Friday, March 27, 2015

Orenda Book Blitz & Giveaway!

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Today I have an awesome book to share with you guys as part of the Orenda Book Blitz!

Book Info:
Orenda by Ruth Silver 
(Orenda #1) 
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: December 5th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Join forces with a parallel universe.
Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages.



Purchase (FREE on Amazon and iTunes right now):

--iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/orenda/id949109639?mt=11 

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Here's a list of things that Ruth Silver learned since she started writing! It's very helpful!


Ten things I’ve learned since I started writing

1. Build an author platform
2. Social media is key.
3. Read books daily (especially your genre or target market)
4. Write reviews for other books. Understand what you like and don’t as a writer.
5. Build a website or better yet a book blog
6. Create a Street Team. Recruit your fans
7. Attend author events
8. Don’t listen to every bit of advice you receive. Write for you. Otherwise you’ll make no one happy.
9.  Keep a notebook handy near my bedside. As I’m tired and start to fall asleep, sometimes I get worthwhile ideas for where to take the next chapter. By morning I’ll forget it if I hadn’t written it down.
10. People will inevitably forget to tell you that they saw you dedicated the book to them.
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Author Bio:
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Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.
She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.
Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.


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Book Review: Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons

21893566Title: Dating Down
Author: Stefanie Lyons
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: April 8, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

When a good girl falls for a bad boy
She thought she loved him. She thought she could change him. She thought if she just believed in him enough, his cheating and his drugs and his lying would stop, and she'd be his and he'd be hers and they'd love each other forever.
But for Samantha Henderson, X-the boy she will not name-is trouble. He's older, edgier, bohemian... and when he starts paying attention to Sam, she can't resist him. Samantha's family and friends try to warn her, but she still stays with him, risking her future and everything that really matters.
In Dating Down, we follow Sam, who lives with her father, stepmom, and stepsister. Her mother died of sickness a while ago, so she feels like her father tried to replace her automatically by marrying Jane who already had a kid named Melanie. Her father is running for senator this year so he's trying to constantly make sure that the family upholds its reputation.

One day, Sam meets X at a coffee shop that he works at. They fall for each other and start doing everything together, even though Sam's two best friends, Gavin and April, begin to not really approve of him. The thing is, X does drugs though he always denies that he does. He's also always with other girls though he claims that it's just nothing. Is it really nothing though?

This book was darker than I thought it would be, especially with all the drugs. I felt so bad for Sam, because she deserved so much more than X was giving her. Their relationship was toxic at times and I think it was filled with many lies. Luckily, she had her friends to help her through. I loved the friendship between Sam, Gavin, and April, though April was a bit boy crazy over her on-again off-again boyfriend Ralph. Nonetheless, she was always there for Sam.

Sam's home life wasn't the best, because she felt that her father was hiding from his past and just trying to forget about it because he met Jane. He just focused so much on his career when he should've focused a bit more on his home life and maybe spent a bit more time with Sam. It was a bit sad at times, really.

Stefanie Lyons's writing style was so lyrical and beautiful. Sometimes I even went back and reread sections because of how great it was. It was just so smooth and melodic. This was also my first book that was written poetically, and I enjoyed it so much. This was definitely a very interesting read and I'd suggest picking it up if you're looking for a quick, darker contemporary.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Secret of the Sevens Cover Reveal!


Secret of the Sevens

by Lynn Lindquist

Release Date: 06/2015

Flux Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Everyone at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged kids, knows the urban legend of
the Society of Seven. Decades ago, the original members of the secret guild for elite students
murdered the school's founder and then perished in the fire they lit to hide the evidence. Or so
the story goes.
Talan Michaels doesn't care about Singer's past. He's too focused on his future and the fact that
he'll be homeless after he graduates in May. To take his mind off it, he accepts a mysterious
invitation to join a group calling itself the Sevens. He expects pranks, parties, and perks. Instead,
he finds himself neck-deep in a conspiracy involving secret passages and cryptic riddles about
the school's history. Even worse, he's now tangled in web of lies someone will kill to keep hidden.


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About the Author

Lynn Lindquist lives in a suburb of Chicago with two overly-social sons and a mutt named Slugger who wisely hides under the bed most days. The hordes of teenagers that regularly frequent her house (think Panama City Beach during spring break) provide fodder for her young adult novels and growing anxiety disorder. Ever since her sons broke the Guinness Record for Largest-Rager-Thrown-While-a-Parent-Was-Out-for-the-Night, she enjoys spending her free time at home entertaining friends, cooking, reading, and writing. Thankfully, her favorite things
in life are her sons, words, and kids, so she wouldn’t have it any other way. She is represented by Katherine Boyle at Veritas Literary Agency.

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