Blog Tour: Here (Here Trilogy) by Ella James

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Title: Here (Here #1)

Author: Ella James

Genre: YA Paranormal

Book Description:

Milo Mitchell’s life used to be charmed, but that was before her father died, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. One Saturday morning as she roams the land around her family’s Colorado wind farm, tagging deer for a project that used to be her father’s, Milo makes a big mistake: a dart from her stun-gun takes down a teenage guy.

Dressed in a Brinoi tux and armed with a perfectly starched handkerchief, the guy looks like a young James Bond – or some country’s missing, playboy prince. Trouble is, he could be either. Mr. Mystery has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and tries to get used to a hot guy sharing her bedroom.

But Milo’s Nick is more than he appears. Soon the pair find his face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick beings to have memories of Milo–who is sure she’s never met him. If ‘Nick’ survived a plunge off a steep cliffside on his way to a family camping trip, why did Milo find him dozens of miles away, wearing a freshly pressed tuxedo?  If he’s just a high-school athlete, why does he have moves like Jason Bourne? And why does he feel more for her than his surviving family?

When a train of black SUVs shows up on Mitchell property, Nick and Milo run–toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds.

A ROMANTIC MYSTERY FROM ONE OF AMAZON’S HOTTEST YA AUTHORS…
-Nominated Best YA Fantasy at the 2012 UtopYA Book Convention.
-“Wow! This first novel in the Here series is amazing!” -Hooked in a Book
-“What an imaginative and unexpected story. I really loved Here!” -BellaBunnell
-“This book was one of the best books I have ever read.” -Bookworm846
-“I was blown away!!” -Kathryn Grimes
-“It is fast-paced, logical and the characters blazed on the page. I give this a 7 out of 5-star rating.” -Wanda

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I shouldn’t have come to Milo’s house, but I was riding for my life, and when I thought about it ending, all I’d wanted—literally the only thing I thought about—was her.

It was startling, the clarity, the sense of purpose, because shortly after I saw Milo’s concert, I got mind-jacked. I didn’t know by what, but the presence had a serious hard-on for calculus and physics, other things I shouldn’t know or care about. I had a freaky suspicion that it was the Real Me, and that the Real Me was some kind of wizard/astrophysicist.

I spent two days in my bed after it happened, hung over on numbers, figures, but by the third day I could handle it. And my superpower had come back, stronger.

I knew intuitively how to control the van, how many meters away the Harley was when I landed, how to start it, how to drive it.

I ran for it as the van spun, tires screeching as it turned to come back for me. It had been modified, was faster than the bike, but I knew the town grid completely, and I’d clogged their fuel injector, which meant that ten minutes after our little chase started, I had lost them.

I doubled back, took an indirect path to get to Milo’s house. I didn’t want to leave an easy trail. When I pulled up and they were nowhere to be seen, I thought I had evaded them, told myself I had gotten away. But it wasn’t until I saw Milo that I realized what I’d done. I should have added to my lead, driven far away, stolen another bike, a car, hopped a train, gone anywhere but were I was. Where she was.

And what did I get for my utter stupidity?

Milo, wide-eyed and concerned. Milo, rubbing my back, tapping my knee. Milo heedless of the danger. Milo, achingly close.

She was leaning over me now, blowing on the scrape she’d just cleaned. “That feel any better?”

I nodded, my nose and forehead digging into her blankets.

“Good.” I felt her hand trail up my spine, then lift away and land atop my hair.

“You can go to sleep, you know. I’ll keep watch, just in case.”

I shook my head, dizzy from the pill and her soft hand. “I need to…leave…”

About Ella James

Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.

Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

To find out more about Ella’s projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog, http://www.ellajamesbooks.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at ella_f_james@ymail.com.

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Dark Gifts: Birthright by Willow Cross Blog Tour

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Today I am kicking off the Dark Gifts: Birthright blog tour with a review and a teaser!

Format:  Kindle and Paperback

Publisher: Self Published

Published Date: May 23, 2011

Pages: File size 476 KB, 224 pages

Description from Amazon.com:

For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch destined to alter the fate of both human and immortal alike. This witch-turned-vampire would be capable of harnessing the supernatural abilities of both and, in a bloody rise to power, would rule with unwavering control.

Unwillingly thrust into a world she never dreamed existed, Liz Markum is catapulted into an ancient war between rival vampire factions. She must choose between those she loves and the ever-present darkness attempting to devour her very soul.

Only one question remains: Will Liz claim her birthright or surrender to the dark gift?

One choice.

One chance.

Two destinies.

My Review:

From reading the description I was really intrigued and excited to read Birthright because it sounded like an interesting take on vampires and witches.  Once I started reading I could not get enough of it and quickly read through the book in a few days.  The story itself is a unique, entertaining take on vampires and witches, which was extremely refreshing.

The main reason I loved Birthright, is because you are quickly thrown into the story after it began.  Instead of reading about an ordinary girl and her teenage angst, you are quickly thrust into the supernatural world of vampires where Liz is being tested in order to be allowed to survive.  I really enjoyed that the story started out this way because from the first page I was hooked.  I wanted to know exactly what happened and how Liz and Michael got themselves into the situation that they are in.

Another reason I really enjoyed Birthright is because I love very strong independent  female characters.  Sometimes, in the Young Adult paranormal genre the female lead tends to be very wrapped up in her own angst and teenage problems.  All of this angst and woe is me becomes very tedious and boring for me to read.  In Birthright, Willow Cross creates such a strong female lead out of Liz that I couldn’t help but wish I could kick as much butt as she does.

Birthright  is a thrill ride with a lot of twists and turns and a little bit of romance that will make any YA paranormal fan giddy. It is such a page turner that you better be prepared to get so wrapped up in this book that you forget the time while you are reading.  I highly recommend it!!

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Another growl rumbled through her chest as she took a step forward and to the side.

The man’s hands went up in front of him. “Now just calm down.” Still eyeing the door, he made a running break for it.

She slammed it shut before he could make it out. Cat-like, she pounced. She saw nothing other than the red haze covering her vision. Hot, slightly bitter fluid poured down her gullet, squelching the burn. Dizzy with the nearly orgasmic feel of it, her jaw tightened and she felt her teeth sink deeper into his flesh. His shrieks could not block out the slurping-sucking sounds as she drank. Inwardly screaming at herself to stop, she had no control. Nothing would stop the darkness from draining every last drop of the delicious nectar.

Within seconds, his cries of terror changed to barely audible pleas for mercy. “Don’t. You don’t have to. Please.”

The door behind them splintered from the hinges and slammed into them. Flying backward, Liz lost her hold on the man and scrambled to her feet. The raven haired man from the night before stood between her and the prey. “Get out of my way,” she hissed.

Book Description

For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch destined to alter the fate of both human and immortal alike. This witch-turned-vampire would be capable of harnessing the supernatural abilities of both and, in a bloody rise to power, would rule with unwavering control.

Unwillingly thrust into a world she never dreamed existed, Liz Markum is catapulted into an ancient war between rival vampire factions. She must choose between those she loves and the ever-present darkness attempting to devour her very soul.

Only one question remains: Will Liz claim her birthright or surrender to the dark gift?

One choice.

One chance.

Two destinies.

You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most online retail ebook stores. Print edition is available from Amazon and Createspace.

About Willow Cross

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Willow Cross is a self- proclaimed vamp enthusiast, were-hunter, prankster, dreamer, story teller, benevolent dictator of minions, and chocolate lover.  She resides in Arkansas with two children still young enough to live at home, an enormous cat named Bitsy, and a neurotic dog named Tank.

Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost and several of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

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The Undesirable by S. Celi Blog Tour

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Author Sara Celi has stopped by today with a teaser for The Undesirable Blog Tour!

I lied. “I got lost. That’s it.” Then I tossed him my brightest fake grin, hoping to distract him. Fast.

“Getting lost happens to a lot of folks these days. Lots of them.” He sounded suspicious. “So what are you really doing here?”

“Really. I just got lost.” Then I remembered something. Something important. “Wait. Don’t you all patrol together?” I looked around after I asked him and didn’t see anyone else from the Homeland Guard.

He scooted a little closer to me. “Not tonight. It’s just me.”

An acrid scent wafted over me, and I wrinkled my nose in disgust. “What’s that smell? Ugh.”

Fostino sniffed the sleeve of his uniform and grimaced. “Fire.” He cleared his throat. “We burned some of the electronics we collected today in a big bonfire behind the school.”

My eyes bulged and I gaped at him for a few seconds. “Should you have told me that?”

Fostino brushed some of his hair out of his eyes. “Probably not, but it’s not like the fire wasn’t obvious. Just one more thing we have to do to win The War.”

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Title: The Undesirable

Author: Sara Celi

Publisher: Lowe Interactive Media

Pages: 225

Book Description:

*This book is Mature YA/ New Adult. It is recommended for readers 14 and over.

What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie?

Charlotte Walker knows how to live under the rule of The Party. She has managed for 18 years. She helps out her drunken mother and keeps life going at a familiar, steady pace. She doesn’t ask questions, even though she has many of them in her heart.

Fostino Sanchez knows how to live under the rule of The Party, too. For 19 years, he’s worked to be the perfect Party member. He knows what must be done to keep Maxwell Cooper in power, and how find the The Undesirables that threaten to take away everything that matters.

As the months go by, what matters most to Fostino is Charlotte Walker.

While their love blooms, danger comes to Charlotte and Fostino’s small hometown of Harrison Corners, OH. Threats they never knew existed could take away all that they care about. And just when these two teens think they know what will come next, Charlotte learns the truth about a secret she has long suspected.

What Charlotte finds out changes everything.

EVERYTHING.

THE UNDESIRABLE is Charlotte Walker’s story, from her point of view. It is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of love, curiosity, adversity, and maturity against the backdrop of a futuristic war.

Should Charlotte trust Fostino with what she knows? Can she trust anyone? Will she find it in herself to rise up against terrible odds? What if the ultimate Undesirable is her?

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New Orleans born Sara Celi has lived all over the United States. She calls the Greater Cincinnati area and the Queen City home.

She’s currently a TV reporter and anchor in Oklahoma City, and has spent more than a decade working in journalism. She graduated cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 2004.

Celi is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive.

The Undesirable is her debut novel.

In her spare time, she likes to read, shop, write, travel, run long distances, volunteer with the Junior League, and fundraise for Cooperative for Education, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for Guatemalan kids.