Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Blitz with Excerpt + Giveaway: Arms of Anu by Christina Mercer @XpressoTours @cwritebuzz

Arms of Anu by Christina Mercer
Series: Arrow of the Mist #2
Publication date: March 13th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Follows award-winning Preteen/Teen Fantasy ARROW OF THE MIST

Blood of body, blood of soul,
Entwined for life, then unfolds;
If blood still runs when magic binds,
Soul is never too far to find.

In ARMS OF ANU, Lia and Kelven battle through a land of tyrants, war and magic.

Can Lia escape the foes who ensnare her?
Will Kelven's love withstand the darkness taking root inside Lia?
Is freedom too high a crown to reach, or will they forever remain in the hollows?

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Lia Griene folded birch-white arms against her chest. Wynn stood beside her with his wrists and ankles shackled in chains. Lia winced at the fresh blood seeping from her cousin's wounds. She might have just enough knitbone sewn in the hem of her cloak to set a poultice on them after they returned to the cart.

If we return.

Royal Sage Conall eyed them, his mouth dripping with jellied pork and wine. "I see your tempers have calmed since leaving Rockberg this morning. Amazing how rebels quiet under lock and key."

Lia tried to calm the loathing that brewed like bitter nightshade within her. She'd rather fight bog goblins for a thousand years than spend another minute before Nemetona's nobility. But she held her composure. They still had a fortnight of travel to the royal city of Anu and she'd prefer to face the king with her tongue attached. She met the sage's glare with silence.

He responded with a snort and continued to stuff his face with greasy meat. His brother, Royal Sage Lorne, cleared his throat and spat in a wrinkled cloth he kept gripped in his hand. He resembled Conall in crimson attire alone. Where Sage Connall was fat like the swine he feasted upon, Sage Lorne was akin to rotting leather over bone. He peered at Lia and Wynn from black hollow set too deep for the candlelight to reach.


Kelvin jabbed at the red embers of the cook fire, their glow barely cutting through the hazy night. The stench of Anu pressed against him like a decaying hide. He and several of his Northern comrades had woven themselves through the city that day, searching for a way across the bridge and inside the castle walls. Somewhere inside, Lia and Wynn awaited their fate.

"Lia." Her name slipped through his lips. She was spirited like a wild filly, recklessly loyal to her family, and impossibly skilled in herb crafts. And she has fascinated him from the moment he met her several years ago at Wynn's.

He gazed up at the castle, the cold towers shrouded in darkness and fog. His insides tugged with the same guilt he'd struggled with ever since the royal sages had arrived in Rockberg. Lia's father, Dylan, and Wynn's father, Finn, had reassured him he'd done the right thing by fleeing to the hills with the Grimoire, Wynn's enchanted shield, and the remaining bottles of Brume's elixir. Kelven knew that hiding the precious items served a vital purpose, but an unshakable shame lingered in his heart for leaving his friends to face the royal sages without him. He should have been there, standing alongside them, offering whatever support he could.

About the Author:
Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She placed in the Semi-Finals of the Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, won an Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and took Writer's Best in Show at the SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference. She resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees. For more about her and her writing visit her Web Site.

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Ladybug Loot/Book Haul (49)

Last Saturday was intense. I went to a library sale that was absolutely PACKED with people. My boss, who owns a used bookstore, ended up getting 33 large totes of books. She bought me some which I will be paying her back for, as well as buying me lunch. I am slowly accumulating the books I bought as we go through the boxes of stuff, so some of these are from the sale, others are from the local $.50 library store.

Books Won

[SIGNED] Salvage by Alexandra Duncan - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Jamie and Rachel @ Rockstar Book Tours)

Books Bought

Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning (Fever #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
Darkness Rising by Keri Arthur (Dark Angels #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Darkness Hunts by Keri Arthur (Dark Angels #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #6) - Goodreads / Amazon
Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #8) - Goodreads / Amazon
If You Were Mine by Bella Andre (The Sullivans #5) - Goodreads / Amazon
Night's Master by Amanda Ashley (Children of the Night #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker (Black Knights Inc. #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
Skinwalker by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Into the Dark by Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld #0.5) - Goodreads / Amazon
Dead After Dark by Various Authors (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6.6) - Goodreads / Amazon
Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #6) - Goodreads / Amazon
Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #7) - Goodreads / Amazon
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Seraphina #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Mine by Katy Evans (Real #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Shadow Marked by Anna J. Evans (Demon Bound #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines (The Vincent Boys #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines (The Vincent Boys #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Program by Suzanne Young (The Program #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (The Clockwork Century #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle - Goodreads / Amazon


NetGalley (for Review)

Retribution by Amy Thompson (Lost Souls #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
See Through Me by Sera Bright (Lose My Senses #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner (Angel Assassins #1) - Goodreads / Amazon

Edelweiss (for Review)

Blazed by Jason Myers - Goodreads / Amazon
Heated by J. Kenner (Most Wanted #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Compulsion by Martina Boone (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) - Goodreads / Amazon

Amazon Freebies

Crimson Night by Marie Hall (Night #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Wake For Me by Isobel Irons (Life or Death #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith (Wishes #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Second Heart by G.J. Walker-Smith (Wishes #2) - Goodreads / Amazon

Thank you to all the bloggers, authors, and publishers who sent me numerous goodies and bookish things :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Blast with Trailer + Giveaway: Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum @BookNerdTours @bethfehlbaum

Bit Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum
Publication date: April 18th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.

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About the Author:
In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She is currently a Library Science student at Sam Houston State University.

Beth is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience (WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds out The Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished. The Patience Trilogy has been revised and is available for acquisition!

Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims' advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims' Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of "Hope".

Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby's in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters' stories in a way meant to inspire hope.

Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas. 

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