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RELEASE DAY BLITZ! TWO FACED (The Masks Series Book 2) by MELISSA PEARL!

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RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 12, 2014

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Caitlyn Davies has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees…but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn’t help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great…until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can’t buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric’s favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth…and who is being two-faced…

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six new titles releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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COVER REVEAL! TWO FACED by MELISSA PEARL

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Caitlyn Davies has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees…but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn’t help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great…until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can’t buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric’s favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth…and who is being two-faced…

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ABOUT THIS LITERARY CHEF

Melissa Pearl

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six new titles releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ! FORSAKEN by Kristen Day

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Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her

Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.

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REVIEW

This is definitely a cliffhanger!

I was completely immersed in this novel, as the writing is superb and the story line is enchanting.  The adventure is exciting, setting is almost tangible, due to the descriptive writing, and the romance is appropriate for YA readers.  I admire the creativity involved, and I have no doubt that lovers of this genre will be captivated.

Complete with crazy friends, a mysterious hottie, and an extraordinary paranormal world, this novel is a wonderful debut for the YA crowd!  I can’t wait to read the next installment!

**I received a copy of this delectable debut in exchange for an honest review**

ABOUT THIS LITERARY CHEF

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I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).

When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

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REVIEW! DARKNESS by ERIN EVELAND

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One Girl. One Boy.

And the Masters of Darkness.

See the Shadow Creatures.

They are everywhere.

But you can’t run from the shadows.

At the age of sixteen, Catherine lives with an alcoholic mother and impoverished welfare. While searching for a way to tell her only friend Nathan of her desire for him, a hidden world starts to unfold with the coincidental meeting of a man in black, Jorgen. With this encounter, questions arise and unexplained events start to occur, causing Catherine to confront her past and an uncertain future.

Upon graduating High School, Nathan cooks at a local bar wondering how he can leave town with the girl he’s fallen in love with, Catherine. All seems hopeless until a man in black, Artros, introduces himself offering power greater than all the money that drives the world.

Ancient enemies with the power to control the Darkness and its Shadow Creatures, two Masters will fight to the death for what one girl may hold – the ultimate power of Light.

 

REVIEW

A wonderfully disturbing read!  The author made me think of my own hometown and how hard it can be to escape such a black hole.  Mill towns are the perfect setting for a horror novel, and Eveland delivered with exceptional precision.

Catherine comes off a little creepy at first, but after a while it’s hard not to like her.  The traumatic life this young woman has to endure is heartbreaking, and her resolve is incredible.  Nathan is a sweet young man who’s easy to relate with and very lovable.  These characters and their story become rather addicting as friends become foe, and unimaginable creatures fill their lives with darkness.

I received a copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Known for her short stories in the horror-genre, and as a mother of four, Eveland has published works in Dark Moon Books, Mocha Memoirs Press, Cromaine Press, and Dreamscape. Her forthcoming dark fantasy novel, Darkness is unique in style to bring art and music to the reader using the Quick Response Code.

With children, work and life, Erin usually writes between the hours of 9pm and 6am. She didn’t start writing until she turned 30. Through the following years of dedication and persistence, she has created a staple in the writing community, in which she grows, discovering new writers and listening to their stories – personal and written.

Erin loves spending time with her children and the great outdoors of Michigan. As a musician and songwriter, she enjoys music and the arts. She’s a nerd for how-to-books and as boring as they come across she likes discovering new things and believes one of the greatest values in life is to never stop learning.

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW! NEST by Esther Ehrlich

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SYNOPSIS

For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes.

Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.

Nest is Esther Ehrlich’s stunning debut novel. Her lyrical writing is honest, humorous, and deeply affecting. Chirp and Joey will steal your heart. Long after you finish Nest, the spirit of Chirp and her loving family will stay with you.

 

REVIEW

What a wonderful debut novel!

Ehrlich has created a very emotional story that moved me.  The characters are relatable, the setting is perfect, and the flow is flawless.  It has a “My Girl” feel to it, which I adore, and I couldn’t help crying during a few scenes.  I also love how Jewish traditions and meals are shared with such ease; I want chocolate Babka! For those old enough to remember the ’70’s, be ready for a walk down memory lane as Tab and David Cassidy,(my first crush), make a debut.  Although middle schooler’s are the targeted audience, I would consider this for mature eighth grader’s and up.

This is an author to watch, and a novel to pick up!

I hate spoilers, but I must mention that parents should be aware that serious illnesses, suicide, death, and abuse are part of the story. 

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Blog Stop & Review! New Release: The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello

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In this dazzling first book in the EMPRESS CHRONICLES series by the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a
rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control. She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval. The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons. But all of this changes in one historical instant.

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One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own. Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love. But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

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When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY will love THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES

Review

Only a few days short of the 116th anniversary of The Empress Elisabeth’s death, I was excited to get my hands on what turned out to be a creatively crafted novel!

Although I’m an avid Historical Fiction fan, I’m very open-minded with the avenues an author can take. It’s hard not to become immersed completely when a story steps out of the norm and leads you into the unknown. I love the fact that Vitello paired the famous beauty “Sisi”, known for her eccentricities, with a young woman from present day who suffers as she did. This tale takes the reader on a mystical journey full of sorcery, love, and aristocracy. It suits the Empress, as she herself was a mystical force on her own!

The Bonus material at the end is always a favorite of mine, as well. The author gives background on one of the focal points that connects the two heroines, and interesting tidbits about some of the characters.

I rather enjoyed this read and I’m quite curious as to where the author will take it from here.

 

About This Literary Chef

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

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REVIEW! FIREBOLT by ADRIENNE WOODS

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Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.

Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.

Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.

Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself.

REVIEW

Woods’ has conjured up a new and exciting world for the tweens, and the young-at-heart to enjoy!

Beginning with a tragic start, I was immersed in the story of Elena the orphan. As Elena is thrust into a phantasmal world of Dragonians, she becomes acquainted with an unusual cast of characters that add humor and romance. Young and fearless always leads to an adventure, and this little group of misfits delivers! Complete with quirky teachers, a magical school, and a fearsome villain, this was an enjoyable read.

This is an excellent YA read that immediately grabs your attention! Elena’s choices are typical for a teenage heroine, but it wasn’t a nuisance. There are a few swearwords and “making out” scenes, for those that monitor their child’s exposure, but not in excess. My recommended age restriction is 12 & up. If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter & Percy Jackson series, this could be for you!

 

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Adrienne Woods is born and raised in South Africa, where she still resides on the East side of Johannesburg with her husband and two little girls. She’s been writing for the past four years and in her free time she likes to review books of new and upcoming authors.

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