Friday, January 30, 2015

Chaos Blog Tour: Interview with Lanie Bross

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming author Lanie Bross back to the blog as part of the promotional tour for her newest paranormal young adult release, Chaos. Chaos is the second book in her Fates series, and Lanie was nice enough to answer a few questions for me about what this story holds in store for Corinthe, Luc and company. I hope you all enjoy the interview!

If time started shifting and stuttering the way it does in Chaos and you found yourself able to cross into the world of one other piece of fiction, what world would you most want to spend time in?
This is going to sound crazy, but I would love to jump into a post apocalyptic world. Preferably one with zombies that I could fight!
What was the most challenging aspect of weaving together not one, but two romances in this second installment?
The romance weaving wasn’t that difficult, it was keeping track of where everyone was that proved to be the most challenging. There was not a linear progression in Jas and Fords story, so making sure that each time they came together, I knew “where” they were in their relationship was difficult! Luc and Corinthe were much easier, as their storyline followed a very specific path this time.
As an older brother, Luc probably has an opinion on the type of guy he wants his little sister Jasmine to to end up with. What are a few of the words he might use to describe Ford? 
Arrogant. Dangerous. Not good enough. (I think that Ford and Luc are a lot alike in their desire to protect the people they care about, though.)
If Luc or Jasmine had been warned that their lives would soon be turned upside down, would either of them have taken steps to change their fates or would they have let things unfold as they were supposed to?
I think Luc might have fought against it. He had a plan for his future and fought really hard for it. Jas on the other hand was a free spirit. She would welcome the unknown and be open to whatever the universe wanted to give her.
How might the Luc at the end of Chaos describe the Luc at the very beginning of Fates? Is there any one aspect of his life then and the young man he was before his entire world changed that he misses on occasion?
Wow, that’s a pretty deep question! I think the Luc now would miss the normalcy of his world a little. When he was just Luc and he hung out with friends and played soccer and thought about college. Now he is aware of this huge universe where other worlds exist and he’s seen and done things that should be impossible, and he can’t ever un-know it. But I don’t think he’d go back, even with everything that happened!

*Jenny nods sagely* Yes. I'm very deep. It's intimidating and awe-inspiring 
to be sure ;-)

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Can they change their destiny?

They kissed only once—and it was electric, like the air before a storm. But Corinthe and Luc broke the rules of the universe, and learned too late that their love would have consequences. In the dizzying aftermath, Luc refuses to accept his destiny—not if it means a life without Corinthe. As a fire rages through the Crossroads that connect worlds, Luc must find a way to turn back time and save Corinthe once and for all.

Meanwhile, Luc's 15-year-old sister Jasmine starts to realize things are not as they seem when time begins stuttering, sending her everyday life in San Francisco spinning into chaos. She’s thrown into the path of Ford, a troubled soul with a secret past, who helps her unravel the mysterious threads that connect them all.

Two breathtaking romances interweave across time in this story of what lies on the other side of Fate, as both Jas and Luc discover the incredible lengths they will go for love.

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Lanie Bross was born in a small town in Maine, where she spent the next 18 years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up coming right back to the wilds of Maine where they now live just one house down from where she grew up. Fate, perhaps? She loves chasing around her rambunctious kids, playing tug-o-war with her 95 pound Lab, and writing for Young Adults. Chaos is the sequel to Fates.  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ALA + Chicago Bound!

Today I'm headed to Chicago to attend my very first ALA conference. I've been to BEA a number of times and have heard from other bloggers that ALA (at least ALA Midwinter) is a bit lower key than the BEA monster, so I'm excited to see how the two compare. I do have one bone to pick already with the ALA organizers however, and it's with the cities they choose for their conferences.

I love Chicago, it's an amazing city, but I do NOT love Chicago in Jan/Feb and I love traveling in Jan/Feb even less. Why, oh why, is ALA Midwinter mostly in cities with notoriously harsh winters (I'm looking at you Philadelphia and Boston) while regular
ALA, in June, is in beautifully warm cities like San Francisco? I propose a switch
ALA team :)

Despite my lack of enthusiasm for traveling to Chicago and back, I'm greatly looking forward to the event itself and I hope I to see some of you there!

I'll have an interview with Lanie Bross about her newest release Chaos on the blog tomorrow so be sure and check that out, and then I'll be returning on Tuesday with a review of a graphic novel all about Ares and his fellow Olympian gods.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Grave Phantoms

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine and is a fun way to see what books other bloggers just can't wait to get their hands on!

Roaring Twenties #2
Jenn Bennett
Historical/Paranormal Romance
Releases May 5th from Berkley

From Goodreads:

Feisty flapper Astrid Magnusson is home from college and yearning for the one thing that’s always been off limits: Bo Yeung, her notorious bootlegging brother’s second-in-command. Unfortunately her dream of an easy reunion proves difficult after a violent storm sends a mysterious yacht crashing into the Magnussons’ docks. What’s worse, the boat disappeared a year ago, and the survivors are acting strangely…

Bo has worked with the Magnusson family for years, doing whatever is needed, including keeping his boss’s younger sister out of trouble—and his hands to himself. Of course, that isn’t so easy after Astrid has a haunting vision about the yacht’s disappearance, plunging them into an underground world of old money and dark magic. Danger will drive them closer together, but surviving their own forbidden feelings could be the bigger risk.

I love a when a series introduces a new couple in each installment (mostly because I crave an HEA every time, and with a series that focuses on the same set of characters book to book, I'm almost always guaranteed some kind of cliffhanger or heartbreak at the end of every installment), particularly when I meet characters in the first book whom I know will be getting their own story down the line. Such was the case with Astrid and Bo, two people who had a great deal of chemistry and tension between them in books one and two, and I've been waiting for their story from the moment they first appeared on page.

Plus, this type of forbidden romance–where two people have known each other for a very long time and have feelings they think they shouldn't due to relationships with friends or family–is the kind of temptation I simply can't resist. In May, Astrid and Bo will most definitely be in my hot little hands!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

Smythe-Smith Quartet #4
Julia Quinn
Historical Romance
384 pages
Available Now
Source: eARC from publisher for review

THE STORY (from Goodreads)
Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second—or third—look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.

Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can't quite believe it's all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can't help thinking that he's hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy is yet another gem from Ms. Quinn, drawing us right back into this world on the evening of a now-infamous Smythe-Smith musicale, an event that never fails to make us cry with laughter. This latest musical adventure is as hilarious as expected; missed cues, small children playing the roles of multiple barnyard animals, and a unicorn horn affixment issue combining to ensure any chance we had of only reading a few chapters before bed goes right out the window. Any reader picking up a Julia Quinn novel should prepare themselves to be absolutely delighted with not only the humor, but also the beautifully emotional romance as well, both Iris and Richard characters who easily make the list of favorite couples.

Iris is a product of the time period in which she lives yet also years ahead of it, a smart mouth and quick wit something she employs regularly when in the company of friends and family alone. With Richard she plays the role of a more demure young woman, her inexperience with romantic situations keeping her quiet when she knows something between them is amiss, but even when she’s at her most hesitant and wary, she still allows her personality to shine through and gives Richard a bit of sass. Just when we reach the point where everything in us demands that Iris finally give voice to all that’s worrying her, she steps up and does just that, letting Richard see her hurt, anger, and sense of betrayal. She never seeks to hurt him in return though, instead maintaining a more than appropriate level of ire without striking out him and making the situation between them worse.

Richard, for his part, is someone we’re hesitant to fully support in the beginning knowing he’s after Iris out of necessity rather than want, but over the course of the book he proves himself to be genuine in his affection. He’s laughably terrible at communicating however, keeping Iris in the dark as to his physical–and later emotional–reaction to her, which leaves her little choice but to assume his interest in her does not extend to the bedroom. Much like Iris though, when it comes time for him to step up and let her see the truth of all that he’s been hiding, he does so, trying with sincerity to make amends for the many mistakes he’s made along the way.

Overall The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, in a way quite opposite from the fine ladies that play in the Smythe-Smith musicale, hits every romantic note beautifully, leaving us with a broad smile and a warm sense of satisfaction.

Rating: 4/5

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This book was sent to me by the publisher free of charge for the purpose of a review
I received no other compensation and the above is my honest opinion.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Originals Blog Tour + Giveaway

Today I'm hugely excited to be a part of the promotional tour for The Originals: The Rise, a book which includes three never-before-released prequel stories featuring The Original vampire family. For those of you who don't know, The Originals is a spin-off of the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries, and die-hard vampire lover that I am, a show I can't wait to binge watch. Following the tour has further ratcheted up my anticipation of meeting the members of this family and getting their story from the very beginning, but I have to admit that Klaus is of particular interest to me. It couldn't have worked out better then that today's teaser quote just happened to be from him:

I can't say I know to whom he's currently speaking, but in my imagination it's me (obviously) and this is his way of professing his undying love. Perhaps slightly delusional on my part, but I'm going with it anyway. I hope you all get a chance to check out both this book and the show itself, and don't forget to check the bottom of the post for all the details on a fabulous giveaway!

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(releases January 27th from Harlequin)

Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they've escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus's attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus's volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?

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Julie Plec is the co-creator & executive producer of The Vampire Diaries & the creator of The Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals. Plec got her start as a writer and producer on the ABC Family series Kyle XY. She also collaborated on the CW drama The Tomorrow People. Her screenplay adaptation The Tiger’s Curse is in development at Paramount, and she will produce the feature @emma with Darko Entertainment. Past feature production credits include Scream 2 and Scream 3.

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15 prize packs including: A copy of The Originals: The Rise and a copy of The Originals season 1 on DVD.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to check out all the blogs on this tour for more teasers, reviews and spotlights!

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Big Love Letter Event 2015

Last year the wonderful Danny from Bewitched Bookworms and I hosted an event that ran the month of February wherein we celebrated our obsession with all things romance, and I'm beyond excited to announce that we're once again hosting the event this year! I think I summed the event up pretty well in last year's introductory post, so instead of reinventing the wheel, I'm just going paste that intro below. Laziness, thy name is Jenny.

In celebration of Valentine's Day (but really, more in celebration of how much Danny and I love to swoon over sexy bad boys and adorable good guys), we've asked some of our very favorite authors to write love letters that will appear on our blogs every Friday during the month of February. We proposed letters written from one character to another, from author to character, character to readers, or anything else the authors might be inspired to write that would help us honor our love of love, and the result is something truly fantastic.

Be sure and check both here and Bewitched Bookworms every Friday as we'll be featuring letters from different authors on each blog, and throughout the event we'll also be hosting a fabulous giveaway, so I hope you guys are as excited about this as we are!

The response we received last year was so enthusiastic that we decided to extend the event from 4 weeks to 6, so every Friday from February 6th to March 13th both Danny and I will be posting various types of love letters on our blogs. We have a truly outstanding lineup this year, so we can't wait to kick things off in a couple weeks! You can expect to see letters from the following:

Kristen Simmons will get things rolling here at Supernatural Snark on the 6th, so I hope you'll all stop by to see what she has in store! You don't want to miss it:)