Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cover Reveal - True North: Finding Us by Allie Juliette Mousseau

I wanted to share the cover for book two in the series that I'm working on editing. Check out book #1 in the series here - True North: Finding Home

True North: Finding Us
(True North #2 - Jules & Nate)
by Allie Juliette Mousseau

Tentative Release Date: May 14, 2014

Nathaniel Morrisey thought he had a handle on his affections for the one woman he ever cared about, Julia North, who happened to be his boss’s daughter and best friend’s little sister. But Jules is about to blow that calm self-control he's had a tight grip on all to hell. 

Nate's desire to protect Jules—especially from himself—and the overwhelming emotions he feels for her, have waged a war inside of him; having been abandoned and abused as a child, how could he ever love and treat a woman like Julia North the way she deserved?

Julia North knows Nathaniel Morrisey is the only one for her, but with a past like a dark shadow, Nate's as turbulent as the wild horses he rides.

Will Jules be strong enough to hold on unconditionally, or will she decide it’s finally time to let go?

*This book is intended for mature audiences (18+) due to sexual content and strong language.

About the Author

Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally charged New Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures.
She writes from passionate and angsty; fun and light to intense and epic. She incorporates a lot of romance, tension, and hot and sexy spice. Always a HEA and stand alone - even in a series.

Her alter-ego:
Alana Jewel Mousseau creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink. She writes brave but "human" main characters, imaginative plots and complex worlds; from High Octane action to exploring the deepest emotions - you won't want to put down your book!

She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write is outdoors, but when the weather gets too chilly she'll be inside at her desk looking at the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and 85 pound golden retriever, who likes to sleep on her feet while she writes.

With a free spirit, Allie loves to travel and has spent three years sparking her imagination while travelling the U.S. and Canada in an RV with her family. She looks forward in continuing her journey to see the world, while finishing her degree in Literature

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway - Day Human Prince by B. Kristin McMichael

Title: Day Human Prince
Series: The Day Human Trilogy #1
Author: B. Kristin McMichael
Release Date: April, 2014
Published by: Lexia Press
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

Summary from Goodreads: Devin Alexander grew up as the only day human in a world surrounded by night humans who drank blood, sometimes his blood. He spent his life training toward one goal: the protection of one of those blood drinkers, Arianna Grace. But what is he supposed to do when the blue-eyed girl of the legends doesn’t need him anymore? What does his life mean then? How is a guy supposed to move on when the girl he has yearned over for a decade has chosen someone else?

Before he can even start to figure out his new life without Arianna, Devin has to deal with another problem. He needs to take care of some unfinished business with a night human he has known for less than a month, but with whom he is magically bound.

Vanessa McKinny has promised that she knows a way to undo the spell she placed on Devin to save his life. Devin would do anything to break the bond to be free of her, even if it means traveling to the sidhe village, a place inhabited by a race of night humans that has not had a day human visitor in more than a hundred years. If he doesn’t want to get stuck, he must work with Nessa to find a way to break the bond. Only then can Devin have time to get back to finding his new goal in life, unless he discovers that his path lies with the sidhe.

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“What’s wrong?” she asked. She looked over his shoulder and quickly around the room, but didn’t see anything.
“We need to dance our way out of here,” Devin replied quietly, while still spinning them in circles. “Just follow my lead.”
Nessa wanted to ask more, but Devin dipped her down suddenly with one hand. Pulling her back up, his fist pressed against her back, now holding an arrow he grabbed from an assassination attempt. No one saw the invisible arrow, but Devin still held onto it. After a few more quick spins that didn’t allow Nessa to ask more questions, yet brought them five feet closer to the exit, Devin caught a second arrow from a different assassin. The first assassin was still waiting. Even the assassins didn’t see their own arrows. As they were within ten feet of leaving, Nessa finally protested.
“Devin, what is going on?” she asked, a bit winded from dancing.
‘Not now. I’m trying to save your life,’ Devin answered silently. Nessa’s eyes went big. She obviously hadn’t considered the danger to her life. ‘Now duck,’ he ordered.
Nessa instantly bent down and pretended to adjust her dresses hem. Devin held out his empty hand to help her stand back up. She smiled and stood, though there was still hesitation in her eyes. She couldn’t see the arrows in his hand. Devin smiled back, and she relaxed a little. Nessa slipped her hands back to his shoulders, and Devin took the lead again, pulling her toward the exit on the opposite side of the room from their table.
‘Dinner, dance, and then done?’ Devin asked, reiterating that they were done. He didn’t expect any kind of protest, but he had to be sure that they fulfilled the role they were supposed to play.

About the Author
Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in Biology working as a scientist. In her free time she is hard at work on multiple novels; as each day passes, she has more ideas for both current and future novels.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore - 4/27/14

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what's coming up in the week ahead. 

Last week on FYFA:
Had a crazily busy week!  I'm working on a new editing project (Book #2 in the True North series by Allie Juliette Mousseau) and I got to attend the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon (which I will be posting about sometime this week!).  
I've also been trying to keep up with posting on my blog. Here's what you may have missed this past week:
Coming this week on FYFA:
  • Human Prince by B. Kristin McMichael (blitz & giveaway)
  • Seeress by Ednah Walters (review & giveaway)
  • Time Trap by Micah Caida (review)
  • Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon - Had so much fun at this event, and I want to tell you all about it!

Here's what I got this week!

Free from the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon:

Purchased at the Reader's Luncheon:
(All signed, of course!)

Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones that are listed above.)
  • Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark (excerpt & giveaway) - Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card!
  • Hawthorne by Sarah Ballance (excerpt & giveaway) - Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card!
  • The Mind's Eye by K.C. Finn (review & giveaway) - Still time to enter to win a Clean Teen book and a $15 gift card!
  • Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton (excerpt & giveaway) - Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:

Lots of good stuff!  Have any giveaways running on your site right now?  
Feel free to share them in the comments!

Review & Giveaway - Orenda by Ruth Silver

Title: Orenda
Author: Ruth Silver
Release Date: April 27th, 2014
Pages: 264
Goodreads Rating: 4.33 Stars
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
My Content Rating: PG (Nothing more than brief kissing)

Summary from Goodreads: 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 younger 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. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

Orenda is a unique new fantasy novel, set in a parallel universe.  The descriptions describes it well, so I'm just going to get right down to my review.

The negatives:
  • Not enough character development.  While I enjoyed this book, I never quite connected with the characters for some reason.  In the beginning, we have a good friendship that's developed between Lil and her best friend Bray that seems like it might develop into something more.  I think I might have been able to root for that, if it had been developed, but instead we're told (by another character) that Bray is in love with her (we never get this from Bray's POV though) and Lil insists she's not interested and falls for another guy.  Supposedly.  I just didn't feel much of a connection between them, so when something pulls them apart later, I couldn't bring myself to care all that much.  All of the other characters felt pretty secondary and I just didn't connect with any of them.  I think the book needed to be longer to really develop these characters.
  • Somewhat anticlimactic. It seemed like every time I expected something really exciting to happen, things somehow fizzled out. Specifically, whenever anyone confronted with the villain in the story - I would expect some sort of big showdown and they would just end up sort of talking a bit and then she would let them go.  Huh.  I guess she had her reasons, but it was sort of anticlimactic.
What I loved:
  • Orenda.  I really enjoyed discovering Orenda itself. It was an interesting parallel universe that was similar to earth in a lot of ways, but involved magic.  I enjoyed the mystery of discovering what this place was, who the people were that lived there and what the similarities and differences between the two worlds were.  Lil found that she had special powers in Orenda (in fact, everyone has a power of some sort).  I also appreciated that what happened in Orenda was tied in to Lil's life on earth at the end.
This was an interesting fantasy story that will most likely appeal to younger YA readers. I do think it could have used a bit more development, but it was an enjoyable read. I give it 3/5 stars.

***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***

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About the Author

Ruth Silver author photoRuth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. 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, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. Upcoming works include Royal Reaper, a young adult series about grim reapers, due for release June 3rd, 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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