Samstag, 30. März 2013

Promo Blitz: Reaper's Novice by Cecilia Robert



Title: Reaper's Novice (Soul Collector #1)
Author: Cecilia Roberts        
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours

FREE MARCH 30TH & 31ST!!!




Book Description:
17- year- old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a family-bonding trip from Vienna to Tuscany. Except fate has other plans. Ana’s parents and siblings are killed in a car accident on their way to pick Ana up from school.

Enter Grim, aka Ernest. He promises to relinquish the four souls if Ana agrees to trade her soul for theirs and serve a lifetime as his novice. In order for Ana to graduate from her Reaper’s Novice station to a Soul Collector graduate, Grim puts her to test. To her horror, she finds out becoming a Reaper’s Novice didn’t happen by chance. It was preordained, and she is forced to make a choice: save her family’s souls or come to terms with who she really is and complete the task set for her.
Author Bio:
Cecilia Robert lives in Vienna with her two children, has an incurable obsession with books, anything romantic, TV and medieval architecture. When not working in her full time job, catching up with her two children, writing or reading, she can be found, knitting or crocheting, taking photos of old buildings.

Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Reapers-Novice-Soul-Collector-ebook/dp/B00AYPCP9K/ref=la_B005X9UR74_1_1_title_0_main?ie=UTF8&qid=1363650968&sr=1-1


Links:
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5263768
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CeciliaRobertBooks?ref=ts&fref=ts
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cecilia-Robert/e/B005X9UR74/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1363650960&sr=8-1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CeCeMR


Excerpt:
 

I pull Zig inside the Hotel Sacher Confectionery shop, famous for its traditional Sacher torte. Immediately, I’m blasted by the sight of dark chocolate cake and the scent of freshly brewed Viennese coffee, which reminds me of Sunday morning brunch at my house. My stomach grumbles mercilessly.
“Feed that beast in there before it devours us all.” Zig jabs a finger at my belly.
I laugh, and go back to ogling the cakes behind the glass display, picturing Anton smiling and gulping down the dark chocolate cake, apricot jam smeared on his lips. I dig out my savings, hand them to the lady behind the counter, and point at the smallest of the Sacher tortes. A few minutes later, Zig and I exit the shop and join the stream of pedestrians, strolling in and out of shops with bags in hand.
At the corner of Kärntner Strasse and Opernring, we stop to wait for the lights to change. A tram zips by. My gaze automatically drifts to the Vienna State Opera House. This is where magic happens.
When I was thirteen, our class visited the Opera House on an excursion. I remember walking through arched doorways and carpeted hallways, promising myself over and over that one day, this will be my dream.
Funny how life changes, twisting and turning dreams inside out, wringing them dry.
My stomach twists at the memory. I need to get out of here. Fast. I blink quickly, averting my gaze from Zig. Him seeing my face right now is the last thing I want.
“So what do you say?” he asks, oblivious to my current state. The light changes, and we join the crowd of people crossing the street. “Join me?” I give him a sidelong glance. “Do you trust me?” he asks when I don’t answer his questions.
“Would a deer trust a leopard to a cuddle?” I say, eyebrows raised.
He narrows his eyes. “Which one am I? The leopard or the deer?”
“Do you trust me?”
He doesn’t miss a beat. “Completely.”
I miss two beats. “Why? You hardly know me.”
“I just do. Come on, an hour of pure fun won’t kill you.”
I sigh. “Maybe later.” His shoulders sag. “Would you like to join me?”
His eyes light up, giving him a boyish look. “Never thought you’d ask.” He takes my hand. In the next step, we shift to the hospital.
“You’re reckless, you know that?” I say, placing a hand on the door of room 112. “Don’t you care that people notice when you disappear right before their eyes?”
“They’ll have something to talk about.”
I shake my head. “You could at least let me practise my shifting skills.”
“Next time.”
“Be good.”
“Aren’t I always?” He grins.
“Do you even know the meaning of that word?”
He winks. “You’d be surprised.”
I roll my eyes and walk inside the room. “

Sonntag, 24. März 2013

Gewinnspiel auf/von Book Crazy: Giveaway: From Me to You!

Book Crazy: Giveaway: From Me to You!: Hey guys! So I thought that I would do something nice for you and organise a massive giveaway for you! This giveaway is to say thank you for...

Samstag, 23. März 2013

Cover-Rerelease: Autumn Storm by Lizzy Ford

Autumn Storm_coverThis week, Lizzy Ford is revealing the new cover for "Autumn Storm" (#2, Witchling Series). The series was picked up by Evatopia - a small press and books-to-TV manager specializing in teen and women's fiction - in February. The first book in the series, "Dark Summer," re-released March 1 and is available from Amazon, Amazon UK and Barnes and Noble. "Autumn Storm" has received a facelift and revision that includes integrating the novelette, "Autumn Dawn." "Autumn Storm" will be launched on April 5. Lizzy anticipates releasing the highly anticipated third book in the series, "Winter Fire," in mid-May.

Autumn Storm

A girl with no memory, hidden in plain sight. A boy with no hope, freefalling into Darkness. teambeck_2013_largeAutumn doesn’t know why she remembers a boarding school she’s never visited, or why her reflection isn’t always … hers. There’s another girl in the mirror, a dark-haired ghost that emerges one night to guide her to a cliff near the school. Only Autumn can’t remember what happened there and why it’s so important. Beck’s gentle touch soothes her distress while Decker’s every look sets her body on fire. Caught between the twins, she struggles to understand her instincts and magick while working through the pain caused by a mysterious car accident that left her disabled, barely able to walk. Unable to recover from Summer’s death, Decker slowly surrenders to the Dark. He can’t team decker_2013_largelive with the pain, and those around him keep Autumn’s secret too well. The guilt he feels when he falls for her – and betrays Summer’s memory – drives him farther from the Light, until he loses control and begins taking the souls of Light witchlings. As the protector of Light, Beck must choose between confronting his twin and watching more witchlings suffer. Decker realizes Beck has come between more than him and the witchlings. With neither of them willing to let Autumn go, they turn on each other. Only one of them knows the truth. Only one of them will walk away, unless Autumn can find a way to save them both.

About Lizzy

Lizzy Ford is the author of over seventeen novels written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat. Connect with Lizzy! Website, Lizzy Ford Books on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, Amazon author page

Xander's Chance by Lizzy Ford

On March 22, Lizzy Ford announced the release of "Xander's Chance" (#1, Damian Eternal), a vampire paranormal romance and the first in a spinoff series from the wildly popular War of Gods series. "Xander's Chance" is available from Amazon, Amazon UK, Smashwords and will soon be available from Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes. You can find Xander on Goodreads, too!

Xander's Chance

Xander's Chance ebooklg The most powerful vampire on the planet meets his match in Jessi, a woman immune to his magick - and his charm. As the single-most powerful vampire on the planet, Xander is the ultimate bored predator with too much time on his hands. He manipulates the minds of immortals for fun and bullies around the Gods, while guarding the secret source of his power, a crystal that can wipe out the planet. But beneath the surface, he’s a shrewd creature who learned the brutal lesson of why there must be a balance between good and evil. An unwilling protector of the playthings known as humans, he knows when and where to use his power – and never to let anyone close enough to betray him. It’s easy to do, since he has the power to read the minds of everyone around him. Except for one: Jessi, an innocent looking woman with an unusual talent who shows up unexpectedly in his life. Her sudden appearance is too convenient to be coincidence or chance. Xander determines quickly that she was sent by someone, but he can’t read her mind to discover why. Jessi’s secret – and Xander’s – have the power to forever change the human world. Intrigued by a new sort of challenge, Xander won’t know how much danger he’s in, until he’s placed his fate in the hands of a woman whose betrayal will cost either his heart or his life.

About Lizzy

Lizzy Ford is the author of over seventeen novels written for young adult and adult Xander'sChance-button paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat. Connect with Lizzy! Website, Lizzy Ford Books on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, Amazon author page

Montag, 18. März 2013

Rezi #45 ~ Blogtourstop: Freak of Nature by Julia Crane



Von mir endlich mal wieder etwas anderes!! ♥
Ich bin so froh, dass ich bei dieser Blogtour mitmachen darf/durfte, wie auch immer^^, und dass ich dieses Buch, da im Folgenden vorgestellt wird, im Austausch für eine Rezi lesen durfte! :D
Viel Spaß damit. :-* (Wieder ein extrem langer Post, ich hoffe ihr kämpft euch durch ;D)

Liebste Grüße, Marie. ♥

 P.S.: For the English peeps.... scroll a bit down, lovelies. :*


Freak of Nature
By: Julia Crane




Freak of Nature Description
Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

*For mature teens due to some sexual content.


Meine Rezi:

Deutsch
Inhalt - Zum Inhalt selbst werde ich nichts sagen, denn dann würde ich ja alles verraten, haha. Die Idee aber, zu der kann ich was sagen: ich liebe die Idee von Cyborgs usw und, dass aus der jungen Kaitlyn ein Cyborg wurde und wieso sie einer wurde und was danach so alles mit ihr passiert ist, ist unheimlich interessant! ♥ (Lest selbeeer!! muhui :'D)

Lieblingszitat   
"At least her mind and mouth were cooperating; that wasn't always the case in the presence of Lucas. Her hands were clammy with sweat, and her stomach felt funny. She wondered if that was what Quess meant by butterflies dancing in her stomach." (Zumindest ihre Gedanken und ihr Mund arbeiteten zusammen; das war nicht immer der Fall, wenn Lucas in der Nähe war. Ihre Hände waren schwitzig und ihr Bauch fühlte sich lustig an. Sie fragte sich, ob Quess das meinte mit Schmetterlinge tanzen in ihrem Bauch.)

Charaktere: Kaitlyn - ach ich mag sie! ♥ Trotzdessen, dass sie ein halber Cyborg ist und ihr eigentlich alle Gefühle und Emotionen durch die Professoren und anderen Arbeiter genommen wurden, die einen Menschen so ausmachen, hat sie doch noch viel Charakter und verliert diesen auch nicht. Im Gegenteil, sie wird stärker und auch ihre Emotionen/Empfindungen prägen sich wieder mehr aus und.. ach jaaa.. <3
Quess - ehrlich? Ich dachte zu Anfang sie sein ein Junge.. x'D bis dann das erste "she" oder "her" kam und ich mitbekommen hab, dass Quess ein 14-jähriges Mädel ist... haha oh man.. xD Aber sie ist sooo sympathisch und ich mag sie sehr. *o*
Lucas - ..... hrrr... Ich liebe Streber mit Muskeln.. hahahaha x'DDD Intelligenzbestie und trainiert... was will man mehr? hihi Nein ich mag auch ihn wirklich sehr. ♥ (Mein offizieller Julia Crane Books Boyfriend! (nur damit er mir nicht weggeschnappt wird haha))
Besonders erwähnenswert finde ich Mrs. Adams - herrje ist die Frau süß! <3 Sooo putzig. hihi

Schreibstil - puhh... also ich muss ganz ehrlich sagen es war schon ein bisschen kompliziert das Buch zu lesen, weil wahnsinnig viele Worte vorkamen, die ich einfach nicht kannte und ich wollte auch nicht in fast jedem Satz, mehr als ein Wort im Wörterbuch nachschlagen... *seuftz*... irgendwann hab ich mich reingefitzt und es ging, aber die ersten 30 Seiten oder so, waren echt haarig... ging mir bei noch keinem englischsprachigen Buch so (okaaayyy so viele hab ich noch nicht gelesen, aber trotzdem^^). Für Englischeinsteiger auf jedenfall nicht zu empfehlen - vom Thema her schon, aber die Sprache machts einem echt nicht einfach (jedenfalls, wenn man nicht gerade Muttersprachler ist).

Fazit - ich hab das Buch sehr gerne gelesen und finde es schön, mal wieder bei einer Blogtour dabei (gewesen) zu sein. Das Buch bekommt von mir 4 von 5 Sternen! Die Idee und die Umsetzung finde ich gut und ich hab mich gut unterhalten gefühlt. ich hab gelacht, geschmunzelt, mitgefiebert usw. Doch einen Stern muss ich abziehen, weil wirklich viele, viele, viele, ~ Worte vorkamen, die ich einfach hätte nachschauen müssen und das wäre mir zu aufwendig gewesen.
Für Englischeinsteiger empfehle ich das Buch eher weniger (auch wenn der Inhalt vllt gefallen könnte). Für Muttersprachler ist das Buch vom Englischen her mit Sicherheit kein Problem und da bin ich mir sicher, wird auch der Inhalt super sein (jedenfalls, wenn man auf Cyborgs und ein bisschen Romanze steht ♥).


English

Content - About the content itself I won't say anything, because I don't want to reveal something before you read it, haha. But, about the idea I can say something: I LOVE the idea of cyborgs and so on and that Kaitlyn becomes a cyborg and how her way is - it is damn interesting! ♥ (Read it by yourseeeeelf!!! :'D)

Favourite quote 
"At least her mind and mouth were cooperating; that wasn't always the case in the presence of Lucas. Her hands were clammy with sweat, and her stomach felt funny. She wondered if that was what Quess meant by butterflies dancing in her stomach."  (chapter 6)

Characters: Kaitlyn - *sigh* I like her! ♥ In despite of the fact, that she is half cyborg half human, and actually all of her emotions and feelings were "deleted", she has such a great character and she's such a good being. ♥
Quess - honestly? At first I thought she's a boy.. x'D Till there were the first "she" and "her" in the text about Quess... xDD Gosh, but she's so sympathic and I like her so much! *o*
Lucas - .... raawwrrr... I love nerds with muscles... hahahaha x'DDD Braniac and trained... what could I want more? *giggle* No, I love him too! ♥ (To make it officially... he's my (MY!!) JCBBF (Julia Crane's Books Boy Friend).. so take care of you ladies... x'D hahaha (I'm serious.. xD even if I'm laughing.. haha))
Aaaand especially I have to say something about Mrs. Adams: gosh is she cute, isn't she?! Such a lovely woman. ♥

Style of writing - *doublesigh*... If I'm honest it was a bit complicated for me to read the book, 'cause there were sooo many words in the text, I just haven't understood! (And I had no motivation to look up everything I don't understand, you know?!) After the first 30 pages or so it was okay and I were in it, but till that it was pretty difficult. (For peeps who don't speak English as their mothertongue and/or who don't speak English almost fluently it could be pretty difficult to read and understand.
Conclusion - I really liked it to read the book (and I'm thankful to be a part of this tour ♥). I felt entertained by the idea and the content. I laughed, I giggled (okay I do that all the time, but that's not the theme... xDDD), I felt with the characters and so on and so forth. "Freak of Nature" gets 4 of 5 stars from me!!! :D (I have to withdraw one star, cause of all the complicated words I haven't understood... it was really hard to find in it. But 4 stars are also wonderful and I really loved it to read, thanks for writing @ Julia btw. :-*
 
 

Freak of Nature Links
Freak of Nature Purchase Links
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Freak-of-Nature-ebook/dp/B00AZOS2PG
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/freak-of-nature-julia-crane/1114110338?ean=2940016079455
KOBO: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Freak-of-Nature/book-bN8eJfKhmUWO6EKBycG-WQ/page1.html?s=NPQgBHJ_lEOo_cGAnOnrlg&r=1
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/freak-of-nature/id592800440?mt=11




Julia Crane Bio
Julia Crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.




Julia Crane “Stalker Links”
Website: http://www.juliacraneauthor.com/
Blog: http://juliacraneauthor.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @juliacrane2 (https://twitter.com/JuliaCrane2 )
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/juliacrane/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliacraneauthor




Interview mit Julia selbst

Q)    As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? (Was wolltest du als Kind werden, wenn du groß bist?)

A)  Everything! Most of my career ideas I got from books—of course. One week I was going to be a private detective, the next a spy, psychologist, FBI agent, zoo keeper, and author to name a few. (Alles! Die meisten Berufsideen hatte ich aus Büchern - natürlich. Die eine Woche wollte ich Privat Detectiv werden, die nächste Spiom, Psychologe, FBI Agent, Zoowärter und Autor, um ein paar zu nennen.)


Q)    What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? (Was würdest du meinen hast du für einen Spleen, wenn es ums Schreiben geht?)
 A)  I walk around my house in circles when I get stuck. Usually my three year old is following me around giggling. (Ich laufe im Kreis um mein Haus, wenn ich feststecke. Normalerweise folgt mir dabei mein drei jähriges Kind und kichert dabei.)


Q)Tell me the first word that comes to mind when you think of the following;

            Angel: Guardian
            Romance: Complicated
            Love: Life
            Vampire: Twilight
            Swoon: Thor
            Reading: Escape
            Chocolate: Yum
            Coffee: Lifeline
            Dress: Casual



AND FOR SURE A GIVEAWAY AT THE END!!! (Like almost always... muhahaha) :D
And what can you win?.... MAAAH... I know it I know it!!.... Do you want to know??
Okay, then I'll show you what you can get (And remember... today is the last blog tour day!!! this rafflecopter won't last that long.. :D Participate as long as you can! :'D)


$50 Gift Card of your choice! Choose between Noon, Kindle, or Kobo!

Signed Copy of “Freak of Nature”

Freak of Nature Book Charm 

Freak of Nature Note Card (Front and Back)

Freak of Nature Magnet

Freak of Nature Bookmark
 
 
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