Monday, April 7, 2014

New Cover Reveal ~ Lie to Me by Angela Fristoe

Lie to Me (A Touched Trilogy, #1)
by Angela Fristoe
Published: November 2012

Phoebe Matlin has always felt broken. While one of her sisters sees the future, and the other can heal people, Phoebe has come to accept that her truth telling gift just doesn't work.

Then her best friend, Tonya, lies to her and Phoebe's gift flares to life. With Tonya pissed at her, being a Truth Teller suddenly doesn't seem like such a great gift. Although, it is nice knowing she was the reason her crush, Nathan, dumped his stalker girlfriend.

But in lies, intention is everything and Tonya's lies are a cry for help. The fear that her friend is covering darker and more serious truths is something Phoebe can't ignore. But knowing when someone is lying is the easy part. Now she has to decide what to do about it. And with Nathan and his doubts about her ability confusing things, finding a way to help Tonya isn't as easy as Phoebe thought it would be. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Author Spotlight: Kimber Leigh Wheaton




 Shadow Fire
Light Chronicles Book 1

Kimber Leigh Wheaton

YA Fantasy Romance

Blurb

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.
Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.
Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal
As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?
Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.
Praise

"This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys.....Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!" Venture ~Amazon Reviewer

"Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages." James Luby ~Amazon Reviewer

Favorite Quotes

The villagers will be awaiting my return, skulking in the shadows, desperate to catch a glimpse of the walking dead girl. ~Ashlyn

After all, love conquers nothing but fools. ~Delistaire

Perhaps you shouldn’t have chased the poor pirate all over the ship shooting light daggers at him. ~Zane

How would you like a tour of this grand vessel, my angelic beauty? I’ll show you my favorite trysting spots. ~Taranis

About the Author

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)

Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming soon.


Author Links:
http://www.pinterest.com/Cymberle/


 Excerpt

Every step I take is one step closer to death.

Hiking through the dense underbrush, I try to calm my frayed nerves and control the fear threatening to overwhelm me. Twigs and tendrils of ivy grab at my ankles as I continue to forge ahead, forcing me to wrench away from their skeletal grip. The sunlight is fading, signaling the end of another day, but this is no ordinary day.

A loud crack pierces the air. I freeze in my tracks, my breath catching in my throat. Whipping my head around, I try to locate the source of the sound. My heart pounds in my chest, the erratic rhythm painful. These woods are full of predators, some animal, some monster, but the worst… human. Taking a deep breath, I listen to the surrounding woods: birds chirp, insects hum, and small animals scurry about as if they have no care in the world.

Lungs burning, I force myself to continue walking. I didn't collapse three weeks ago when this whole fiasco started, and I won't give in now. My family needs me to be strong.

The trees become sparser as I approach the edge of the forest. My shoulders slump when I pass the tree house we used to play in so many years ago. Any other day when I'm this close to home after a long day of hunting, I'd smile, breathe a sigh of relief, and perhaps look forward to dinner. Today there will be no raucous family meal, no solace in entering the peaceful village, and nothing to smile about.

The villagers will be awaiting my return, skulking in the shadows, desperate to catch a glimpse of the walking dead girl.

I've dealt with the whispers and pointing for three weeks with my head held high, my anxiety hidden behind a mask of indifference. I don't want them to see me like this, trembling in fear, broken. They've taken everything I am, every hope, every dream I've had for the future and smashed them to pieces with little hope of salvation. The townsfolk of Verdane decided my fate and they chose death.

The elders told me being Chosen is an honor. Either they are ignorant or apathetic. Every five years for the last twenty, a teenage girl has been chosen by the town, via secret ballot, to undertake this dangerous quest, never to return. Perhaps if the elders had to forfeit their lives instead they wouldn't be so quick to label it an honor, they'd call it what it is… a sacrifice.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Giveaway ~ Kiss My Math by Danica McKellar

So with Danica McKellar starring on Dancing With The Stars, I began feeling a bit nostalgic. I loved watching The Wonder Years when I was growing up and the romance between Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper had me wishing for my own childhood romance :) That Danica went on to become an author and math guru made her a even cooler in my dorky opinion.

In celebrating the re-emergence of Danica McKellar, I've joined together with a few other YA authors to host a giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive a paperback copy of Kiss My Math by Danica McKellar! The giveaway begins today and continues until Danica wins or is eliminated from Dancing With the Stars.

 From the author of the runaway bestseller Math Doesn?t Suck, the next step in the math curriculum-- pre-Algebra.

Last year, actress and math genius Danica McKellar made waves nationwide, challenging the "math nerd" stereotype and giving girls the tools to ace tests and homework in her unique just-us-girls style. Now, in Kiss My Math, McKellar empowers a new crop of girls, 7th to 9th graders, taking on the next level of mathematics: pre-Algebra.

Stepping up not only the math, but also the sass and style, Kiss My Math will help math-phobic teenagers everywhere chill out about math, and finally "get" negative numbers, variables, absolute values, exponents, and more. Each chapter features:

  - Step-by-step instruction
- Time-saving tips and tricks

- Illuminating practice problems with detailed solutions
- Real-world examples

- True stories from Danica's own life as a student and actress

Kiss My Math also includes more fun extras--including personality quizzes, reader polls, and real-life testimonials-- ultimately revealing why pre-Algebra is easier, more relevant, and more glamorous than girls think.


There are multiple ways to enter including the option to tweet daily. The listed end date is subject to change and winner will be announced within 48 hours of Danica's win or elimination from DWTS.


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Intangible by DelSheree Gladden * Review



http://angelafristoe.blogspot.com/2014/03/intangible-by-delsheree-gladden-blog.html


I am so excited to be hosting this stop on the Intangible by DelSheree Gladden Blog Tour! After reading my review of Intangible, you can click on the tour banner to check out the tour schedule.

http://amzn.to/1iF1nOd
Intangible (The Aerling Series, #1)
by DelSheree Gladden
Published: March 12, 2014
Available: Amazon  
Mason is not imaginary.
He's not a ghost, either.
And he's most definitely not a hallucination.

Mason is an Aerling, and the Sentinels' number one target.

Separated to keep each other safe and alive until Mason's eighteenth birthday when Olivia is expected to guide him back to the world of the Aerlings, neither one was prepared to be stripped of their best friend, of the person they love most. The pain being away from each other causes is the least of their worries, though, as the Sentinels intensify their search for Mason and bring the threat of danger to a whole new level.
 
Review:
I have to start by saying that The Aerling Series is one of my all time favorite YA reads.The first book in the series, Invisible, ended with a heart wrenching scene that had me in tears, so I was pretty certain that the beginning of Intangible was going to be an emotional time for Olivia and Mason. Since this is a sequel, my review won't have a lot of details - I don't want to give away the first in the series!

Gladden has an amazing way of building such incredible depth and life into her characters. When I first started reading the series, I had a hard time feeling sympathy for Olivia. And while I grew to like her character, I still felt she was being unfair to Mason. Going into Intangible, I was totally on board with her and Mason being together. It was impossible not to feel the agony that these two go through and yet, Gladden also keeps focused on the storyline as well. This is not a romance with a paranormal subplot.

What I loved best about Intangible and Invisible is that even if the romance wasn't there, I'd still want to read the series. The concept is well developed and thought out, and while Invisible introduced the read to Aerlings, Intangible brings us deeper into the mystery surrounding them. I absolutely can't wait to read the next book in the series!






More about The Aerling Series
The Characters:

Invisible (The Aerling Series, #1)
http://amzn.to/1iF1YQ5

Olivia’s best friend is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And she’s pretty sure he’s not a hallucination. He’s just Mason.

He is, however, invisible.

When Olivia spotted the crying little boy on her front porch at five years old, she had no idea she was the only one who could see him. Twelve years later when new-girl Robin bumps into the both of them and introduces herself to Mason, they are both stunned.

Mason couldn’t be more pleased that someone else can see him. Olivia, on the other hand, isn’t jumping at the chance to welcome Robin into their circle. Jealousy may have something to do with
that, but honest fear that Robin’s presence will put Mason in danger is soon validated when a strange black car shows up outside Olivia’s house.

The race to find out what Robin knows in time to protect Mason from whatever threats are coming becomes Olivia’s only focus.

About the Author
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. Look for, Wicked Power, the next book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series, and Soul Stone, book two in the Escaping Fate Series, coming 2014.
Author Links 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Intangible by DelSheree Gladden *Excerpt



http://angelafristoe.blogspot.com/2014/03/intangible-by-delsheree-gladden-blog.html


I am so excited to be hosting this stop on the Intangible by DelSheree Gladden Blog Tour! After reading the excerpt, you can click on the tour banner to check out the tour schedule.

http://amzn.to/1iF1nOd
 
Intangible (The Aerling Series, #1)
by DelSheree Gladden
Published: March 12, 2014
Available: Amazon 
Mason is not imaginary.
He's not a ghost, either.
And he's most definitely not a hallucination.

Mason is an Aerling, and the Sentinels' number one target.

Separated to keep each other safe and alive until Mason's eighteenth birthday when Olivia is expected to guide him back to the world of the Aerlings, neither one was prepared to be stripped of their best friend, of the person they love most. The pain being away from each other causes is the least of their worries, though, as the Sentinels intensify their search for Mason and bring the threat of danger to a whole new level.
 
Excerpt from Intangible by DelSheree Gladden

Chapter 16

“I won’t sacrifice your life for any reason, Olivia,” I say, my voice sounding harsh.

Taking in a deep breath, Olivia prepares to argue with me. I don’t give her the chance.

“Unless Robin’s grandmother gave you some kind of insight about what’s going to happen to you when I go home, this is far from being a done deal. Nothing will ever convince me to let you risk your life to save mine. I won’t let you do it. I won’t!”

Expecting an immediate argument, I am left off balance when I am greeted by silence. An unsettling anxiety washes over me as I wait for her to say something, anything!

Olivia’s quiet, sweet voice whispers over the line, and from the first syllable I know going against her is nearly impossible. “Mason, I would gladly give up my life in exchange for yours. That was never even a question for me.” She breathes out slowly. “But this is so much more than just us now. It isn’t my life or yours that we’re risking. It’s every Aerling’s life. Molly’s, Conner’s, Shane’s. If I don’t help you get home, the Sentinels will eventually find them. They’ll never give up their war. We have a chance to stop this forever. We have a chance to save them all. Saving you is reason enough to do this, but ending a war…how could I not take the risk?”

Silently, I wipe away the tears that started falling at the mention of Molly’s name. I could never let Olivia risk her life for me, but could I make the same argument when it is Molly’s life hanging in the balance? I shake my head, knowing I would do anything to protect Molly. It breaks my heart to admit Olivia is right, but there is no other choice I can make.

Emotion is thick in my voice as I say, “Molly.” My heart aches thinking of such a sweet little girl being hurt because of me.

“She’s the only reason you’re going to let me try, isn’t she,” Olivia says.

It takes me a moment to answer, to clear enough emotion from my voice to forms the words I need to say. “Olivia, you have been my whole world since the day we met. I love you so much. The idea of any harm coming to you kills me, but Molly…she changes things.” I scrub my free hand through my hair. “Does that sound bad, that I’m agreeing to this in order to protect her? It’s still putting you at risk. Helping me could kill you, Olivia. How do I justify that?”

“You justify it because she’s you love her, Mason. She’s part of you now. That’s what family is all about, making the hard decisions and sacrificing what you love most in order to protect them,” Olivia says quietly.

Her love reaches out to me, wrapping me up and filling me with a warmth like I have never experienced. I have always known that Olivia was an amazing person, but I don’t think I realized until this moment just what a beautiful soul she really is. My breath hitches as tears begin rolling down my cheeks.

“You are what I love most, Ollie. You know that, right?” 

“You’re what I love most, too, Mason. You always will be.”



More about The Aerling Series
The Characters:

Invisible (The Aerling Series, #1)
http://amzn.to/1iF1YQ5

Olivia’s best friend is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And she’s pretty sure he’s not a hallucination. He’s just Mason.

He is, however, invisible.

When Olivia spotted the crying little boy on her front porch at five years old, she had no idea she was the only one who could see him. Twelve years later when new-girl Robin bumps into the both of them and introduces herself to Mason, they are both stunned.

Mason couldn’t be more pleased that someone else can see him. Olivia, on the other hand, isn’t jumping at the chance to welcome Robin into their circle. Jealousy may have something to do with
that, but honest fear that Robin’s presence will put Mason in danger is soon validated when a strange black car shows up outside Olivia’s house.

The race to find out what Robin knows in time to protect Mason from whatever threats are coming becomes Olivia’s only focus.

About the Author
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. Look for, Wicked Power, the next book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series, and Soul Stone, book two in the Escaping Fate Series, coming 2014.
Author Links 
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