Sunday, June 30, 2013

Free! The Moon Dwellers by David Estes Birthday Bash


Today, The Moon Dwellers by David Estes turns 1 year old! It was 1 year ago today (June 30th) that David Estes first published the first book in his first ever YA dystopian series, The Dwellers Saga, and changed his life forever. Since then, The Moon Dwellers has outsold and drawn more hype than any other of his 13 published books, and has risen to the top 10 of many YA dystopian lists on Listopia, finding a place amongst bestselling books such as The Hunger Games, Delirium and Divergent. The birth of The Moon Dwellers also changed David’s life forever. As he’s gone from struggling Indie author to fulltime writer, he’s watched in amazement as his Goodreads fan group has swelled from 300 members to over 1,300. Since writing The Moon Dwellers, David has gone on to write and publish two sequels, The Star Dwellers and The Sun Dwellers, as well as three books in a sister series, The Country Saga (Fire Country, Ice Country, and Water & Storm Country). He plans to release the 7th and final book, The Earth Dwellers, in the combined series on September 5th later this year.

So what did David Estes want to do to celebrate The Moon Dwellers book birthday? His answer: “Give away as many free ebooks of The Moon Dwellers as possible!” So if you’re like so many others who are obsessed with YA dystopian novels like The Hunger Games, Delirium, and Divergent, and haven’t yet read the growing phenomenon that is The Moon Dwellers, now’s your chance to do so FOR FREE.

You can grab your free ebook of The Moon Dwellers from Smashwords.com using the coupon code below. And please feel free to share with your family and friends and pets, the more ebooks are given away the happier David will be. The only thing David asks for in return is that if you enjoy the read and continue on with the series, to please leave a positive review on Amazon.com for each of his books that you read.


Where you can find The Moon Dwellers: SMASHWORDS

Coupon Code: AQ92E

Please note, this code expires on July 31, 2013


a Rafflecopter giveaway
And for those of you planning on reading The Dwellers and/or The Country Saga, here’s a special note from the author, David Estes:

The Earth Dwellers will cap off an eighteen month journey that has taken me from unknown Indie author to still-mostly-unknown fulltime Indie author. The change is a subtle one for most people, but for me it’s a dream come true. To the hundreds (and now maybe even thousands!) of readers who have come along for the ride with me, either by reading the Dwellers Saga, the Country Saga, or both, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now down to business. There may be some of you who have only read the three books in the Country Saga or only the three books in the Dwellers Saga, and are now thinking you’ll read The Earth Dwellers, which is supposedly the 4th book in BOTH the Country Saga and the Dwellers Saga. Well, that’s awesome! However, I must highly recommend that before reading The Earth Dwellers that you read the three books in BOTH series. Trust me, doing so will greatly enhance your experience, as The Earth Dwellers will be taking significant characters from both series and crashing them together (yes, like a water country wave) into an action-packed tale of struggle and loss and hope and friendship…and maybe a little love, too.
Anyway, that’s my advice, it’s up to you what to do with it. In any case, thanks for being a part of my own adventure, I’m a better person for having written stories for you!

Recommended Reading prior to The Earth Dwellers

Other YA Books by David Estes!
The Evolution Trilogy:

Children’s Books by David Estes
The Nikki Powergloves Adventures:
Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws (Coming soon!)
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife and soul mate, Adele, who he’s now been happily married to for more than two years.

A reader all his life, David began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and has completed 13 novels, 11 of which have been published.  In June of 2012, David became a fulltime writer and is now travelling the world with his wife while he writes books, and she writes and takes photographs.

David gleans inspiration from all sorts of crazy places, like watching random people do entertaining things, dreams (which he jots copious notes about immediately after waking up), and even from thin air sometimes! Recently he’s been inspired by some of his favorite authors, like Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Maggie Stiefvater.

David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, an obsessive Goodreads group member, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.  He loves responding to e-mails, Facebook messages, Tweets, blog comments, and Goodreads comments from his readers, all of whom he considers to be his friends.

Where you can find David Estes hanging out: 
David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

Title: The Lives of Tao
Author: Wesley Chu
Published: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0857663291
Purchase:
AMAZON
BARNES AND NOBLE
BOOK DEPOSITORY

Synopsis:

When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

REVIEW

The Lives of Tao was an interesting yet frustrating read for me. The story revolves around Roen and Tao. Roen is a regular guy working a dead end job he hates with no life. Enter Tao, an alien known as a Quasing, and things get crazy pretty quick. Soon, Roen is being chased and even shot at, all the while trying to come to terms with the fact there is a freaking alien in his head. The race of aliens crash landed on Earth before the dawn of man. They eventually fight until there are two sides. Anyways, the Quasing (good guys) are at war with the Genjix (bad guys).

So, why was this frustrating? For some reason, this book was extremely hard for me to get in to reading. The writing was done very well, but the way that Tao and Roen spoke back and forth inside his head was confusing at first. And eventually, I got to where I would just skip the Tao History lesson at the beginning of every chapter. Mainly, because I just didn't care. I liked the characters of Roen and Sonya. Their part of the story was entertaining to a point. There was just something about this book that was lacking for me. It wasn't horrible or anything, it just never really pulled me in.

3 stars for The Lives of Tao.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Blogger Hop #2: Book Hype


Hello all!
Welcome to this really cool meme,
The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by

This is all you do:
1. Post your answer to the weekly question
2. Add your link at Coffee Addicted Writer
3. Check out the other blogs on the hop!


Q: So, would you read a book because of the hype?

A: Hmmm. Probably. I refused to read The Hunger Games for the longest
because it was so hyped up. When I finally read it, I was like, well ok.
Now, I understand the hype! I'm still careful about what books I jump into,
but the hype doesn't turn me off like it used to. Sometimes,
you find really great books that way!

Oh yeah, I didn't get into Harry Potter until 
I picked up a copy of Deathly Hallows on sale.
It was the first Harry Potter book I read. LOL.
I went back and bought the rest and started
from the beginning and worked all the way back through.
It was awesome!
Be sure to check out the other blogs on the hop!








Think Out Loud #50: Romantic Comedy

Hello all!
Sorry I'm a day late posting. =(
I have had an insanely busy week.
It is taking everything I have not to crawl
back into bed right now. LOL


This is so sad but true for me!
LoL.

Now, show me yours!
What is your Think Out Loud!?!







Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Switch by Janelle Stalder


Welcome all!
I am so glad to help reveal the cover of
by Janelle Stalder!

 Cover Reveal: June 27th, 2013
Book Release Date: August 27th, 2013
All’s fair in love and war.
Two thirds of the world's population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?
Author Contact Info:
Twitter: @jmstalder


Isn't this cover just amazing!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays #15: The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts

Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays,
a great meme hosted by Miz B

This weeks Teaser is from a book that will
be released in July. It is called

Sophie has always felt out of step—an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.


"I was thinking to myself, Shut up... Shut up... 
You're making a fool of yourself. 
If you walk away right now, 
he won't realize you're stupid."


So, what is your Teaser!
Leave me a comment and let me know!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Book Blogger Hop #1: Writing Reviews


Hello all!
Today I am trying a new meme I just happened to stumble across!
The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by

Here is what you do...
1. Post answering the question of the week.
2. Enter your name and post link in the Linky list
3. Check out the other blogs on the hop!

Here we go!

Q: When you write your reviews, do you write
them will reading or wait until you 
are completely done with the book?

A: I am the worst procrastinator, so always after I read the book.
Sometimes, I wait too long even and have to go back to skim the book again. 
That's why I love my Kindle. It lets me highlight what I think
are the most important parts.
So, I wait until I'm done with the book.
I might try doing it while I'm reading it and
see if that helps to get them done on time! LOL







Thursday, June 20, 2013

Think Out Loud #49: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Hello all!
Welcome to Think Out Loud! 
Official stuff - HERE

I am soooo excited!
Neil Gaiman has a new book out!!
He is one of my fave authors ever.
My SIGNED copy should be in today!
YAY!!
It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.








Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays #14: Altered by Jennifer Rush

Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays!
It is a great meme hosted by Miz B

Just grab a couple of sentences from your current read 
and share them... try to avoid spoilers though!
These week is a peek into 


When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

Dad asked for my help in the lab eight months earlier, so I 
could go downstairs anytime I wanted now.
But seeing the boys with permission wasn't the same - 
wasn't as thrilling - as sneaking down there in the dark. 

There you go!
What is your Teaser?
Leave me a comment 
and I will check it out!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Title: Mind Games (Mind Games #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Published: Feb 19, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062135317
Format: Hardcover; 237pgs
Source: Library

Synopsis:

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

REVIEW:

The main characters are two sisters, Annie and Fia. Annie can see the future, but is blind. Fia has perfect instincts and is so good at going with the moment that it sometimes makes it impossible for psychics to predict what she will do next. This even applies to Annie.

Both sisters feel like they have to protect the other one with their life. This is what the story really revolves around. The relationship between Annie and Fia moves the story along. Both feel trapped and hopeless in their current situation, stuck under the watchful eye of their captors. Their desperation is palpable.

This was a very quick read that I really enjoyed. It felt a bit dark but was just so captivating I couldn't put it down. The ending was a total surprise. That was the best thing about this read. Mind Games was just an unpredictable as Fia and kept me on my toes. I LOVE that in a book.

White's writing was different than what I am used to reading. For one, the timeline jumped around a lot. This didn't bother me much, as the information was always pertinent. It was just disorienting at times.

Overall, if you have the time and enjoy a psychological thriller, you should check out Mind Games.

I can't wait to read the second in the trilogy!

4 stars to Mind Games.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Free! Never Too Far by Thomas Christopher





FROM JUNE 13th to 15th find this amazing book FREE on Amazon!

NEVER TOO FAR 
by Thomas Christopher

Quick Facts                                        
                       
Release Date: May 10, 2012                                       


Genre: Science Fiction/ Adventure/ Dystopian                                                  
Formats: Kindle, Paperback.                                                                 





Book Synopsis

A harrowing story of love and survival. In a future of scarce resources, where the possession of gas and diesel is punishable by death, a teenage boy and a pregnant girl must save their impoverished family. They risk their lives on a terrifying journey to sell stolen fuel on the black market.






** No sex, very little bad language, some violent scenes**

Excerpt:
Mary surprised Joe by knocking his arms away. She was stronger than she looked. Then she swept her legs off the bed and sprang to her feet. She took two steps and turned to face him as if to prove there was nothing wrong with her. But there was definitely something wrong. She wavered a moment. Her already white face turned ghostly. Her eyelids trembled. She seemed to realize she was becoming faint, and what that meant.
“I’m fine,” she said. “You don’t have to go.”
Joe got ready to catch her in case she fell, but somehow she held herself steady.
“It’s okay,” Joe said. “Just sit down. I will go find some food.”
Joe inched toward her. He was afraid to grab her again because she might try to wrench free once more and really fall. When she coughed, her little shoulders jerked and her round stomach jumped. Her head was drooped low and her hair hung down so he couldn’t see her face at all.
“Come on, lay down,” Joe said.
She didn’t move. Joe stepped toward her, but before he could put his arms around her, she tilted forward and rested the crown of her head against his chest. He slid his arms along the sides of her hard belly and around her waist. Then he shifted her toward the bed again. She moved like a bundle of empty sacks in his arms. He set her gently on the bed before he bent down to lift her feet onto the sheets.
After he sat in the chair, Mary asked him, “What if you don’t come back?”
“That’s not going to happen,” Joe said.
“How do you know?”
“I just know. You have to trust me.”



The Author

Thomas Christopher grew up in Iowa. He received his MFA from Western Michigan University. His short stories have appeared in The Louisville Review, The MacGuffin, Redivider, and Cooweescoowee. He was also awarded an Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant and was a finalist for the Matthew Clark Prize in Fiction. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and son.
Learn more about him here: http://thomaschristopher.weebly.com/

Also find him on:

DOWNLOAD THE BOOK HERE.

Think Out Loud #48: The Bed Song


Oh no y'all!
I thought I was a good girl this week 
and posted this on time, but noooo.
I had it saved as a draft!
What a loser, right?!
So anyways, on with the show!
This week on Think Out Loud,
official stuff HERE!

So, if you follow this blog, you know I am a 
HUGE fan of Amanda Palmer.
She is an amazing musical artist that I adore.
Here is her video for 

THE BED SONG...

So sad, so sweet, so true.


Tell me what's on your mind!





Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WWW Wed #18: Altered by Jennifer Rush

Hello all.
Welcome to WWW Wednesdays,
a weekly meme hosted by MizB at

Just answer 3 questions!
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What are you going to read next?

Here we go!
What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished an AMAZING book...
CLICK TITLE FOR MY REVIEW!
by David Estes
Everyone who loves dystopian YA at it's best should read both
and
by 
David Estes.
Huck Jones, the son of the admiral of the Soaker fleet, has a legacy to live up to. Haunted by the distorted memories of his mother's untimely death, he must face his demons and the man who raised him as he strives to take the courageous step forward into manhood. When he's transferred to the worst-performing ship in the fleet, everything he believes is called into question when he meets a lowly brown-skinned bilge rat girl. Huck walks a deadly rope...

Meanwhile, Sadie, destined to be a Rider in the Stormer army, seeks to avenge her brother's death at the hands of the Soakers. Trained hard by her mother, an experienced Rider, Sadie knows strength and determination more than most. Her father, a Man of Wisdom, has shown his cowardice more times than she can count. As her world and family fall apart, she must cast aside her anger and focus on the wisdom she's always brushed off as foolishness.

Amidst everything, a Plague ravages all, discriminating against no one.

When four worlds collide, lines will be drawn, sides will be chosen, victory will be sought. Death will be wrought. The mysteries of the Cure for the deadly Plague will be uncovered. Who will survive? And what will those who do learn about themselves and the ones they love?

What book are you currently reading?
Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush
So far, very interesting...

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.


What are you planning on reading next?
I really need to finish 
Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu 
for my Netgalley TBR.
So far behind!!

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

Rock On!
So what is your WWW WED...
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