of writing the novel, which proved to be extremely helpful.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

Severus Snape, the ultimate romantic, loyal Goth boy.

What inspired you to write YA?

Originally, I tried to break into publishing by writing adult fiction, but I could never manage to sell a book to a publisher, although I managed to sign with my agent. When I told her my ideas for In the Shadow of Blackbirds, she said it sounded like a YA novel and encouraged me to go in that direction. It happened to be my very first book to sell, so I’m thankful I followed her advice!

Lightening Round Questions

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

I’m reading a few books I can’t name because they’re part of my research for the secret project, but when I have a moment to steal, I’m reading AUMA’S LONG RUN, an excellent new MG novel by debut author Eucabeth Odhiambo. Please put it on your radar if you haven’t already.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Ravenclaw

Twitter or Facebook?

I tend to hang out more on Twitter.

Favorite Superhero?

Wonder Woman

Favorite TV show?

Currently, People of Earth

Sweet or Salty?

Sweet

Any Phobias?

Ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes!)

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

I’m still loving Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still,” even though it’s played all the time.

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

The movie adaptation of Brian Selznick’s WONDERSTRUCK


Thanks so much Cat for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read ODD & TRUE!


About Cat:

Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Her upcoming novels include The Cure for Dreaming (Amulet Books/Oct. 2014) and The Uninvited (William Morrow/2015), and she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at www.catwinters.com.
Photo by Tara Kelly

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Giveaway Details:

(3) winners will receive a finished copy of ODD & TRUE, US & Canada.


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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
9/4/2017- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview
9/5/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
9/6/2017- YA and WineGuest Post
9/7/2017- Ex LibrisReview
9/8/2017- Novel NoviceGuest Post


Week Two:
9/11/2017- Take Me Away To A Great ReadReview
9/12/2017-Two Chicks on BooksInterview 
9/13/2017- Falling For YAReview
9/14/2017- Stories & SweetiesGuest Post
9/15/2017- Lisa Loves LiteratureReview

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