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NEW RELEASE! THE GIRL IN MY DREAMS by LOGAN BYRNE

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When your girlfriend is a ghost visiting you in your dreams, life is anything but ordinary.

Seventeen-year-old Theodore Quinn has never had it easy. His dad recently left his mother and him, he’s not exactly Mr. Popular at school, and he’s never had a girlfriend—that is, until a chance encounter leads to a reconciliation with his childhood best friend and neighbor, Annabelle, whom he’s loved for as long as he can remember.

It’s only after they start dating that his life seems to be heading in the right direction. But that all changes one snowy night when Annabelle is instantly killed in a car accident, leaving Theodore devastated and emotionally crippled. In the midst of his desperation to see Annabelle again, she visits him in his dreams, and life suddenly becomes worth living again. With things starting to look perfect once more, Theodore must decide between living in his dreams forever, or facing reality and moving forward with a life he knows he’ll never truly have with her.

 

REVIEW

I received a copy of this novel from Kindle Scout in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to hear this novel was chosen to be published, as the excerpt on Kindle Scout had me extremely intrigued. The writing immediately pulled me into Theo’s little world, which was quite wonderful. As Belle was introduced, she was the beautiful addition that made this novel complete. They’re just lovely, both individually and as a couple.  I was also quite impressed with the maturity of the entire cast, which helped make them relatable.

While the blurb explains the gist of the story, I was not prepared for the emotional punch in the gut. I cried. I cried reading a YA novel. Maybe I cried because I have a son about their age, or because I know the pain of losing a first love. I can say with certainty that this author captured raw emotion brilliantly.

To put it bluntly, my heart just broke for the main character. The narrative is from his POV, and he is a very sweet young man. He starts off with one friend, goes through a few months of being on top of the world, then, he ends up right where he started; madly in love with the girl he can’t have. I do, however, love the resilience he exhibits.

In today’s society, this is a clean novel I would definitely approve for ages thirteen-plus.

 

ABOUT THIS LITERARY CHEF

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Logan Byrne is an author of young adult fiction. He currently resides in Northern Illinois, though has aspirations to move to a large city, one where most of his stories take place.

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TOUR STOP! THE SIREN SERIES by Rachel Higginson

 

 

 

 

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A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

 

 

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In Ivy Pierce’s world, Greek mythology is reality. Sirens, like herself, use men for money, power and status; but she has the greatest gift of all. Stronger than any of the Siren’s before her, Ivy’s attraction alludes to a prophecy that could mean the rebirth of Greek gods and goddesses for our modern time.

The Fates believe she is the symbol of a new era. Her mother believes she is the key to ultimate power in their Greek circle. And Nix, her godfather and god of the sea, believes she belongs to him.

Ivy doesn’t want any part of her world or the people that demand so much of her. With the help of Ryder Sutton, her closest friend, she will fight against fate, against the expectations of her society and against the desires of a monster that will do anything to possess her.

And through it all she will deny her feelings for the one person she loves more than anything in order to protect him.

While her future crumbles around her, Ivy will go to extreme lengths to free herself from her glass prison—or drown trying.

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Ivy Pierce has been to Hades and back trying to escape Nix and his evil plans to use her. After a failed attempt to save her loved ones, she was forced to leave her friends, her sister and the boy she had fallen in love with, Ryder Sutton.

And yet Olympus isn’t finished with her yet.

As Nix plots to overthrow the legendary mountain, Ivy is pulled back into the twisted, manipulative world of the Greek pantheon. Thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, Ivy will learn quickly that Nix is not the only threat to her freedom and not the only god interested in using her unique skillset to resurrect the Age of Olympus.

In a deadly game between two powerful factions of Greek gods, Ivy will have to battle both fate and the Fates in order to secure her future once and for all. She will discover new powers, fight for her friends’ lives and convince the only boy she has ever loved that he can trust her again.

In the end, she’ll learn the hardest lesson of all. This isn’t a fable or a Greek myth, her life is a love story.

 

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW! ALL THE SKIES I WILL NOT SEE by Petra March

 

 

Copyright 2015 Petra March. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2015 Petra March. All rights reserved.

Pages: 33 (estimated)
Editions: Kindle, eBook
Contemporary, YA, Romance
Publisher: Petra F. Bagnardi
Cover Artists: PFB and F. Chericoni

 

Synopsis:

It takes 7 seconds to crash.

It takes 3 seconds to fall in love.

It takes an infinite moment to let go.

David Medwin’s life is fading away, and all he can think about is what it means to be alive.

An intense story about life, death and, most of all, love.

 

***Recommended for Ages 17+***

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REVIEW

 I have, yet again, been blown away by the poetically brilliant mind of Petra March!

A short sequel to the novel, “A Veil of Glass and Rain“, we are given an intimate portrait of a sweet young man, whose life is taking a dramatic turn.  The writing is exquisite, raw, and painful. 

David’s story begins as it ends, with a jolt of heartbreak.  As the present and past flutter in and out with his consciousness, a story of self discovery and regret emerge.  Although it is a novella, there is a lifetime of emotion perfectly fitted in this small package. I recommend reading the first novel, as it is a most extraordinary read that will give a more detailed background on the secondary characters here, but it can also be read as a stand-alone. 

I cried.  I’m not a sappy reader, and I rarely find an author gifted enough to invoke my inner crybaby with such fierce skill, but this is no ordinary author.  This author is an artist. I couldn’t put this down, and I cannot wait to see what this talented young woman has for us in the future!

Highly recommend to lovers of dramatic reads that leave you grief-stricken, but wanting more!

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All the Skies I will not See: A Novella (A Touch of Cinnamon, Book 1.5)

by Petra March

Copyright © 2015 Petra March

All rights reserved

About This Literary Chef:


Petra March studied Screenwriting and History of American Cinema at UCLA and NYU. Presently, Petra keeps traveling and dreaming through her novels. Her characters are deeply in love with Europe and the USA, just like Petra is.

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COVER REVEAL! ALL THE SKIES I WILL NOT SEE by PETRA MARCH

 

 

Copyright 2015 Petra March. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2015 Petra March. All rights reserved.

 Release Date: June 9 2015
Pages: 33 (estimated)
Editions: Kindle, eBook
Contemporary, YA, Romance
Publisher: Petra F. Bagnardi
Cover Artists: PFB and F. Chericoni

 

Synopsis:

It takes 7 seconds to crash.

It takes 3 seconds to fall in love.

It takes an infinite moment to let go.

David Medwin’s life is fading away, and all he can think about is what it means to be alive.

An intense story about life, death and, most of all, love.

 

***Recommended for Ages 17+***

 

Excerpt

Prologue

Now.

My name is David Medwin. I’m twenty-one years old. Something bad happened to me.

These are the last, precious moments of my existence. So, while my body is still shrouded in merciful numbness, I let my mind and my soul awaken and wander.

I hold on to my memories and my regrets.

I drink in the world for the last time.

The sky is a dense, dark-blue blanket studded with bright stars. The air is heavy with the sweet scent of flowers and pine trees. The cheerful voices of the night creatures perform a pastoral symphony just for my soul.

No, that’s not right. I’m not alone.

My friend Eagan is resting beside me. His eyelids flutter restlessly, speaking of an uneasy slumber. As I contemplate my best friend, terrible, unexpected anguish surges within my chest. It’s a cold, frightening, strong sensation that forces my mind to focus on my body. My limbs feel strangely weightless, as if I were floating, and my skin were made of dust. But I’m flesh and bones, and my mind knows that the soft numbness is a temporary relief and the sudden sadness brimming inside of me mean something. Something painful.

I’m not alone. Eagan is with me, which means that something bad happened to him as well. I hope he’s not hurt. I want him to live. I don’t want to leave him.

I glance at Eagan once more. My friend’s eyes blink open and, for an infinite moment, his blue gaze lingers upon my features not with familiar kindness, but with fear; then Eagan’s lips part in a wordless cry.

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All the Skies I will not See: A Novella (A Touch of Cinnamon, Book 1.5)

by Petra March

Copyright © 2015 Petra March

All rights reserved

About This Literary Chef:


Petra March studied Screenwriting and History of American Cinema at UCLA and NYU. Presently, Petra keeps traveling and dreaming through her novels. Her characters are deeply in love with Europe and the USA, just like Petra is.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY!! STOLEN ART by RUTH SILVER

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Title: Stolen Art

Author: Ruth Silver

Publisher: Lazy Day Publishing

Release Date: April 28, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi Romance

 

Stolen Art

Sixteen-year-old Madeline has been living on the streets, biding her time until she’s eighteen. With little to no money, she takes on a heist in hopes of making ends meet. What could possibly go wrong?

Everything.

Getting caught is just the beginning of Madeline’s adventure as she meets Weston and discovers the secret of where she came from.

 

Fans of Orphan Black, The X-Files, and Fringe will fall head over heels for STOLEN ART.

Recommended: Ages 15+

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An excellent YA Sci-Fi with enough teenage angst and drama to keep readers glued to the pages! The story line was well written and flowed easily. Recommend for readers ages fifteen and above.

Excerpt

I rush back up the dark stairwell, shoving the key into the doorknob. It takes a minute for the lock to click and I push myself inside the apartment, securing every lock and deadbolt. I can’t stay here in Hutchinson, Kansas any longer. Pulling my phone from my purse, I text Weston.

Tatiana is here. It’s not safe for me.

I grab the few belongings that have any value to me, sentimental or otherwise, and shove it into my shoulder bag, including the stolen silver necklace. It has value and if I’m forced on the run, I’ll need money to survive.

I know.

What did Weston mean he knew Tatiana is at the bar? Had he seen her? Is he there?

What do you mean, you know? I type into the phone. If he saw her, why didn’t he warn me? I can’t go down out the front door and it’s only a matter of time until she finds me just a few feet away. I grow restless waiting for an answer.

The phone buzzes and displays an incoming call from Weston. “Wes, tell me you’re here.” The only thing to do is hop in his car and drive into the night, far from Kansas.

A female’s voice bubbles with laughter. “Oh he’s coming darling, but you should know he won’t get here in time. Amazing how easy it is to clone a phone number and steal his service. The advancements Stem Tech has made is encouraging.”

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About the Author

Ruth Silver

Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing multiple series under her name as well as the pen name Ravyn Rayne. Her interests include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia. Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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COVER REVEAL! RYAN REVISITED by SAM DAVIS

 
Title: Ryan Revisited
Author: Sam Davis
Series: Standalone
Genre: NA Contemporary
Cover Artist: Damon from DAMONZA.com
Release Date: June 14th, 2015
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you don’t have any idea who you are, how do you decide who you want to be?
Who is Ryan Ester? The Southern-belle-in-training her estranged
father wants her to be? The laid-back Montana girl she became after her
parents’ divorce? Or someone she has to discover on her own?
When Ryan’s only shot at going to college is on her father’s dime,
Ryan leaves Bluffs, Montana to return to the antebellum South she once called
home. As if the move wasn’t hard enough, Ryan’s first love, who recently left
her a broken-hearted mess, has a scholarship to none other than Ryan’s
destination, the University of the South.
Ryan Ester may not know who she is, but she sure as heck knows who
she doesn’t want to become. As she tries to navigate scandal, heartache, and
the unbearable pressure to look and act perfect every waking second, she
resents being pushed by everyone who wants to decide for her. For the sake of
her own sanity and the hearts of those she cares most about, she will have to
find a way to forge her own path.
RYAN REVISITED is the story of a young woman’s search for
identity. For serenity. For the perfect landing spot for her aching heart.

 

Author’s Note: RYAN REVISITED is also suitable for Mature YA
readers as it does not contain graphic sexual situations.

 

 

Sam
Davis loves to write tucked away in her cave with a large sweet iced tea and
the occasional (grossly understated) chocolate vice. She lives in Texas now
with her hunky husband and three young daughters, but she was born in Georgia
and went to high school under the beautiful Big Sky of Montana. Due to Sam’s
nearly alarming obsessive personality and lack of gumption to act her age, she
spends too much time reading YA and NA books, watching the CW, using emoticons
and hashtags, shopping at Nordstrom BP, and writing anything and everything,
anywhere and everywhere. She loves to eat, Jillian Michaels (in that order),
Nutella, going to the movies, the written word, Jesus, Auburn football, Ron
Pope, Big Sky Country, and every kind of person.

 


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Blog Tour Stop! The Sara Chronicles by Laura Hughes

The Sara Chronicles

sarachroniclespicPublisher: Tate Publishing
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Book Series: Book 1 of 6
Formats: Paperback, Kindle, iBook
Print Length: 136 pages
Paperback Price: $9.98
Kindle Price: $6.99
iBook Price: $9.99

 

Blurb

Imagine yourself in a place where not only your wildest, most imaginative dreams but also your worst nightmares are a living, breathing reality. One second, you’re a helpless, victimized child, and the next you can control ocean currents, produce rainstorms, and freeze lakes. Would you use your powers for good? Or would you give in to the part of yourself that wants revenge and control over those who caused you pain?

This is exactly what a young girl named Sara had to decide when she was rescued from her horrible foster parents, the Finklesteins, and taken by her new guardian, Rianna, to a realm where magic has no limits and neither do Sara’s powers. Before Sara can decide, she meets three new friends: Thomas and James, two orphaned boys her age with similar abilities, and Olie, a powerful man who helps to guide the three of them on their quest to keep this magical universe in balance.

With Olie and Rianna’s help, the children’s circle of three creates a strong bond that fights against the evil forces of the realm. When they meet Braccus, a most evil being who wants to disrupt the magical world the children have come to treasure, Sara, Thomas, and James know they have a dangerous road ahead of them. But they’re not alone; they soon meet another circle of three orphaned children with miraculous powers: Alice, Franklin, and Finola, and together the two circles of three create a force that will challenge even Bracus. But will these children be able to band together and save the world as they know it? Or will Bracus have his way and tear them asunder?

Find out in Laura Hughes’ fast-paced and adventurous story, “The Sara Chronicles: The Beginning – Book One.”

 

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Review

What a magical debut!

I simply adored this creatively crafted novel! Sara’s journey begins in a miserable world in which she is helpless and alone, but she finds strength from within. A sweet heroine, deserving of the great power she possesses, is always a wonderful example for our young ladies. Of course, the boys are an excellent addition to story as well. Each new character is introduced smoothly, allowing an even flow, and the story never lacks adventure. Once I began reading this book, I couldn’t put it down! Exciting, fun, and captivating!

Appropriately written for ages eleven and beyond!

 

About This Literary Chef

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Author Laura Hughes

Registered nurse by day – author by night – I am an enthusiastic teller of tales. Most of my time off from my day job is spent running, working out, and thinking of new stories to tell. I love writing so much that I have written six complete books in five years with the seventh halfway finished. Notebook after notebook is filled with ideas for my characters and tales I want to start. Each book is like a movie playing in my head that I am just dying to share with others.

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Blog Tour

March 22, 2015:  Random Things In Action-http://www.haraiah.blogspot.com

March 23, 2015: Young Adult Reviews by Liz Winnhttp://www.villagebookreviewya.blogspot.com

March 24, 2015:  Read For Your Future – http://www.readforyourfuture.blogspot.com

March 25, 2015:  I Read Indie – http://www.twimom101bookblog.blogspot.com

March 26, 2015:  Becky’s Barmy Book Blog – http://www.beckysbarmybookblog.blogspot.com

March 27, 2015:  Books Galore – http://www.japourney.blogspot.ca

March 28, 2015: Word to Dreams – http://www.wordtodreams.blogspot.com

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