Monthly Archives: December 2013

Cover Crush (55)

Cover Crush Logo Cover Crush is my meme here at On The Shelf where beautiful and eye-catching covers are spotlighted!  Any cover can be showcased whether it be old or new, read or still sitting in your TBR stack.  Please join in, link up and enjoy some beautiful covers!

My Cover:

Forsaken Cover

Nora Colburn was perfectly content in life. A junior in high school, she had good friends, a great family, and did well in school. Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable.

But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Nora’s school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Nora becomes determined to find out the truth.

As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret… one that may yet put both of them in grave danger.

And for the first time in her life, Nora is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes her to a place where romance and great destiny may yet await… and where supernatural powers run wild.

Why I’m Crushing:

I just did a book blast for this book recently, and the cover is just so beautiful that I felt it deserved a spotlight as a Cover Crush as well!  I love the black with the gorgeous blue color.  And the dress?  I WANT IT!  I love the corset top and the details of lace and texture you can see in the skirt.  It makes me think of the Fallen covers, which I really liked all of those, too.  And the blue rose is very lovely!  I love this whole cover.  What do you guys think of this one?  If you have on of your own, please share in the comments 🙂

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Cover Crush (54)

Cover Crush Logo Cover Crush is my meme here at On The Shelf where beautiful and eye-catching covers are spotlighted!  Any cover can be showcased whether it be old or new, read or still sitting in your TBR stack.  Please join in, link up and enjoy some beautiful covers!

My Cover:

Ignite Cover

Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed. 

As Hell prepares for war – spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army – the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice. 

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

Why I’m Crushing:

This is one of the most beautiful angel covers I’ve seen!  I like that you see her from behind and get the full view of her gorgeous wings.  The dress is also very beautiful and I really like the style of it and how it is open in the back so it doesn’t block the wings, plus it is blue, which is my favorite color.  This cover is just all around very lovely.  What do you guys think of this one?

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Book Blast and Giveaway! Forsaken by Sophia Sharp

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Nora Colburn was perfectly content in life. A junior in high school, she had good friends, a great family, and did well in school.  Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable.
 
But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Nora’s school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Nora becomes determined to find out the truth.
 
As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret… one that may yet put both of them in grave danger. 
 
And for the first time in her life, Nora is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes her to a place where romance and great destiny may yet await… and where supernatural powers run wild. 

Excerpt

Hunter cut off with a strangled sound, and in an instant, he was at the door. “They’re coming,” he hissed over his shoulder.

“What? Already? You said we’d have until nightfall!”

“I was wrong.” He shut the door quickly and rushed to the opposite wall. “You need to hide.” He pulled back a board to reveal a small cubby in the wall. “Quickly!”

Nora ran without arguing.

“Get in,” he told her, “and don’t make a sound.” Nora nodded. Her pulse raced, and a jolt of adrenaline kicked through her. A mixture of fear and dread came over her as she pushed herself into the wall. There wasn’t much space, and splinters and rough pieces of wood pierced her skin and got caught on her clothing. She wedged herself farther in.  Hunter replaced the board.

Light scattered in from cracks along the wall.  Nora pressed an eye to one of them. She could see the entire space between her and the entrance door. Hunter stood facing the door with his back to her. His feet were wide in a predatory stance.

Anxious minutes passed. Only Nora’s ragged breaths broke the silence, and they sounded as loud as hammers to her ears.

Slowly, the door started to move. Hunter tensed.

It creaked all the way open, and a tall figure stepped into the entrance. Nora’s breath caught. It was the same man from the dream, the same one she saw at the school.

“Where’s your friend?” the man asked Hunter crudely. He spoke with a harsh accent.

If it were possible, Hunter tensed even more. The man took a step forward. He wore the same long coat from before, the same dark hat. He and Hunter were approximately the same height. Leisurely, he started to take off his coat. Hunter still hadn’t moved.

The man dropped his coat in a pile at his side, and Nora saw that he was much thicker than Hunter. Bigger, more developed.

Stronger.

“Don’t try to hide her. I can smell her stench from here. I know she is with you.”

“You will not have her.” Hunter’s voice held a steely edge.

The man laughed. “Oh? Is that so?  And you think you’re going to stop me?” He laughed again. “You have broken the ancient creed by bringing her into our world. You will answer for your crime.  As will she.”

“You will not have her,” Hunter repeated, his voice filled with a deathly calm.

The man waved dismissively and took a step toward Hunter. “You cannot stop me,” he said. “And I don’t intend to take only her. You’ll be coming along, as well.”

“No,” Hunter growled.

“Oh, yes, I will take you both.” The man stood only a pace away from Hunter, now. “You cannot imagine what they will do to you. You will be bound in chains, locked away to never again see the dark of night or feel the cool rays of the moon. You will grow weak and feeble, forever barred from taking blood. You will never feed again.

“Your body will go first. Your muscles will wither to nothingness.  Your bones will crumble. You will become a shadow of what you once were. A shadow of what you could have been.
“But they will keep your mind sharp. Make no mistake, you will know you are suffering. An antidote will be administered, and it will stave off the madness that accompanies your deprivation. You will languish in misery, forever conscious of your mistake. That will be your sentence.  To suffer, until the end of time.”

The man took one last step, until he was nose-to-nose with Hunter. And he spoke just loudly enough for Nora to hear.  “But that pales in comparison to what they will do to her.”

Hunter snarled.

“Yes, her. Your precious human.” He spat the word. Then he raised his voice. “I know you are here, little one. Listen well to what I have to say.”

He returned his attention to Hunter. “She will suffer for your sin. A human mind and body is much weaker than that of our kind, and for that reason…she will be converted. And sentenced to suffer eternally alongside you.

“You know of the savage bloodlust that overtakes a new member of our race, do you not? Oh, but I think you do. You were once one of them, were you not? You were born a human.” Again, he spat the word. “A despicable thing. A despicable creature to risk so much for, wouldn’t you say?”

Hunter didn’t say a word, and the man continued. “I will give you one chance. One chance now, to repent. Give her up freely, and the punishment for your treason will be less severe. You will be bound for one century, before your freedom is returned.” He put a hand on Hunter’s shoulder. “You know you cannot win. Is she worth an eternity in hell?”

Nora caught a furtive movement at the door. The other hunter. “No!” she screamed. It was a trap.

On Nora’s cry, both newcomers looked in her direction. Hunter curled back from the man’s hand and smashed an elbow into his face. The thick man stumbled back.

Then he laughed cruelly and flung himself at Hunter.

GOODREADS              AMAZON         BARNES AND NOBLE

Author Bio

Sophia SharpI’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. Actually, that’s a bit of a lie. I’ve been writing since the third grade, when a wonderful teacher asked everyone in class to write a fairy tale, and ended up picking mine as his favorite. He didn’t tell the other kids, of course – but confided it in my parents. He said I have a natural knack for writing (his exact words! and I remember them to this day), and should never stop. So, I’ve kept going..

I’ve mostly been keeping it to myself, though. I’ve never really thought about becoming an “author,” or a “writer” (quotations because those goals are still so far away!), so never had the need to share with anyone or publicize my stories. But, I’m just finishing up my second year in college, and have really started to think about careers and life goals and such other mysterious things. And while my friends were all busy trying to get internships for the summer this year, I just kept to myself with my writing hobby. I don’t have an interest in going out and working professionally in the “real world” — I want to keep writing forever, and I want to have time to do it. The only way I see myself having that time, though, is by becoming a published author.

So there you have it. That’s the abbreviated history of one Sophia Sharp. I’ve been working on a few young adult paranormal/fantasy novels for the past few months, and I’m putting them all up as soon as they’re done! Why young adult? Because it’s what I love to read. And why paranormal/fantasy? Because that genre gives the greatest opportunities for creating a magical, romantic, quixotic world that I can fall in love with.

How incredibly gorgeous is this cover??  I think this book sounds really great and I can’t wait to read it.  Supernatural powers?  Ancient secret?  Romance?  YES PLEASE!  Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win your own copy!  Also – it is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!  If you’re not lucky enough to win a copy and still want one, it is only .99 cents to buy!  The second book in the saga will be out very soon in January, so there isn’t a long wait time for the next installment.  Good luck to everybody 🙂

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Cover Crush (53)

Cover Crush Logo Cover Crush is my meme here at On The Shelf where beautiful and eye-catching covers are spotlighted!  Any cover can be showcased whether it be old or new, read or still sitting in your TBR stack.  Please join in, link up and enjoy some beautiful covers!

My Cover:

Forget Me Not Cover

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother’s favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they’re no longer pretty pieces of jewelry — they’re part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device — and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she’s Enemy Number One. 

She’s forced to leave her father behind when she’s taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

Fiction is Fact. Know the Truth.

Why I’m Crushing:

I think this whole cover is very lovely.  I like the purples and how it fades from light to dark.  The large flower pendant brings a lot of attention to the book and it is a beautiful shade, plus it looks like it actually sparkles.  One of my favorite things about this cover is how it has the flower pattern in it.  The brightness makes it look as if the girl is glowing, so I like that with the sparkles of the pendant.  What do you guys think?  Have a Cover Crush of your own?  Feel free to link up in the comments =)

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Truth or Dare (6)

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Truth or Dare is a fun new meme hosted by Jenna over at Jenna Does Books that is a bookish challenge based on the game of the same name.  Chose truth for a discussion type question or prompt, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, chose dare!  You can even choose both tasks if you like.  So…Truth or Dare?

For this week’s ToD I picked:

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This one is difficult, not because I have read so many super scary books, but because I haven’t read ANY.  I haven’t found a book to scare me yet.  I have read a few, but most of them have been rather…boring.  Perhaps I’m just  not reading the right books?  I love scary stuff and maybe I am just too hard to scare, but I have been scouting for a great scary book for a while now.  The only book that has come close was Anna Dressed in Blood.  The part where the thing comes down the stairs did make the hair on the back of my neck stand a little, but that is the closest I’ve ever gotten.  I haven’t given up, though!  There are still some books I have high hopes for that I have yet to read.  And, please, please, if you know of good scary books, recommend them to me!  I actually do want to find a book to frighten the bejeezus out of me 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday (50)

Top Ten Tuesday Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR

1. Angelfall by Susan Ee – I’ve seen this one all over blogs and I don’t think I have ever read anything bad about it, so I must finally read it.

2, 3, 4. Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth –  I just bought the trilogy box set and I can’t wait to start it.  I hear so much great stuff about it and I really want to see what the hype is all about.  I also can’t wait for the movie.  It looks so good!

5. If He Had Been With Me by Lauren Nowlin – I have been wanting to read this one since I first read the synopsis.  It sounds so heartbreaking and emotional and I love emotional books, even if they do break my heart.  I just picked it up this past week, so I am pretty excited about it.

6. Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay – Another that I have to read based on all the reviews I have seen.  A hard copy of this was finally available, so I bought it a couple of weeks ago.

7. Enders by Lissa Price – I enjoyed Starters so much more than I thought I was going to, and I feel as if I have had to wait years for the sequel.

8. Angel Fever by L.A. Weatherly – I read the first two almost back to back and I felt like I had to wait forever for this one like waiting for Enders, so I will be happy to be able to finish!

9. Infinite by Jodi Meadows – One of my favorite series!  I love these books and can’t wait to find out how it wraps up.  I love the writing and the stories and the scenes and everything.

10. Cress by Marissa Meyer – Another top favorite!  This is by far one of my absolute favorite series of all time.  It is up there with Harry Potter I love it so much.  All the characters are great and the writing is awesome and the books don’t feel like they are as long as they actually are, so you fly through them.  I can’t wait to read this new installment.

Well, this is the ones I plan to read, as of right now.  It seems I never actually stick to my TBR lists I make out.  I generally read with my mood or what kind of book I am craving, so we will see how well I stick to this one.  What is on your TBR for the Winter season?

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600 Follower Giveaway!

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As promised, here is the 600 Follower Giveaway!  Thank you everybody for being such awesome followers 🙂  And thanks for being patient while I was so busy during November.

The giveaway ends  next Saturday (14th) at midnight and up for grabs is a book of your choice worth up to $16 from The Book Depository!  Since it is a follower giveaway, it is required that you be a follower and I appreciate every one of you guys!  The giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to you.

Once the giveaway ends, I will email the winner.  Please answer within 48 hours so I don’t have to move on to the next person!  You can click the link below to get to the giveaway.  Good luck to everybody and thanks again for being super awesome people!
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Desolate November

So, this past November was super busy of course and I hardly posted anything, but with NaNo, that is to be expected.   So now that we are out of November, my posts can start to pick back up again.

Though I didn’t make it to 50k words, I did get pretty far (for me) and I will keep working hard on my book.  I praise everybody who participates in NaNo and those who make it to the finish line really amaze me.  It is difficult to get to 50k when your a parent and work full time, but I did get a nice big start and made it over half way, so I am not disappointed that I didn’t make it to the end.

Sadly, being so busy between family, work and writing, I didn’t get ANY reading done.  I hate when I don’t get to read!  Since I lost an entire month of reading, I am not going to make all of my reading challenges either, but I knew in the beginning that it was going to be really hard since I have had so many changes going on this year.

A new change I am thinking about it the possibility of a partner.  I am wanting to get my reader cousin to help me out on the blog.  She is the only person I get to squeal over books with like I want to since she reads like I do.  She is excited about the prospect of it and so am I, so we will see how everything goes with that 🙂

I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving!  Mine was pretty good and laid back.  I love spending time with my family all together like that.  One of my cousins even made it back in time from Marine boot camp for the holiday.  Well, that is all for my November updating and posting (or lack thereof).  Oh, and one more thing before I forget, make sure you look tomorrow for my 600 Follower Giveaway!!  Y’all are awesome!

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