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Another giveaway? Why, yes!  I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS!  So… I thought I’d give away some more awesome books and swag!

Win yourself a little something special this holiday season:

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Excited?  Of course you are!!  Enter to win these gems, and tell all your friends…

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from A Book Vacation Reviews. <==Please LIKE our Facebook page so you never miss an epic giveaway again!

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in at least one question on Rafflecopter (the more you complete, the more entries you earn)

-Be okay with the fact that Beauty From Love by Georgia Cates has a “lips” sticker over a misspelled name

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on January 4th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave a comment!


And don’t forget to enter my other giveaway:

Signed paperbacks of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire plus some awesome swag (ends December 23):

Jamie McGuire Giveaway



And… are you coming to the UTOPIA Writers/Book Con in June?

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Event Pricing thru December 31, 2015:

Here’s the current** price range you’re looking at to attend–prices go up as we get closer to the con:

==> $110 Silver Package

  • 5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon), including welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Admission to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards and After-Party
  • NOT INCLUDED: lunches, apparel, preferred seating at awards, workshops

==> $190 Titanium Package

  •  5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon) with VIP Registration/Badge pick-up, as well as a welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Early seating to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Souvenir T-shirt
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops

==> $55 One-Day Fan Wristband

  • Admission for one day–you choose the day and purchase the ticket specifically for that day
  • Access to all official events — speakers, panels, exhibitor hall, signing area, other official events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops, private events, or any other event listed at an additional charge on the ticket page or web site. You must wear your wristband at all times or you will not be allowed into any official area.

==> Want to be an Exhibitor at UTOPiAcon??? Click the link above for prices and info

But act fast, because prices will continue to rise as we get closer to the con date.  REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE until March 31, 2016 (minus processing fee), so act now—I know it’s a few months out, and your circumstances may change, but I highly, highly suggest that you book now.

**prices subject to change—I will post updated prices as they rise.  Have questions about UTOPiA 2016: Five-Year Anniversary Convention & Celebration for Writers & Fans? Contact UtopYA, LLC

Still nervous you might not be able to attend in June? Purchase now to lock in the lowest prices, and rest easy knowing refunds, minus the processing fee, are available until March 31, 2016 (or a full refund within 60 days of purchase, whichever comes first).


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And there’s more!! If you haven’t been following the awesome that IS #Utopia2016 over on Facebook this week, there’s still a bit of time to get in on the fun!!  Head on over to the UTOPiAcon 2016 Event Page and check out the awesome book giveaways they’ve got running–just in time for Christmas!!

Here’s some that END Monday, November 30:

#1—EBOOK of FROST from Kelly Martin:

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#2—$10 AMAZON OR PAYPAL GIFT CARD from Susan Burdorf:

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 #3—SIGNED PAPERBACK OF TUR and an EBOOK SET of THE ELSKER SAGA from S.T. Bende

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 #4—10 DIGITAL ARCS of RYLEN (Tangled Web Series #1) from Morgan Wylie

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If you haven’t been following the awesome that IS #Utopia2016 over on Facebook, now’s the time to do so!!  Head on over to the UTOPiAcon 2016 Event Page and check out the awesome book giveaways they’ve got running–just in time for Christmas!!

Here’s some that END TOMORROW, November 29:

#1—TWO PAPERBACKS by Erin Hayes:

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#2—THREE EBOOKS from Chris Cannon:

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#3—SIGNED SET of PAPERBACKS from Morgan Wylie:

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#4—THREE AMAZON EBOOKS from Nichole Greene:

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#5—YA MYSTERY BOX FROM Christina Benjamin:

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Win yourself a little something special this holiday season!  I have a signed set of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster up for grabs, plus some awesome signed swag… excited?  Of course you are!!  Enter to win  these gems, and tell all your friends…

Jamie McGuire Giveaway

 This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from A Book Vacation Reviews.

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in at least one question on Rafflecopter (the more you complete, the more entries you earn)

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on December 23rd. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



Be sure to enter my other epic giveaway:

Win Signed Paperbacks of: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer, Beauty from Love by Georgia Cates, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and Letting Go by Maya Banks, PLUS a signed UtopYA Tshirt from the 2014 Con! (Ends January 4)

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And… are you coming to the UTOPIA Writers/Book Con in June?

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Event Pricing thru December 31, 2015:

Here’s the current** price range you’re looking at to attend–prices go up as we get closer to the con:

==> $110 Silver Package

  • 5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon), including welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Admission to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards and After-Party
  • NOT INCLUDED: lunches, apparel, preferred seating at awards, workshops

==> $190 Titanium Package

  •  5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon) with VIP Registration/Badge pick-up, as well as a welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Early seating to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Souvenir T-shirt
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops

==> $55 One-Day Fan Wristband

  • Admission for one day–you choose the day and purchase the ticket specifically for that day
  • Access to all official events — speakers, panels, exhibitor hall, signing area, other official events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops, private events, or any other event listed at an additional charge on the ticket page or web site. You must wear your wristband at all times or you will not be allowed into any official area.

==> Want to be an Exhibitor at UTOPiAcon??? Click the link above for prices and info

But act fast, because prices will continue to rise as we get closer to the con date.  REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE until March 31, 2016 (minus processing fee), so act now—I know it’s a few months out, and your circumstances may change, but I highly, highly suggest that you book now.

**prices subject to change—I will post updated prices as they rise.  Have questions about UTOPiA 2016: Five-Year Anniversary Convention & Celebration for Writers & Fans? Contact UtopYA, LLC

Still nervous you might not be able to attend in June? Purchase now to lock in the lowest prices, and rest easy knowing refunds, minus the processing fee, are available until March 31, 2016 (or a full refund within 60 days of purchase, whichever comes first).




As promised to my followers on Facebook a few months back, I am finally giving away a hardcover of Twilight, autopen-signed by Stephenie Meyer!!

That’s right!  This beauty is up for grabs!!  It’s got a little wear and tear here and there, but it’s epic just the same.  Excited?  Of course you are!!  Enter to win this gem, and tell all your friends…

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This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from A Book Vacation Reviews.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in at least one question on rafflecopter (the more you complete, the more entries you earn)

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on April 22nd. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



Here’s the third leg of the Official UtopYA Scavenger Hunt!! Check it out and ENTER, ENTER, ENTER!!!

The Paisley Reader

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I am happy to bring you my section of the utopYA Con official bloggers’ scavenger hunt for our panelists’ books. Before I get to the rules, let me tell you about the utopYA2015’s earlybird ticket prices! They’re ending February 28th, and that’s next week! Standard admission is currently $90, and VIP is $115. On the 28th, those prices go up to $110 for standard admission and $135 for VIP. Thinking about getting your tickets? Pick them up here.

Now, let’s get to the book hunt! Here’s what you have to do to win:

  1. Read the synopsis below.
  2. Guess which book from my short list the synopsis belongs to.
  3. Type your answer in the Rafflecopter entry form.
  4. Enter every day throughout the month of February for a shot at the prize!

Each blogger will list one synopsis and five possible titles for you to choose from. It’ll…

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It’s Friday!  Happy weekend to you!

Today, I am excited to bring to you an awesome contest from the utopYA Con official bloggers: We pulled together and are leading you on a scavenger hunt for our panelists’ books!  Read on for more deatils, but first, let me remind you about the utopYA Con 2015 earlybird ticket prices! They’re ending February 28th! Standard admission is $90 right now, and VIP is $115. On the 28th, those prices go up to $110 for standard admission and $135 for VIP. So, go get yours here. For serious.  Get ’em now!

Now, let’s get to the book hunt! Here’s what you have to do to win:

  1. Read the synopsis below.

  2. Guess which book from my short list the synopsis belongs to.

  3. Type your answer in the Rafflecopter entry form.

  4. Enter every day throughout the month of February for a shot at the prize!

Each blogger will list one synopsis and five possible titles for you to choose from. It’ll be a different title each week (this is week two).

This form will stay up on my blog for one week. Then, I’ll change the entry form to a link for the new hunt over on The Paisley Reader. And so on, and so forth. At the end of the game, all incorrect entries will be removed before the winner is chosen.

What’s the prize? Well…

You have a shot at winning a pack of three e-books–one from EACH of our keynote speakers:

Denise Grover Swank, Kim Holden, and Lauren Miller

These prizes are being donated by the official bloggers. We wanted to do something awesome for you guys. What’s better than books written by awesome women you’re going to meet?

So… are you ready?  Here’s your synopsis:

One thing set Lydia Shaw and her store apart from the other antique shops in town…

Lydia’s collection was plagued by curses, and it was her duty to break them.

Rachel, Angie, and Jo knew nothing about their aunt’s secret life. In fact, they didn’t even know she owned an antique shop, until they inherited it. Unfortunately for them, Lydia passed down more than just her store. The sisters are the proud new owners of countless deadly curses, buried under centuries of dust.

Lydia also left behind her apprentice, Peter. He does everything he can to protect the girls, as they explore their new store, unaware of the dangers it hides. In spite of his efforts, Rachel finds herself obsessed with opening a strange trunk, Angie has vivid dreams, haunted by a man who claims he needs her help, and Jo’s imagination starts to run wild.

When one of them falls victim to a curse, it’s up to Peter and her sisters to save her. But, if Peter can’t teach them to wield a magic, that he barely understands himself, she’ll be the first one to die.

And the possible titles are:

Tammara Webber — Breakable (Contours of the Heart Book 2)

Elizabeth Kirke — Carved in Cherry (A Curse Collectors Novel Book 1)

Misty Provencher — Stronger

Katie McGarry — Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits)

Megan Curd — Iron Pendulum (The Periodic Series Book 2)

Time to enter your guess! Remember, you can enter once every day.

ENTER HERE USING RAFFLECOPTER!

So–where’d those book titles above come from, anyway?  Check out the official utopYA Con Reading list here: It’s a giant list of books by authors sitting on panels in 2015, and where we’ll be taking the titles we play the game with. We love our panelists!

And don’t forget to visit the other official bloggers this month:

Week 1 — Jo Michaels Blog
Week 3 – The Paisley Reader
Week 4 – Book Junkie: Not so Anonymous

What do you think of our little giveaway? Did you enter?

DO IT!  Until next time…



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UNTIL MIDNIGHT is here…and it’s FREE!

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Happy Holidays, everyone! Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series, has a present for you—a brand new e-short from Disney Hyperion!

UNTIL MIDNIGHT takes place onboard an intergalactic transport, soon after ALIENATED ends and before the sequel INVADED begins. The story details Aelyx and Cara’s last day together before he returns to Earth to mend the alliance and she continues to his home planet. It’s sweet and romantic, and as a bonus, it includes a four-chapter preview of the sequel, which releases February 3rd.

Oh, and did I mention the best part? IT’S FREE!

You can download UNTIL MIDNIGHT from the following e-tailers:

Kindle: http://amzn.to/1B3NLU6

Nook: http://bit.ly/1zshdpx

iBooks: http://bit.ly/1sT4CnM

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1AIb45a

Google Play: http://bit.ly/1v06kVd

*If you live outside the USA, no worries. Landers has uploaded the story to Scribd for you. (The only downside is it doesn’t include the bonus preview chapters, due to technical reasons from the publisher.) Link: http://www.scribd.com/AuthorMelissaLanders

To celebrate this new release, Landers is also offering TWO lucky winners an autographed swag pack complete with a personalized bookplate, mini-poster, bookmarks, and stickers—open internationally! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below.

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/08007cc342/

Best of luck, and happy reading!

And don’t forget: signed pre-orders close soon!

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However, this offer is only for a limited time. Orders close on January 15th.

To take advantage of this offer, click HERE and select either INVADED or the two-book bundle.

BIO: Melissa Landers writes romantic science fiction for teens and the young at heart. To learn more, or just to say hello, visit her at www.melissa-landers.com



It’s launch day for Rise of the Faire-Amanti (Ascendant Series #3), and Raine Thomas is celebrating with a big giveaway! Read on for more details…

Rise of the Faire-Amanti

Book Blurb:

Stranded in the desolate Dark Lands, Kyr and Ty share a bittersweet reunion. Alametria lies on the brink of darkness. Their people are still reeling, believing she’s dead at Ty’s hands. With no other choice, many have turned to the Guardians and Advisor Vycor for guidance, never suspecting they’re being led to slaughter.

Kyr and Ty encounter overwhelming challenges in their fight to save their people: a deadly environment, murderous Marauders, and powerful protections preventing them from reaching the palace. When the journey itself could mean their deaths, the one thing that keeps them going is the thought of bringing VycorDane to justice.

Facing a battle on multiple fronts, lacking resources, and significantly outnumbered, Kyr and Ty must rely on each other in the race to save their planet. Will they beat the odds and restore peace to Alametria…or will Vycor’s evil destroy them all?

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Excerpt:

Turning so he faced Kyr, he lifted a gloved hand to her shoulder. Are you sure you want to do this?

She nodded, but he saw the rapid pulse in her neck belying her fear. They were both struggling to ignore the flight reflex pounding in their minds.

He considered walking to the storage bay and pulling out the sleeping pallets Gren had packed for their use, but he worried that taking even that much time would have them both abandoning this plan and giving in to the protections. Instead, he bent down and kissed her.

The feel and taste of Kyr shoved every other thought to the far corners of his mind. Although it had only been a few days since he last touched her like this, he felt like a starving man being offered a sumptuous buffet. Her soft lips eased open beneath his, begging him to deepen the kiss. He obliged, rubbing his tongue against hers as she tasted him just as thoroughly.

He ached to touch her. He broke away from her long enough to yank off his goggles and gloves. She hastily did the same. As if of one mind, they didn’t stop there, stripping out of their flight gear with quick, purposeful movements. When Ty was done, he helped Kyr remove the rest of her clothing. Then they came together in a mad rush, their mouths once again finding each other in a searing kiss.

Open your mind to me, Kyr thought. Only to me.

Yes. Only you.

He barely processed her demand over the raging need coursing through his body, but understood what she wanted. Since their first time joining here in the Dark Lands, he had learned that he had to keep a barrier between them when they made love. If he didn’t, they ran the risk of their joined power spiraling out of control like it had that time. On the more practical side, there was also the fact that if he allowed himself to feel everything she felt, their lovemaking would be over practically before it started.

Trust in us, she encouraged him as her hands ran along the muscles of his arms and chest.

Heedless of the consequences, he did as she asked, fully opening his mind to hers.

 

Buy Rise of the Faire-Amanti:

Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ B&N ~ iBooks ~ Kobo

 

Haven’t read the first two books in the series? Start with Return of the Ascendant today!

 

Buy Return of the Ascendant:

Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ B&N ~ iBooks ~ Kobo

 

WATCH THE SERIES TRAILER

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About the Author:

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Connect with Raine:

Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Pinterest ~Linkedin ~ Website ~ Blog

Amazon Author Page

 

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the launch of Rise of the Faire-Amanti, Raine is offering a Kindle Paperwhite to one lucky winner! This giveaway will only run for TWO DAYS (12/14 & 12/15).

To enter, please visit Raine’s author page on Facebook and Like, Comment (on the giveaway post), and Share. You could win a Kindle just in time for the holidays!



In anticipation of the release of City in Embers, we’ve decided to do an epic giveaway to celebrate the much anticipated release of her book!!!!

Releases on February 4, 2015

Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.

Add it on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1v5R2wX
 
Stay informed by signing up for Stacey’s mailing list: http://bit.ly/1B6SqYm

So what do we have for you lovelies for this Epic giveaway?

Grand prize US ONLY

How about a Kindle Fire 6

Also, any one of Stacey’s ebooks (2 winners open to International and US )! 

Wait there’s more… a $10.00 GC to Amazon (2 winners Open to international and US

Hurry enter today, you don’t want to miss out on this amazing giveaway! 

Enter this Rafflecopter Giveaway

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About Stacey Marie Brown

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She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.



It’s DECEMBER 1st!  You know what THAT means?!!  It’s time for a new monthly Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway!  It’s also the end of my review hiatus from November… meaning reviews are back on the metaphorical menu–starting tomorrow!

But I digress… we’re onto the FORTY-THIRD Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly, A Book Vacation!

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve read them all–but my reviews aren’t yet live.  When they are, I’ll include the links for your viewing pleasure and to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

  • Echo Bridge by Kristen O’Toole
  • Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
  • Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay
  • Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • God’s Formula by James LePore
  • Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on January 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

Happy Holidays Red and Gold



It’s time for another awesome giveaway!!!  This month I’ve joined the lovely Val, from Stuck In Books, on her Twelve Days of New Adult Giveaway Hop, and I’m excited to show you what you can win!!!

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Ready?  I have three Marata Eros novels, signed, up for grabs!  You can win:

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A Terrible Love, a galley of A Brutal Tenderness, and The Darkest Joy 

 

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on December 12th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

To enter even more giveaway hops, jump on over to Stuck in Books to see them all, or click this linky to view all the blogs that are part of this hop.

Happy Holidays Red and Gold

 



My stop on the No Blog Left Behind Giveaway Hop is dedicated to ARCs.

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ARCs, otherwise known as Advanced Reader Copies, are a truly beautiful concept, since, you know, no one wants to wait ages to read a book… especially a sequel to one we truly love.  I mean, the suspense alone can kill, and because of this, I am thankful that ARCs exist.  And I’d like to share this love with you.

What’s up for grabs?

207019941. Yolo by Lauren Myracle–this is an ARC that released in August this year.

Through texts and messages, the mega-bestselling, beloved Internet Girls series followed the ups and downs of school for three very different, very close friends.

Now it’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome, and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart.

Maddie’s in California, Zoe’s in Ohio, and Angela’s back in Georgia. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools, and Maddie’s boyfriend, Ian, is on the other side of the country.

In the face of change and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close, and it involves embracing the present, making memories, and . . . roller derby! Using of-the-moment technology, Lauren Myracle brings her groundbreaking series into the brave new virtual world of texting and tweets.

231491322.  The Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow–this is an ARC that releases in May 2015

At the dawn of the twentieth century, thousands of immigrants are arriving in the promised land of New York City. Twelve-year-old Sarah has always dreamed of America, a land of freedom and possibility. In her small village she stares at a postcard of the Statue of Liberty and imagines the Lady beckoning to her. When Sarah and her mother finally journey across the Atlantic, though, tragedy strikes—and Sarah finds herself being sent back before she even sets foot in the country.

Yet just as Sarah is ushered onto the boat that will send her away from the land of her dreams, she makes a life-or-death decision. She daringly jumps off the back of the boat and swims as hard as she can toward the Lady’s island and a new life.

Her leap of faith leads her to an unbelievable hiding place: the Statue of Liberty itself. Now Sarah must find a way to Manhattan while avoiding the statue’s night watchman and scavenging enough food to survive. When a surprising ally helps bring her to the city, Sarah finds herself facing new dangers and a life on her own. Will she ever find a true home in America?

From acclaimed author Robert Sharenow comes this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, perfect for fans of Inside Out & Back Again and Number the Stars.

225738563. Little Peach by Peggy Kern–this is an ARC that releases in March 2015

What do you do if you’re in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and will end at 12:01am EST on November 30th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

AND… make sure you enter the other giveaway hops on the No Blog Left Behind Website!

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And Don’t Forget to Enter my Other Epic Giveaways:

Win YOUR CHOICE of ONE of these Recent Releases (ENDS December 1) International:

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Win Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvated, plus tons of swag (ENDS December 17) International:

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A few of my giveaways recently ended, so I thought… let’s do another!  YES!  Here you go…

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What you’ll win:

  • Hardcopy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue–complete with a doodle inside, penned my Maggie herself
  • Maggie Stiefvater signed book plate–which you can stick inside your book, or just use as a keepsake
  • Alien and Angelfall tattoos
  • Signed Jordyn trading card, Jordyn bookmark, Jordyn Sticker (Tiffany King)
  • Signed Sole Survivor bookmark and Soul Survivor free ebook code (Michelle N. Files)
  • Signed White Hot Kiss bookmark (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  • Signed Ink Series bookmark (Bella Roccaforte)
  • Signed Devotion bookmark (Kristie Cook)
  • Signed Reality bookmark (Dani Hart)
  • Signed Healed trading card (Becca Vincenza)
  • Signed C.L. Foster bookmark
  • The Dark bookmark (Heather Self)
  • Beneath trading Card (Cambria Hebert)
  • Celestina Silvenfare card (Kelly Lynne)
  • The Reflective and The Darkest Joy cards (Tamara Rose Blodgett/Marata Eros)
  • Timeless Sky sticker (Paulina Ulrich)
  • The Protector Series bookmark (M.R. Merrick)
  • A Book Vacation magnet
  • SPQR and girl button

Excited?

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

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This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY and will end at 12:01am EST on December 17th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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UtopYA 2014 Fan of the Year, Tammie Zimmerman, has graciously donated a full exhibitor space for giveaway!  That’s right, you can win an ENTIRE exhibitor table for Friday, June 19, 2015!

Exhibitor Space

 

This is a ONE DAY table for Friday, June 19, 2015.  The table will be located in the lobby.

Here’s everything that comes with it:

2 chairs = two General Admission tickets (if you already bought a ticket, we will refund the ticket).

  • You may sell merchandise & giveaway swag – “MERCHANDISE” INCLUDES BOOKS

  • Exhibitor Widget/Badge for your web site

  • Complimentary Wi-fi included

  • Featured in official utopYA 2015 informational materials, either online or in print

  • Volunteer help to load-in, load-out

  • Promotion in social media posts

  • Eligible for prizes in the utopYA 2015 “Time-tastic” Exhibitor Contest: winners will be voted on by the attendees at utopYA 2015 and prizes will be given to winners at closing ceremonies the morning of Sunday, June 21, 2015. Prizes awarded for:

    1. Best decorations

    2. Best swag

    3. Best solo booth

    4. Best shared booth

    5. Best utopYA 2015-themed booth

It is the WINNER’S responsibility to let us know who will be using those tickets so that they can be officially registered in the system.

Giveaway ends November 24, 2014.

Enter using this Rafflecopter for a chance to win!

 

And don’t forget, tickets go on sale for the conference on November 28, 2014! 



It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the FORTY-SECOND Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly, A Book Vacation!

 

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on December 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



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Happy November! For my stop on the Books I’m Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop, I’m giving away a signed paperback of White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, as well as lots of signed swag and goodies.  Why?  Because I’m grateful I read this amazing novel–the novel that started my love affair with all books by Armentrout, and, well, swag is awesome, right?

Synopsis of White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

White Hot KissOne kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

This book is FABULOUS, and I’ve been lucky enough to meet Jennifer L. Arementrout many times over the past few years… the latest giving me an opportunity to pick up a copy of White Hot Kiss for giveaway, because I am always looking to give back to my faithful readers, and what better to do so than with a signed giveaway of one of my favorite books?

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Check out everything you can win:

  • White Hot KissSigned Paperback of White Hot Kiss by Jannifer L. Armentrout
  • FREE Ebook Code for Soul Survivor by Michelle N. Files
  • Guitar Pick for “Half Blood” from the Jennifer Armentrout
  • The Marked Men Coaster–signed by Jay Crownover
  • Enchanted Heart Poker Chip and Cell Phone Cleaner from Mindy Ruiz
  • Ashlyn Chase pen

Signed Bookmarks from:

  • Bella Roccaforte—The Ink Series
  • Michelle N. Files—Soul Survivor
  • Tammara Webber—Contours of the Heart Series
  • Tiffany King—The Saving Angels Series
  • Elizabeth Kirke–Semester Aboard
  • Amy Evans–Clicks Series
  • Wendy Higgins–The Sweet Trilogy

Bookmarks from:

  • Angie Stanton
  • M.R. Merrick
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Scholastic–Harry Potter

Magnets from:

  • Elizabeth Kirke—Semester Aboard
  • Elizabeth Kirke–Carved in Cherry
  • Elizabeth Kirke–Snow Bound
  • M.R. Merrick–The Protector Series
  • A Book Vacation Reviews

Cards from:

  • Marata Eros
  • Hollie Westring
  • House of Diamonds
  • Natasha Boyd–Signed Eversea
  • Elizabeth Kirke
  • Tiffany King—The Write Stuff
  • Georgia Cates–The Sin Trilogy

Temporary Tattoos:

  • Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
  • Alien
  • Tribal Band

Buttons:

  • “SPQR—HeroesofOlympus”
  • “Flying Horse—HeroesofOlympus”
  • “I want my own Gloresti”
  • “Keep Calm and Date a Royal”
  • “Star Wars–Jedi Academy”

Stickers:

  • Jordyn by Tiffany King
  • P.T. Michelle
  • Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace

Rubber Bracelets:

  • Heaven and Hell Series–Cambria Herbert
  • Keep Calm and Find An Aquarathi–Amalia Howard

Key Chains:

  • The Maurin Kincaide Series–Rachel Rawlings
  • House of Diamonds–Mindy Ruiz

****disclaimer, this SIGNED COPY has a KISS Sticker in it–overlapping a misspelled name, which you’ll never see because the sticker covers it.  If you’re NOT okay with this kiss sticker, don’t enter the giveaway.****

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Excited?

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on November 14th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

To enter even more giveaway hops, jump on over to Stuck in Books to see them all, or click this linky to view all the blogs that are part of this hop.

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Giveaway Hops are fun, don’t you think? You get to do something fun and visit other blogs participating and see what everyone else is giving away. I find the whole thing fascinating.

What is a giveaway hop?

A giveaway hop is when a group of bloggers/sites come together and they each host a giveaway on their site. There’s a theme and general fun and support for everyone involved.

What are the rules?

  1. You must host a giveaway on your blog. You are responsible for obtaining the prize and any shipping costs.
  2. Your giveaway must include the Hop banner/graphic. It should also include a link to the Hop’s host site.
  3. If you want to do a mandatory entry, only one please. Also, no more than 5 option entries.
  4. Your post must be live by 9:01 A.M. EST on November 24th.
  5. The giveaway must be hop specific. As this is for Thanksgiving, it can be anything you’re thankful for in the book world. Examples include specific books, gift cards, etc.
  6. Please include ‘No Blog Left Behind’ in your title and in the post.

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Welcome To The No Blog Left Behind Giveaway Hop!
Please enter the link of your giveaway post, not your blog’s main URL.
 State US or INT at the end of your Blog Name so readers know where to enter.
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I am a hoarder of sorts.  A collector, if you will…  of signed books and swag.  I love them, and I love to share them with my beloved readers… so over the past few months, I’ve been collecting (or hoarding) books and swag that I’ve picked up at various conferences… most of which is from UtopYA 2014 (because, let’s face it, that was the most epic conference ever and I can’t wait for UtopYA 2015)!

And today seems like a fine day to run an epic giveaway.  Yes?

Here’s a detailed list of everything you can win:

What you’ll win:

Epic Giveaway

  • Signed paperback of Take Me To Your Reader by Tammy Blackwell, Amy A. Bartol, Amanda Havard, Sarah Ross, Tiffany King, Raine Thomas, Heather Hildenbrand, and C.A. Kunz (signed by all the authors)
  • Signed paperback of The Light Tamer by Devyn Dawson
  • Signed paperback of Blood Debt by Nancy Straight
  • Signed paperback of The One by Heather Self
  • Signed paperback of Soul Survivor by Michelle N. Files
  • Signed paperback of Spirits and Spells by Hollie Westring
  • Signed Tote Bag–Amy Evans
  • Wildflower Seed Packet signed by Elizabeth Sharp
  • Temporary Tattoos: Alien and Spade
  • Tissues from Michelle N. Files
  • Cell Phone Cleaner from Mindy Ruiz
  • Signed Coaster from Amy Miles–Captive
  • Lip Balm–Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon
  • One Tiny Secret by T.A. Kunz Trading Card
  • The Dark by Heather Self–Card
  • My Endless Endings Pen

PLUS:

Signed Bookmarks from:

  • Maggie Stiefvater—The Raven Boys
  • Brenda Pandos—The Sapphire Talisman
  • Brenda Pandos–Everlost
  • Georgia Cates—Beauty From Surrender
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout—Don’t Look Back
  • Bella Roccaforte—The Ink Series
  • Dani Hart—A Firefighter’s Flame
  • Dani Hart–Reality
  • Casey Peeler—No Turning Back
  • C.L. Foster—Light and Shadows Collide
  • Jon Messenger—Wind Warrior
  • Kristie Cook—Purpose
  • Kristie Cook—The Space Within
  • Becca Vincenza–Healed
  • Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels–Project Ele
  • Devri Walls–Wings of Arian
  • Emma Shade–Finding Obscurity
  • T.A. Kunz–With Hunter Olivia
  • Misty Provencher–Full of Grace
  • Paulina Ulrich–Chosen
  • Kelly Risser–Never Forgotten
  • Stacey Marie Brown–Blood Beyond Darkness

Bookmarks from:

  • Tiffany King—Jordyn: The Final Battle
  • Megan Curd—Steel Lily
  • Stuck in Books
  • Paulina Urlich–Flightless Birds Book Thong
  • Misty Provencher–Stronger

Keychains:

  • Return of the Ascendant by Raine Thomas
  • House of Spades and Poker Chip from Mindy Ruiz
  • Clicks and Dolphin by Amy Evans
  • Dani Hart Bottle Cap
  • Angel Wing

Magnets from:

  • Elizabeth Kirke—Snow Bound
  • Raine Thomas—Becoming
  • Elizabeth Kirke—Semester Aboard
  • A Book Vacation Reviews
  • Miranda Kavi—Rue and Rive
  • P.K. Hrezo
  • Chris Cannon–Going Down in Flames
  • P.K. Hrezo–Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler
  • Amy Evans–Jellybean Kisses
  • Stories About Melissa
  • Krystal Wade

Signed Cards from:

  • Becca Vincenza–Damaged
  • Nely Cab–Forever Begins
  • Georgia Cates–Beauty From Love
  • Courtney Farrell–Bait
  • Kelly Risser–Never Forgotten

Buttons:

  • 5 from Casey L. Bond
  • Lucky Number Four by Amanda Jason
  • T.A. Kunz
  • “I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie”
  • “Keep Calm and Read a Bethany Lopez Novel”
  • “Don’t Eat the Food–Through Glass”
  • “I went to Area 51 and all I got was a stupid implant”
  • Fair Feathered–Paulina Ulrich
  • Curiosity Quills
  • Illusions Begin by N.L. Greene

Stickers:

  • Flightless Birds by Paulina Ulrich (signed)
  • Lucky Number Four Amanda Jason
  • Jordyn by Tiffany King
  • Author Paulina Ulrich
  • Witch Hunter Olivia by T.A. Kunz (signed)

Rubber Bracelets:

  • #ExpandYourClump
  • C.L. Foster—”Ninja in Training
  • Dani Hart—”A Firefighter’s Flame”
  • KristenDayBooks
  • Green and Black

Candy:

  • Blue Sucker
  • 4 Stick Candies from Karice Bolton

Jewelry:

  • Angel Wing Necklace from Devri Walls
  • The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne–Pendant
  • Abberant by Ruth Silven–Charm
  • Dark Reflections by Elizabeth Sharp Bottle Cap–Charm
  • Rout of the Dem-Shyr by Raine Thomas–Charm
  • Dolphin Ring from Amy Evans
  • Necklace from Anne Elliot

And breathe…

Excited?

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on November 20th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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And Don’t Forget to Enter my Other Epic Giveaway:

Win YOUR CHOICE of ONE of these Recent Releases (ENDS November 1) International:

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Scratch by Rhonda Helms

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: September 30th 2014

Genres: New Adult, Romance

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The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that’s the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she’s reserved, practical–all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she’s put up. Like Casey, he’s a senior. In every other way, he’s her opposite.

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can’t fathom, he’s intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that’s messy and unpredictable. He doesn’t know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach–or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.

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Excerpt:

“I can’t possibly eat one more bite of potato salad. Oh my God.” Daniel moaned and lay back on the blanket, cupping his hands over his still-flat belly, despite his grumbles. “I’m so full, my pants are literally going to explode off of me.”

“As my English prof would point out, you mean figuratively,” I said in a prim tone. “If your pants literally exploded, we’d be in a world of legal trouble, since this is a public park. And as punishment for your grammar error, I’m making you eat the rest of this potato salad.” I scooped a heaping spoonful out of our bowl and shoved it toward his face.

He sat up and mock glared at me. Dappled sunlight from the setting sun spilled across the dark mop of his head, hit his deep green irises. Before I could react, he grabbed the spoon and flung it, loaded potato salad and all, across the park. “Oh, crap. Sorry, it slipped.”

“Litterer!” I cried out, looking around like I was seeking a police officer. Not that there was anyone else around us except for a couple of young kids playing on the swing set nearby.sdfgaergrgtaer ag

Daniel tackled me to the ground and dug his fingers against my right side, where I was super-ticklish. “Narc!” he said, laughing hysterically.

“You jerk!” I swatted up at him and scrambled to get away. I stood and wiped the bottom of my shorts with a huff. “That was a perfectly good spoon.”

He raised an eyebrow. “I’ll buy you another.”

“It was part of a set.” I tugged my tank top down to make sure my abdomen was covered. Thankfully, Daniel had stayed away from my scarred side.

“I’ll buy you six, then.”

“You have an answer for everything, don’t you.” I chuckled.

He stood, peering down at me. His eyes were light and dancing, and my heart hadn’t felt this light in a couple of days— not since my moodiness back in the library. His hand slid along my unscarred side again, but instead of torture-tickling me, his fingers slipped and danced over my tank top. The warmth of his touch still seared me, despite the barrier.

“Not everything,” he murmured, his attention turning to my mouth. His fingers tightened incrementally on my hip. Something shifted then, sexual tension crackling in the air between us.

I automatically licked my lips, and his eyes flared. I stepped closer. I needed to taste his mouth, right now.

“Oooooooooh!” a high-pitched kid’s voice said from behind me. “They’re gonna kiss!”

I closed my eyes as a light flush stole over my cheeks.

Daniel’s mouth hovered close enough to me that I could feel his breath huffing against my skin. “I need to kiss you,” he said, and the raw edge in his tone had my eyes flying open.

Yes, the need was right there, unmasked, unashamed, completely bared to me. I felt my body respond, my core tightening, heart thudding, hands trembling.

I nodded, leaned my face up. My mouth already hungered for his.

He brushed his mouth against mine, a butterfly touch that didn’t satisfy the growing pulse in me. “Not here,” he said, his words barely a whisper. “I want you alone.”

Alone. The ache I heard in that one word sent shivers of anticipation across my skin. My flesh burst into thousands of vibrant tingles. I gave a mute nod. I wanted it too.

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Interview with Rhonda Helms:

Music is a strong running element in SCRATCH, which even includes a playlist at the end. How has music factored in your own life?

I started in music when I was 9—I played clarinet. Stayed involved in band through high school and college. I sang in a jazz ensemble, was a singer in a cover band, and I even DJ’d for a while. In short, music was a huge part of my life for a long time. I miss performing and have even been considering getting involved in it again!

Where did you get the idea for SCRATCH?

Part of it came from a real-life incident I’d heard that had stuck with me for many years. I always wondered what had happened to the girl who’d gone through such a traumatic event. How did she cope? How did she move on to love and trust again? This book was my exploration of how a woman who’d gone through hell could move forward and find real happiness.

Which scene in SCRATCH was the hardest for you to write?

Oh, it had to be the scene where Casey confesses to Daniel about her past. Finally opens up and divulges the painful truth. I sobbed as I wrote it—her pain was so vivid to me that I couldn’t shake it off for a while afterward. That was actually one of the hardest scenes I’ve ever written in my whole publishing career.

What is the follow-up book to SCRATCH?

The sequel to SCRATCH is BREAK YOUR HEART, which is her roommate Megan’s story. I can’t wait for you guys to read it—this one’s a little sexier, a little scandalous. And Nick is so foxy. ;-) Coming end of July, 2015!

You write young adult novels too—what do you have coming out in teen romance?

Next year I have two teen romances coming out with Simon Pulse—SPARKS IN SCOTLAND, which is a Scotland-set story about a girl who falls for a local Scottish boy while on vacation, and PROMPOSAL, which follows a girl and her best guy friend as they navigate love and drama during prom season. You can go to rhondahelmsbooks.com to find out more about the other teen romances I have out, too!

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dsggfheAbout the author:

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago and loves writing teen and New Adult romance. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also freelance edits manuscripts.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, two kids, a dog and a really loud cat. Visit her website at http://www.rhondahelmsbooks.comfor more information about her and her releases.

Links:

Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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A $25 iTunes gift card (INT)

An e-copy of ALL I EVER WANTED (INT)

A paperback copy of Scratch (US/Canada)

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