What I’m Reading: Week in Review (8/31/13)

 

Oh, I am soooo in denial that tomorrow is September first. Actually, it’s in an hour and a half, but I’m still going to label it tomorrow because that makes me feel better.

See? Not just a river in Egypt. It’s all in my head, and I’m fine with that.

With the dreaded “S” word starting soon, I haven’t been able to read as much this week as I wanted to, darn it. I’m still working my way through Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, and if I can finish it by the end of next week I’ll be fairly content. I’ve finished the research and rationale parts; now I’m into the lesson plans.

In the beginning of the week I re-read Natalie Anderson’s Gamble in Gold (re-released as a single Friday) and finished the last two of the three Ever After novellas that were coming out on Monday–Diane Alberts’s Take Me and Kathy Lyons’s One Night in the Spa. I reviewed all of them here earlier in the week. Take Me was definitely my favorite of the entire Take a Chance series, and I’m really hoping Diane will give Alistair his own story soon. (hint, hint!)

I read The Awakening: Liam on Monday. Even though I’d fully intended to spend a good chunk of the day in my classroom working, I just couldn’t put it down and stayed home and read instead. Liam was totally enabling my denial, and I just couldn’t hold it against him. I had the first book in the series (The Awakening: Aidan) on my Kindle wish list before I was even halfway through Liam’s.

I had faculty meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, which slowed down my print reading quite a bit–but I did start Kendra Leigh Castle’s The Demon’s Desire and am really, really liking it so far.

Anyone have extra reading time to spare? I’m in the market for some!

On audio, I finished The Mortal Instruments: City of BonesI liked it, and have already put book two on my iPod for future listening. The narrator was decent, though sometimes she forgot to change her voice from female mode into male, which threw me a bit. It was only mildly distracting, though. I think I’m going to wait to start book two until after we see the movie, which is planned for next Saturday. Has anyone seen it? Thoughts?

Next I picked up the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series–Omens. I love, love, love Armstrong’s Otherworld series and the YA Darkest Powers/Darkness Rising series, so I had really high hopes for her newest book. For much of it, though, I was really torn. I wasn’t a huge fan of Olivia Jones, the novel’s protagonist and narrator. For much of the book I wasn’t even sure I liked her all that much. A big part of the reason–but not all of it–was the narrator of the audiobook–she sounded much older than a twenty-four-year old should, and it really bugged me. The secondary narrator who read all the other parts would have been a much better choice, I thought. I had to keep reminding myself that Olivia was only twenty-four when she’d do something on the immature side, because she didn’t sound young at all. For the first three quarters of the novel I really wasn’t all that crazy about it, but things really start coming together toward the end and I ended up liking it much more than I thought I would.

I really hope the narrator changes for book two, though.

I finally gave up on waiting for Mini Moe #2 to find time to finish listening to The Mark of Athena with me, and finished it myself. Darn you, Rick Riordan and your cliffhanger endings! At least I’ve only got a few short(!) months to wait for the next book, House of Hadesout on October 8. Man, can that guy write.

Just started Victoria Dahl’s Lead Me On today–am only a few chapters in. It seems like a fun read to finish up the summer with–hopefully it will keep me pleasantly distracted while working on my room tomorrow. And Monday. And Tuesday. (Though I’ll probably be on a second or third book by then. Sadly, I have a lot of work to do in my classroom.)

So many books, so little summer left. What are you reading this week?

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Books on Sale: Get Ready for Pemberley Digital’s Emma Adaptation with the Kindle Daily Deal!

 

If you watched last year’s breakout YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (and if you haven’t, why the heck not? It’s beyond addicting, and at least now you can watch all 100 episodes back-to-back and not have to wait a painfully long time to see William Darcy, or their first kiss, or….), then you probably know that the next full-length adaptation in the works is Austen’s Emma, to be called Emma Approved.

(Twitter handle: @EmmaApproved. On Facebook at Emma Approved.)

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal includes more than twenty titles that are “great reads for college students”. Six of the titles are graphic novels, including Marvel’s adaptation of Emma for $2.99. Perfect timing! Now in addition to watching one of the fine film adaptations out there (The 2007 one is good, and I do love Jeremy Northam’s 1996 version, because hello–Jeremy Northam–but BBC’s 2009 one is absolutely fantastic. Three words: Jonny Lee Miller) and reading the “regular” print version and/or listening to the audio ($2.99 at Audible when you buy the Kindle version for $.99; thanks, Whispersync), you can also read the graphic novel to prepare!

I’m not the only one preparing, right? Just like I’m not the only one’s who’s found the YouTube collection of all Will Darcy’s LBD videos and watched them? More than once? (Don’t do this at home without watching the whole series through at least once, though. That’s cheating.)

I totally didn’t have them playing while I typed this, either. Honest.

Please, please, please Pemberley Digital people: pick as awesome a cast for Emma Approved as you did for Lizzie Bennet Diaries!

Won the Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Original Interactive Program!

Not that I’m really worried. I’m just sayin’.

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Book Review and New Release: The Awakening: Liam (The Awakening #2)

Title: The Awakening: Liam
Author: Abby Niles
Series: The Awakening
Genre: Paranormal romance
Published: 2013
Pages: 209
Format read: ebook
Rating: B+

The Awakening series takes place in a world where shifters exist in secret and are “bonded” to their true love for life…which is awesome if their mate is interested, but can lead to insanity of she is not. This is the second book in the series; I haven’t read the first yet (The Awakening: Aidan), so I didn’t get of the details of exactly how this world works. Enough of it was explained throughout the course of the novel, though, that I really didn’t feel as if I missed out.

I do, however, feel as if I should read the first book. Just to balance out my understanding of the world it takes place in, you understand. 😉

Shifter Liam Doyle was left by Ava Michaels, his human mate, in book one of the series for reasons unknown.  Her rejection has resulted in a devastating condition that leaves him angry, bitter, helpless–and privy to all the emotions that Ava is experiencing as she experiences them.  As his book opens, Liam believes he feels Ava die.

Ava’s not dead, though; she’s become shifter bait. Soon both she and Liam are under the control of a madman, and a horrible game of revenge and torture begins. Will either of them make it out alive?

I literally read this book in one sitting–from the very first page I needed to know how Liam and Ava could escape their captor and somehow manage to be together again. Their time in captivity reminded me of reading The Silence of the Lambs, and made for a taut and adrenalin-charged plotline.

Liam is–wow. A fantastic hero. Though his pride sometimes gets in the way of giving others much-needed clarity (I’m not going to let her know how truly wretched I’ll be without her, is an often-repressed sentiment), his sheer overall awesomeness made it really tough to understand why Ava could willingly make his life so hellish. I think I’m glad that I read this book before Aidan’s, because I’m not sure I’d have been able to really warm up to Ava without knowing exactly why it is that she has left Liam. We find out her reasons  in this book about a third of the way in–and once the explanation is made, she’s a much more sympathetic character all around.

Once the villain and his motivations are revealed, the book finishes up swiftly…maybe a tad too quickly, but the HEA is still satisfying overall. My first peek into this shifter universe definitely left me wanting more–could cop shifter Brit’s book be next, possibly?

Hmm. A shifter in uniform. I hope so!

In a nutshell: An enthralling paranormal romance in a unique world setting. A strong B+ for an author I’ll definitely be reading again.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Baltimore Book Festival–It’s Coming! (And We’re Hopefully Going!)

Mini Moe #2 and I were beyond excited to hear that MEG CABOT is going to be at the Baltimore Book Festival next month! Here’s the details from their website:

ENTER A WORLD OF LITERARY ADVENTURE THIS FALL WITH THE
BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2013

From best-selling books and e-readers to celebrity and local authors, come celebrate the art of the written word at the Baltimore Book Festival. The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts returns on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 from noon to 8pm and Sunday, September 29 from noon to 7pm in Mount Vernon Place, centered on the 600 block of North Charles Street.

The 2013 author highlights include Gar Alperovitz, What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution; Peggielene “King Peggy” Bartels, King Peggy, the One Maryland One Book, presented by the Maryland Humanities Council; Meg Cabot, Size 12 is the New Black; and Jason Mott, The Returned. Presenting authors are announced periodically, throughout the period preceding the festival. The 18th annual Baltimore Book Festival is presented by Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

The three-day festival features more than 200 celebrated novelists and celebrity and regional authors, readings, panel discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations, workshops, exhibitors, children’s activities, live music and an assortment of foods and beverages, located throughout the site.

Programs for the festival take place on 11 stages, including the Literary Salon, Food for Thought Stage, Children’s Bookstore Stage, CityLit Stage, Radical Bookfair Pavilion, Maryland Romance Writers, Third Eye Comics, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, The George Peabody Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Baltimore Book Festival Music Stage.

#Booklovers can get a first look at presenting authors and news from the Baltimore Book Festival, literary-related events and top selling books at @facebook.com/BaltimoreBookFestival and on Twitter by following @BmoreBookFest.

For more information on the Baltimore Book Festival, call 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit www.baltimorebookfestival.org.

Free! It’s free! All you have to do is get yourself to Baltimore (where my brother very conveniently lives–thanks, Bro-man!) and carefully plan your three days of book-related goodness and author stalking presentations. The schedule is now up, so plan away….

There’s even an app, to make your planning easier:

I think I’m going to be camped out at the Maryland Romance Writer’s Stage for most of it. Not only will there be lots of fabulous authors there, but their schedule includes items like “Jane Austen Fiction” (celebrating the 100th anniversary of P&P!), “Chocolate & Romance” (with free samples!), “Blogging About Books” (self-explanatory), “Craft: Plotting vs. Pantsing” (just in time for NaNoWriMo!), “The Part-Time Writer” (ditto), “Paranormal Bad Boys” (again, no explanation needed), and more!

Seriously. They use the word plethora on their site (as in, the “Baltimore Book Festival has a plethora of activities for festival goers”). Obviously, I must go.

I’m (cough, cough!) feeling a little ill. I think I should get a substitute for the entire week, don’t you? Just to properly prepare myself….

Have you ever been to a book festival? Would you want to go if you had the chance?

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Covet Release Day Blast! Two New Releases and a GIVEAWAY!

Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and LIKE their Facebook page.

Today I’m happy to be featuring Covet’s August releases!!

 

The Awakening: Liam by Abby Niles
The Awakening #2


Shifter, Liam Doyle knows Hell. At least he believed he did. The night he feels his mate die, he learns how very wrong he was. Nothing he’d struggled with since Ava’s rejection compares to the emptiness that fills his soul by her death. Lost in his grief, he’s taken by surprise and drugged. When he wakes, everything changes. Nothing is what it seems, and someone is dead set on making him pay.

When Ava Michaels is taken captive, she’s thrust into a dark and terrifying world along with the man she was forced to leave behind. While being near Liam again is heartbreaking, the motive behind her kidnapping is gradually revealed. The more she learns, the more she worries Liam isn’t the man she believed him to be. He has enemies willing to do anything to extract their revenge. Can their love survive a crazy man’s vengeance?

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The Demon’s Desire by Kendra Leigh Castle
Hearts of the Fallen #2

He’s as dark and dangerous as the storms he once commanded…and she can’t get him out of her heart.

Dru has spent two thousand years fighting to keep the people of Terra Noctem safe. In all that time, she’s only opened her heart to one man, with disastrous results. But when her city takes in a group of renegade Fallen, she finds herself drawn to the brooding and tormented Meresin, despite the fact that he seems to be the least redeemable of them all. When his instability hits a breaking point, Meresin’s only chance at survival is a perilous journey into a place from which few ever return. What he never expected was that confronting his demons would mean risking not only his future, but Dru’s as well…and that one stubborn vampire might give him back not just hope…but his heart.

 

About Abby:
 

Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.

In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her though. She found herself some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting.

And eventually sold a short story, then a novella, then a novel, and now a series.

Today, she juggles work, home life, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?

In her downtime, which isn’t often, you can find her playing ‘Just Dance’ with her kids or trying to catch up on her never-ending to-be-read list. She also loves Zumba, and refuses to admit she looks more like Animal doing his Muppet flail than a sensual Latin dancer.

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About Kendra:

Kendra Leigh Castle was born and raised in the far and frozen reaches of Northern New York, where there was plenty of time to cultivate her love of reading thanks to the six-month-long winters. Sneaking off with selections from her mother’s vast collection of romance novels came naturally and fairly early, and a lifelong love of the Happily Ever After was born. After graduating from SUNY Oswego (where it also snowed a lot) with a teaching degree, Kendra ran off with a handsome young Navy fighter pilot and has somehow accumulated three children, three dogs, and one enormous cat during their many moves.

While stationed in a remote corner of the Nevada desert, Kendra penned her first romance, and a career often spent working in fuzzy slippers and pajamas was born. Her work has garnered both critical praise and award nominations, but the best part has been connecting with readers who share her love of dark romance (not to mention heroes with sharp, pointed teeth). Kendra currently lives in Maryland, and can usually be found curled up with her laptop and yet another cup of coffee working on her next book. She loves to hear from her readers, and can be contacted via email or her Facebook page.

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Book Review and New Release: Take Me by Diane Alberts (Taking a Chance #4)

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Title: Take Me
Author: Diane Alberts
Genre: contemporary romance
Published: 2013
Pages:
144
Format read: 
ebook
Rating: B-

It’s official: Take Me is definitely my favorite of the Take a Chance series. I liked both Mike and Morgan’s characters, and was happy with how they got to their HEA.

Middle school history teacher Mike Worth has watched his friends and siblings fall in love for three books now, all the time knowing that their path just wasn’t for him. At his best friend Garrett’s bachelor party, though, he meets the woman who just might change his mind….

Morgan Collins isn’t interested in anything long term beyond her dancing career. Knowing that her time on stage definitely comes with an expiration date, she’s glad that Mike isn’t interested in forever either. So why do they both wake up after a night on the town with suspiciously shiny rings on their left hands?

Ah, a teacher hero. Really, what more can I want? Though I do have to say, he didn’t have to do nearly the amount of prep work that I do when a sub is coming in, which I find grossly unfair, even if it is fiction. But I digress….

For a we-got-drunk-and-got-married story, this one was fairly believable. I was a bit concerned for a while there that Morgan was going to make a sacrifice that I didn’t think she should have to make to get them to their happy ending, but thankfully Ms. Alberts didn’t have her go that route. A sweet little epilogue wrapped the series up nicely, putting all the series characters together in one place for readers to enjoy.

(Although…what about Alistair? I’d love to see him get his own story….)

In a nutshell: a short and sweet novella that makes a fairly unbelievable premise almost believable. Entertaining read with likable characters. B- rating.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review and New Release: One Night at the Spa by Kathy Lyons

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Title: One Night at the Spa
Author: Kathy Lyons
Genre: contemporary romance
Published: 2013
Pages:
74
Format read: 
ebook
Rating: C+

One Night at the Spa is a short, steamy (pun absolutely intended), friends-to-lovers story. Kathy Lyons (who also writes as Jade Lee) is a new-to-me author, and I’ll definitely be reading more from her in the future.

Kim Castillo managed a gym, since an ACL injury has sidelined her career as a pro racquetball player. The loss of her sports career is only part of her current problem, though. All the years of excessive exercise have put her libido on ice, and now that her fitness routine has become more “normal”, her sex drive is waking up for the first time. Her best friend David, who manages the spa next door to the gym, senses her distress and offers her a night at his spa to heal what ails her.

David Pepke has been firmly in the friend zone with Kim for three long years, and is determined to get out of it before it kills him. He’s definitely got ulterior motives in mind when he suggests that Kim come for a night of pampering. Can he convince her to take their relationship to the next level?

I enjoyed Kim and David’s relationship, and the scenes at the spa were well done–a nice blend of compassion and steam. Plus, they really left me wanting a massage. Even the regular variety would be fine. 😉

Where the book started to lose me, though, was the secondary plot. Without spoiling anything, let me say that there’s something else going on with David besides his hidden feelings for Kim…and the novella really could have done without that detour. It gets resolved in the end, but everything there felt a little bit too pat and nice and quickly wrapped up with a bow. For a novella of this length, I would have liked to see more about David’s character revealed in those pages, and that aspect of the plot dropped.

In a nutshell: an entertaining read from an author I’d be glad to see more of in the future. B- rating.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Books on Sale: Audible Joins the “Deal of the Day” Fun (because I clearly needed to spend MORE money on books….)

All part of their evil plot, I’m sure…

Audible is kicking off their brand new “Deal of the Day” promotion today, offering Life of Pi on audio for just $3.95. Just last night one of my Quilt Night friends said she’d seen the movie and loved it, so this just seems oddly fortuitous, doesn’t it?

She hasn’t read the book yet, but a colleague of hers did and said that they were very close. Has anyone else read it and seen the movie? What did you think?

In related news, Amazon’s Daily Deal has I am Number Four on sale for $2.99 ( and you can add audio for $6.99, darn you, Amazon). The Mini Moes and I all listened to it when it first came out (and both of them read the print version as well) and really enjoyed it…the movie version changed a lot, naturally, though they both still liked it. Anyway, Alex Pettyfer isn’t any hardship to watch, ever. The entire Lorein Legacies series has been really popular with my students–I’ve barely been able to keep them on the library shelves.

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August Ever After! New Releases from Entangled’s Ever After Line

Entangled’s Ever After line (publishers of romantic novellas–quick reads with a guaranteed HEA, a real win-win) has three big releases today–check them out!

 

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One Night in the Spa by Kathy Lyons

Synopsis

What starts out as a simple massage treatment for spa manager David’s best friend Kim, turns into a night of seduction and sexual discovery.

 

Always relegated to the friend zone, David is determined to show Kim what she’s been missing…one erogenous zone at a time. Sure, their friendship is on the line. And sure, David’s hiding a motive larger than either him or Kim. But the second his hands touch her smooth skin, he just doesn’t care anymore.

 

Kim’s been so focused on the loss of her sports career that she’s had no time for romance or sex. But her response to David can’t be denied. Is it just that her body’s been missing out, or could her heart be involved too?

Buy Links:

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Amazon

 

Barnes & Noble

 

Author’s Bio:

KATHY LYONS writes light, funny, sexy stories for Harlequin Blaze.  She loves the faster pace of category books and that her humor can shine through.

She leaves the dark, tortured love stories to her alter ego, Jade Lee.

 

Author’s Links:

Websites: www.kathylyons.com and www.jadeleeauthor.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JadeLeeAuthor

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JadeLeeBooks

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/568632.Kathy_Lyons

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Risky Surrender by Robin Bielman

Synopsis

Archeologist Lucy Davenport made a promise to retrieve an elusive piece of history buried in the walls of an iconic Indian village. But when she draws unwanted attention that interferes with her secret plans, she’s forced to risk it all with a man who threatens not only her goal, but the walls she’s carefully constructed around her heart.

Keats McCall is an environmental preservationist navigating the globe on behalf of heritage protection. When he catches Lucy at his latest project, he suspects she’s up to something. She secretive, sexy as hell—and has trouble written all over her. He devises a plan to keep her close so he can keep an eye on her. But what he isn’t prepared for is just how close he wants to get.

 

Buy Links

Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

 

Author’s Bio:

Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing, or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much caffeine, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers. You can find her online at www.robinbielman.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

 

(Note from Becky on Books: I loved Robin’s Kissing the Maid of Honor from Entangled’s Bliss line!)

 

Author’s Links:

Website: http://robinbielman.com

Blog: http://robinbielman.com/blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobinBielman

Facebook: http://facebook.com/RobinBielmanWriter

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/RobinBielman

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Take Me (Take a Chance #4) by Diane Alberts

Synopsis:

Married in the morning…

 

Professional heartbreaker Mike Worth thrived on the chase—and dancer Morgan Collins represented the ultimate prize. But there was no way he was going to throw away his single-man status…not even for an elusive redhead with sparkling eyes and mile-long legs. So how did he let one drunken Vegas night end with I do instead of hell no?
Morgan’s life revolved around her career and she had no intention of letting a man interfere—even if Mike made her question all her rules about love. At his urging, she reluctantly agreed to give their spur-of–moment marriage a chance. But once their trial-honeymoon ended, would she choose to follow the dance and leave her unforgettable husband behind?

 

Buy Links:

Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Author’s Bio:

Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author.  Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.
She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List, and TRY ME, hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.

 

Author’s Links:

Website: www.dianealberts.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeAlberts

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DianeAlberts6

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5081315.Diane_Alberts

 

 

Entangled Teen Ember Launch Party and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Entangled Teen Ember (a division of Entangled Teen) August 26th launch party! Today, we’re celebrating the release of DARKER DAYS  by Jus Accardo CHAOS by Christine O’Neil!

 

DARKER DAYS by Jus Accardo

 

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Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course…

 

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

 

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

 

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they’re recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing…

 

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.

 

Amazon/Barnes & Noble/ Kobo/iBooks/Goodreads

 

 

Jus Accardo: Website/Twitter/Facebook

 

(I reviewed Darker Days last week–loved it!)

 

CHAOS by Christine O’Neil

 

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My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly I can kill people when I lose my temper. Turns out I’m a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I’m stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this—annoying and super-hot—guy all up in my business, I’m about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there’s this council for semis that wants me dead. They think I’m bad to the bone and when my ex suddenly dies, it’s like everyone is determined to take me out. Mac might turn out to be my only salvation, but he’s got secrets of his own—that may just kill us both.

 

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