Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Blast + Giveaway!: Killer's Instinct



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    Published by: Leap Books on November 27 2013Formats:Paperback, eBookGenres: Young Adult, ParanormalPages: 380

Synopsis:

Where there is NO life there s Hope Hope has always been a bit of a freak. But when her mother crawls from her grave and her undead corpse goes MIA, Hope s last thread of normal snaps with a vengeance. Enrolling in a militia-style school for monster hunters seems her best bet for tracking down Mommy-dearest and putting what s left of her mother to rest. But the stakes are raised when she s partnered with three unique male recruits each with their own personal demons to slay if they want to survive basic training. But does Hope have a true killer s instinct? If she finds her mother, will she have the guts to do what must be done to save her soul? In a place like Le Manoir, all bets are off. What could be creepier than hunting down your own zombie mommy?....A single page in, I was hooked. Jacqueline Mitchard, author of What We Lost in the Dark and The Deep End of the Ocean Killer s Instinct is going to knock other YA monster-battling books off the shelves. Gary Braver, bestselling and award-winning author of Tunnel Vision



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About the Authors


                



Dawn Dalton is the author of creepy young adult fiction. When she isn’t dodging monsters, you can find her at creepy crossroads with her husband and two hounds — you know, just skulking around. Dawn also writes adult thriller, romantic suspense ad contemporary young adult under the last name Ius. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard at D4EO Literary Agency.




Judith Graves has multiple young adult novels and short stories published with Leap Books,  Orca Book Publishers, Compass Press, and, under the pen name, Judith Tewes, is also published with Bloomsbury Spark. In addition, Judith is abscreenwriter and playwright, writes freelance articles for literary magazines, and facilitates writing workshops for both adults and young adults.





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Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Madness: JJ DiBenedetto (Author of Dreams Series)

Hello fellow book geeks. Monday Madness is basically about anything that is too much to handle. Or might contain too much information. SO if you are up for that, welcome.

Today I will be doing an author feature to the one and only author of the 'Dreams Series', JJ DiBenedetto.



Author Bio:


J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.
He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.
The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.





The 'Dreams' Series:



Dream Student (Dreams # 1)







Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace

Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook
Pages:  Kindle - 287 , Paperback - 286


Blurb:

What would you do if you could see other people’s dreams?  If you could watch their hidden fantasies and uncover their deepest, darkest secrets…without them ever knowing?
Sara Barnes is about to find out.  She thought that all she had to worry about was final exams, Christmas shopping and deciding whether she likes the cute freshman in the next dorm who’s got a crush on her.
But when she starts seeing dreams that aren’t hers, she learns more than she ever wanted to know about her friends, her classmates…and a strange, terrifying man whose dreams could get Sara killed.
“Dream Student” is the thrilling first installment of the Dreams series.

Excerpt:

I have to admit, it feels very strange to be drinking wine, like an actual adult, with my parents.  When I’m at school, obviously, I don’t have these thoughts.  I’m twenty one years old.  I’m in charge of my life, making real, important choices.  I’m working hard, making serious progress on as adult a goal as I can think of.  I’m in a real, serious relationship with a man I love.  Then of course there are the damned nightmares, and the fact that I’m still even close to being in one piece after several weeks of them qualifies me as a functioning grown-up for sure.
Still, something happens to me when I come home from school, even now, even though rationally I should know better.  It’s not that Mom and Dad do anything, really, to make me feel that way – it’s pretty much all in my head. 
I realize that partly it’s just the fact of sleeping in the same bed I’ve slept in since I was in kindergarten, and looking at the picture of Kermit the Frog that’s been on my wall since 1977 or so as I fall asleep.  Everywhere I look in my bedroom there’s a reminder of my childhood.  Especially the poor ratty, dog-chewed stuffed rabbit that’s sitting on my bed right now.  Good old Mister Pennington.
But right now, my father is looking at me very differently.  He’s been ever since lunch and I just now realized that’s why.  I guess he was right, when he said I’m slow on the uptake.  What it is, is he’s seeing me as really and truly an adult for the first time.  Well, if he thinks I am, I certainly ought to be able to believe it myself.
I get more proof when we get home.  Mom and Dad don’t know it, but I learned years ago, when the conditions are just right and the heating vents in their room and my room are both open but the heat isn’t actually blowing in either room, I can hear them quite clearly. 
What I hear tonight, as they’re getting ready for bed, is Dad telling Mom about his day with me.  Then he tells her that he’s thinking about putting off the big kitchen renovation they’ve been planning for the last year.  He wants to save the money for something much more important that he thinks might be coming a lot sooner than he expected.
My wedding.   
I don’t know what to say to that.
I’m willing to bet that Mom and I have exactly the same expression on our faces right now, and that we both just went precisely the same shade of white.  I don’t know how I keep from fainting at the shock of hearing those words. 
There’s only one reasonable thing to do then.  I jump out of bed and over to the thermostat, crank the heat as high as it will go and with the blast of hot air out of the vent, the voices of my parents are gone.  I lay back down on my bed, grab Mister Pennington to me in a death grip, and try to put my father’s crazy words out of my mind and fall asleep. 

***

Two hours later I’m still clutching Mister Pennington, and Lumpy is snoring at the foot of the bed.  I’m finally just now drifting off to sleep.  The last thing that goes through my mind before I’m out is that, maybe, my father’s crazy words might not be quite so crazy after all.




Dream Doctor (Dreams # 2)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook


Pages:  Kindle - 270 , Paperback - 270


Blurb:

“I didn’t expect to be woken up by someone I don’t know dreaming about killing somebody.  I thought I was done with that once and for all…”
But Sara’s not done with it.  As if adjusting to life as a newlywed and starting medical school weren’t difficult enough, she’s started seeing the dreams of everyone around her, again.  Before everything is said and done, those dreams might destroy Sara’s hopes of becoming a doctor, wreck her marriage and even end her life…


“Dream Doctor” is the thrilling second novel in the Dreams series.




Dream Child (Dreams # 3)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 278 , Paperback - 278


Blurb:

"I would give anything to take this away from her.  I would gladly go back to having the nightmares myself – the very worst ones, the ones that had me waking up screaming in a pool of my own vomit – rather than see Lizzie go through this..." 
As a resident at Children's Hospital, Sara can handle ninety hour workweeks, fighting to save her young patients from deadly childhood diseases.  But she's about to be faced with a challenge that all her training and experience haven't prepared her for: her four-year-old daughter has inherited her ability to see other people's dreams...
"Dream Child" is the suspenseful third novel in the "Dreams" series.



Dream Family (Dreams # 4)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 333 , Paperback - 332


Blurb:

"Why is this so hard for me?  Why am I having so much trouble?  Why do I feel so helpless, so hopeless?  What the hell is wrong with me?"
After tangling with murders and mobsters, not to mention medical school and three years of residency, Sara thought she could handle anything.  And then the police show up without warning at her new office and arrest her for a crime she can't possibly have committed.  Sara's confidence, and her grip on reality, is shattered during one terrifying night in jail.
Now, the very dreams that have endangered her life and driven her to the edge of madness may be the only thing that can help Sara find herself again...
"Dream Family" is the powerful fourth novel in the "Dreams" series.

Waking Dream (Dreams # 5)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 292 , Paperback - 292


Blurb:

“Oh, God! We can hurt each other. Whatever we do to each other in the dream, we’ll do it to ourselves for real…”

When her own dreams are visited by a mysterious woman in a red dress, Sara realizes she has something she never expected: a counterpart, someone outside her family who shares her talent to see other people’s dreams.

When the woman in red keeps showing up in other dreams as well, leaving ruined lives in her wake, Sara knows she has something she never imagined: a nemesis.

Now, Sara must track the woman in red down in the waking world, before she’s forced to fight for her life in her dreams…



Dream Reunion (Dreams # 6)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 254 , Paperback - 250


Blurb:

"I wish someone - my mother, my husband, anybody - would really let me have it, instead of telling me everything's not my fault when it obviously is..."

Sara's seen the cost of interfering in other people's dreams firsthand; it's measured in ruined lives and cemetery plots. When her supernatural dreams start up again, Sara is faced with problem after problem. And the only solution she can see is the one she's sworn never to attempt - changing the minds of the dreamers from the inside-out. Sara thought that fighting against serial killers, mobsters and crooked politicians was difficult, but she's about to come up against the most difficult foe she's ever faced: her own conscience. 

Dream Reunion is the emotional sixth book in the Dream Series.



Dream Home (Dreams # 7)



Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. and CreateSpace
Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages:  Kindle - 280 , Paperback - 278


Blurb:

“Oh, my God, I’m not even starting the job for four months! How can I have an enemy already?” 

Sara thought she had found the perfect job, the perfect new house and the perfect place to build a bright future for herself and her family. But her new life is not quite perfect. Her husband and her children are fitting right in, but before Sara even shows up for her first day of work, her coworkers are dreaming about getting rid of her. If that wasn’t bad enough, the one friend she’s made is dreaming nightly about a disaster that could wipe out the entire town…and Sara is beginning to think he might be right… 

Dream Home is the exciting seventh book in the Dream Series.


All the books are available at: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/starkllr

Check out its Facebook Page on: Dreams Series


I believe that there's this 8th book coming up, not sure with it though. I think it'll be called 'Dream Vacation.' I am really hoping you'd hear about it first, on Bittersweet Blogs.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cover Reveal : Angel Eyes by Mary Beth Lee

"As a teenager Sharlene chose to be a survivor. As a Guardian, she helps others make that choice."


I have recently posted a review about Dead Girl Walking by Mary Beth Lee. It is the first book in the Guardian trilogy. It was so so so great you can check this link if you haven't yet: Dead Girl Walking by Mary Beth Lee (Book Review + Interview)


The second book in the trilogy is up as well, being 'An Angel Earns Her Wings'. 


'The Guardian Trilogy' is basically about Sharlene Gallagher, a superstar gone missing. Rumors says she was murdered. And Addison proved it. Addison is a girl that can see ghosts. Before she only had to tell them to go to the light, but Sharlene's a bit different. She is an angel on a test.


I haven't read the second book but I would love too! But without further ado, here it is. The cover of the third book, "Angel Eyes."




Angel Eyes
by Mary Beth Lee

Expected Publication:
July 20

Genres:  Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery
Pages:  217




Le book blurb:


New Case, New Charge, New Choices. 
Sharlene Gallagher's new charge, Dagan Miller, knows about the sinister side of the world. Dagan’s little sister is missing. Sharlene doesn’t know if the disappearance is why she’s been assigned to protect Dagan. She does know she’ll be able to help Dagan one way or another. 
The last thing Sharlene expects to discover is another Guardian at her new school. Another Guardian who seems sketchy even though he’s totally gorgeous. 
But Sharlene knows all about gorgeous guys. Add Guardian to the mix, and she figures there’s a world of danger she never knew existed. A world that could get her killed. And while she might be dead already, dying as an angel would mean no more helping others and going to the light, so that’s out of the question. 
What’s not out of the question? Finding out who kidnapped Dagan Miller’s little sister and why Dagan’s life is at risk. What Sharlene doesn’t know is the second Guardian is only one of the dangers to her in town. Figuring out the others will be key to not only saving Dagan’s life but hers as well. 

Angel EyesA Sharlene Gallagher mystery, The Guardian Book 3 by Mary Beth Lee.




What I think about it ...

Really? Really? Okay, I never read the second book so I am not particularly sure if Addison's character is still in here. But duh, I needed her. I hope she was actually in the 2nd and 3rd book. But basing on the blurb, that's sorta impossible. One, because Sharlene's the main character and two, I think this is a completely different story. The only similarity is that Sharlene's still a ghost and she's still on a test I bet. I am really excited to be reading the second book and marathon-ing up to this last book! Mark your calendars! This book is a must-buy!







~Message to Readers~



Saturday, June 14, 2014

The 5SOS Den: Whom Shall I Date? - Result from 5SOS Quiz



Heyya guys. Another fangirling series that I came up with is 'The 5SOS Den'. Just Like the Directioner's Lair, this blog series will talk about the boys and the fandom. I would love to fangirl with you, yah know.


I came up with this idea of taking random 5SOS quizzes about whom you should date among the 4 boys and share it with you. :) You can even comment below which boy was for you!



Which Boy From 5SOS is Perfect For You?

Which do you like best on a guy?

  • Piercings
  • Tattoos
  • Skinny jeans
  • Dimples
My answer: Dimples

Which lyrics do you like the best out of these four?

  • "I dedicate this song to you, the one who never sees the truth."
  • "Even when we try to say goodbye, And you can cut the tension with a knife."
  • "Cause I never want to be that guy, who doesn't even get a taste."
  • Some words are hard to speak, When your thoughts are all I see. 'Don't ever leave' she says to me.
My answer: "I dedicate this song to you, the one who never sees the truth."


Which personality do you like the best out of these?

  • Shy at first, then once you start talking, You see heis an amazing guy who has a ig heart and the cutest laugh.
  • He is really sexy, But he tends to be awkward sometimes when you two are flirting. However, he has the perfect personality to make up for it.
  • He has nice hair, a sweet smile, and knows how to get you fall in love with him, fast. He is really funny and There's never a dull moment.
  • He can be nerdy sometimes, but it's the cute nerdy. Whenever you two talk, there's always a spark And you can never stop smiling at each other.
My answer: (this is a hard one, but probably) the third one. 


If you two went on vacation, where would you go?

  • Hawaii!
  • Music hall of fame
  • A rock concert festival
  • A shopping spree in New York City
My answer: a rock concert festival.


Which height is the perfect height for your dream guy?

  • 5'10
  • 6'1
  • 5'8
  • 6'0
My answer: (another hard one!) 5'10


What's your perfect idea of a first date?

  • Staying at home watching a scary movie And cuddling the whole time and Having popcorn fights.
  • Going to the beach and having a picnic. And when the breeze picks up, he gives you his jacket and wrap his arms around you.
  • Taking a walk through London, hand in hand, showing off Your perfect relationship to the public.
  • Going to a sports game and being caught on the kiss cam.You two have never kissed before, So he makes this kiss memorable and puts his arms around your waist and Kisses you for longer than the big screen will show.
My answer: Second one. ^___^


What's his nickname for you?

  • Beautiful
  • Babe
  • Princess
  • Love
My answer: love. ^___^


How long will it take for him to propose to you?

  • 1 year 
  • 6 years
  • 8 months
  • 3 and a half years
My answer: 3 and a half. ^___^


Result:



You got LUKEYPOO HEMMINGS!
Luke is probably one of the hottest and sweetest guys you'll ever meet. he has a perfect smile, yet sometimes it doesn't show because of all the hate. he is strong but sometimes the hate gets to him. since you and luke are compatible, you have to overcome that hate with your love for him. have fun with him
xoxo



I seriously cannot believe that I got Luke in here. Fate? Destiny? Oh well, he's my favorite 5SOS member so I won't argue with that. x