Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Giveaway Hop!

Oh, look a giveaway hop! This is the part where I realize I haven't decided what to give away yet. Ahhhhhhhh.
Okay, I've got it.
I WAS going to choose something summer-y. You know, since it's a summer giveaway hope. But I've been watching a lot of vlogbrothers videos on YouTube recently (and by "recently" I mean I literally just stopped watching them two seconds ago to make this post) and that had me thinking about John Green's books and I plan on posting about a John Green book on YA Bound on Saturday and just....yeah.
So, because everyone should read the phenomenal book, I am giving away:
The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This book is AMAZING. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you will be ALL OF THE FEELS. Therefore, I am giving it to one of you lucky little ducks. Read on for details and whatnot!
- ONE winner will be picked randomly to receive ONE copy of The Fault in Our Stars
- This giveaway is, in fact, INTERNATIONAL
- My giveaway policy applies. You should read it.
- Enter through the Rafflecopter below!
Thank you so much for entering! Now hop on for more bookish goodness!
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Even in Darkness by Cyndi Tefft Blog Tour (Character Interview!)

Character Interview With Aiden!
Aiden MacFreakingRae. HEY! Welcome to my blog! I am so happy to have you here!!
MacFreakingRae? I like that.
Before we actually start this, I must warn you that my randomness factor is extraordinarily high. So just go with it, okay? OKAY. J
Of course. I’d expect nothing less.
So, Aiden. How is life? Are you doing well?
At this moment, aye, all is well, though Cyndi Tefft left us in a wee bit of a precarious position at the end of this latest adventure. Still, I have Lindsey by my side, so I canna complain.
And how is Lindsey?
She amazes me: so strong and confident in the face of trials. She’s a fighter, that one.
So, Aiden. My dear, dear Aiden. You are aware that I adore your accent, yes? Because I do.
Many thanks, lass. Lindsey’s mentioned an affection for it a time or two herself.
What would you say is your favorite thing about yourself? Goodness knows I have a nice, long LIST of favorite things about you…but what is YOURS?
Och… *scratching my head* ‘Tis difficult, no? Er, were I to be forced to choose (and that IS what ye’re doing here, is it not?), I suppose I’d have to say I’m right fair at reading people. ‘Tis what makes me able to slay an opponent at cards, or anticipate the next move in a fight. Watching others often tells me more than they’d like me to know.
If I were to give you a pet tiger (because I’m AWESOME enough to do that, obviously), what would you name him and why? (Don’t even try to make this tiger a girl. He is a boy. Because I say he is. He is also incredibly vicious and cute. Grrrrrrr.)
I’ve always wanted a pet tiger! Think of the havoc we could get wreak. *daydreams* This tiger, he is fierce and strong, but adores a scratch behind the ears. Cairn, I’ll call him, as strength in the present comes from remembering the past.
Describe Lindsey in five words or less, please?
Home. Mine. Forever.
What is your favorite thing about Lindsey—if you had to choose ONE thing?
Her smile. I could never tire of seeing it.
So you’re from a loooooooooong time ago. How did it feel to suddenly be in OUR time?
Like being sucked through a swirling vortex where up is down and black is white, where everything I thought I knew had changed. I wouldn’t recommend it, honestly, but I’ve done the best I can to adapt.
And how are you doing with the…integration from past to present? (Is integration the right word? I feel like it’s wrong, but it looks right…)
I’ll not lie; it has been challenging, but Lindsey is ever so patient, explaining things to me and bringing me through it. I have my feet under me now, but still, much remains to be learned. ‘Tis why I love grooming horses at Ian’s. Horses never change from one millennia to the next.
What’s your favorite thing about NOW (the present) compared to THEN? (Besides Lindsey. I mean, like, THINGS. Unless you want to say me. Then I’ll let it slide.) ;)
You, nae doubt! Well, I am also right fond of chocolate. We didna have much in my day.
Fill in the blank of this sentence, please: “If I were to get a dollar every time I ______, I would have enough money to buy Jessica more books than her room can hold because books are fantastic and Jessica is my favorite.”
“caught a woman’s eye in my kilt” – The lasses seem to adore my kilt. Why don’t the lads wear them? *shakes my head*
I understand that you’re with Lindsey, but you and I are totally best friends. Seriously. I officially declare it so. I CALL BEST FRIEND DIBS.
Duly noted. *scribbles it on a napkin*
What is…I just almost asked the same question twice. Awww, snap! Different question from the one I was about to repeat now—can you describe yourself in five words or less from me, please?
Blessed. Always learning. In love.
And now, just for fun, describe ME in five words or less, pretty please?
Wild. Free. Enthusiastic. Lovely.
If you had to pick one food to live off of for the rest of your life (goodness, wouldn’t that suck? I mean some foods are fantastic, but it would get so old after a while…) what would it be?
Taties n’ eggs! I told Lindsey I would eat them every day, and I did not lie. Mmmmm.
So, I’m listening to this song right now, and for some reason I feel like you need to listen to it. So look up “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie sometime, okay? And then tell me what you think.
“If there’s no one beside you when your soul embarks, then I’ll follow you into the dark.” Lovely melody, but there’ll always be a transporter there waiting for ye, lass. Dinna fash about that.
All right, could you rate this interview (SO FAR—it’s not over yet, my friend) on a scale from 1-10? Why did you choose that number. (DON’T YOU MAKE ME CRY, AIDEN.)
11! Ye get one extra point for not asking me what I wear under my kilt.
Oh, what’s your favorite color? And when is your birthday? Just curious…
Green (the color of Lindsey’s eyes). May 1, 1699.
What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? (Keep it decent, sir, there is a lady present.)
Nothing compares with saddling up a horse and giving her her head so she’s free to run through the countryside. Well, unless it’s having Lindsey on the mare with me as we go.
Hehehehehe, this was fun! But sadly the interview is just about over…THIS IS ALWAYS MY LEAST FAVORITE PART WAAAAAHHHH.
Say it isn’t so!
Is there anything you can say about the fourth book? You may be as cryptic as you like.
Only that it will be… what’s the word? Ah, that’s it. EPIC.
Now, before you go, is there anything AT ALL you’d like to say? The randomer the better. Randomness is so much fun!
Utili-kilts are not truly kilts. There, I said it. *whew* I feel better.
Thank you so, so much for dropping by, Aiden! I appreciate it more than I can say. You are definitely welcome back any time. Seriously, just say the word and you are SOOOOOOOO in.
Thank ye for hosting our wee chat!
Also, don’t forget I’m your new best friend. That means you can’t just disappear into thin air. THAT IS NOT NICE, SIR.
*nods solemnly*
Okay, seriously, thank you so much for dropping by and I’d love to have you back again sometime!
Anything for my new best friend, aye? *grin*
(The interview's over, but I have to break in and say that THAT was so freaking awesome! Eeeeeep!)
About the Book
Even in Darkness by Cyndi Tefft
Even In Darkness (Between, #3)
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Series: Between #3
Buy It: Amazon (US) | B&N
Description from Goodreads:
I thought it was over, that all our troubles were behind us.

We had a fairytale castle wedding surrounded by family and friends. Aiden wore a dress kilt, looking so handsome it made my heart squeeze, and I floated on air in a white version of the ball gown he’d cast for me in Versailles. Flower girl, ring bearer, Scottish ceilidh afterward—check, check, and check. It was perfect.

We were supposed to live happily ever after.

But that was before I walked in to find another woman in his bed, a demon with blood red eyes who’d disguised herself as me in order to get what she wanted most: a child from a heaven transporter.

And it was in that moment—watching my entire world crumble to the ground—that I knew.

This was not over. Not by a long shot.
About the Author
Cyndi Tefft lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is overcast and rainy, much like the Highlands of Scotland. So she was right at home when she got the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle.

A self-proclaimed Scot freak, she loved every bit about the trip to Scotland: the people, the kilts, the accents, the fish & chips, the haggis...well okay, not the haggis.
Links to connect with Cyndi!
Blog Tour Schedule
7/28: Violet Hour Book Reviews
7/28: Better Read Than Dead
7/28: Refreshingly Riki
7/29: Aiden’s Angels fan site
7/29: What the Cat Read
7/30: Tales of Books and Bands
7/30: Pinky Pollock
7/31: Just a Booklover
8/1: I’d So Rather Be Reading
8/1: Mermaid with a Book

8/2: Reading Angel
8/2: Paperback Cowgirl
8/2: Carrie Secor
8/3: Read Between the Lines
8/3: Confessions of a Book Addict

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #19 ♥ Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!
Two Roads by L.M. Augustine
Two Roads
Release Date: August 26, 2013
Description from Goodreads:
The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all…
Why am I waiting on this?
I have several reasons. I think I started on them in my cover reveal post for this book. I think. But anyway, let me list them for ya:
- I adore New Adult. And this book? Is New Adult.
- This author? Wrote Click to Subscribe, which was pretty much the first book I read this summer and was FANTASTIC.
- "And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all..." I can't even tell you how happy that line makes me. I don't even know why I like that line so much, but I just DO.
- Okay, guys. You know me. ROMANCE, hello.
- I'm totally going to love Logan. I can feel it.
And I'm going to stop there because...well, because I can. And that was a good list of reasons as to why I am excitedly waiting for this book, eh?
What are you waiting on this week?! Let me know!

The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts Blog Tour!

Welcome to the Year of the Great Seventh summer world tour!
We will be hopping from side to side of the globe helping Nate and Sophie find each other, but for that, we need you through the entire tour. Sophie and Nate need to meet at a secret location at the end of the blog tour, but since they don’t want anyone else to know where, they left the address in hidden code.
We will be giving you clues at each tour stop that will help you find the location. Also, at each blog tour stop, we will unveil a part of a picture that discloses the secret location.
These are the rules of the game:
-You’ll need to have read The Year of the Great Seventh to be able to follow the game, or at least, have some knowledge of what happens in the novel.
-You’ll need access to Google maps (Street View).
-At each blog tour stop we will reveal a sentence like this:
Sophie spent an afternoon at the (2676 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA—second word written on top of the main entrance door) Park with her friends.
-You’ll need to put that address into Google maps, and using Street View, you need to work out which word is missing. In this case, the answer would the following:
Sophie spent an afternoon at the SKATE Park with her friends.
-We are only interested in the first letter of the word: “S”.
-The next day, we will plot that letter into the four words that will hint the secret location, and we will give you the new sentence.  For example:
- - -   - - - - -   S - - -   - - -
-Additionally, there will be a photo of the secret location at each blog tour stop. At the first stop, it will be totally blacked out, but as we go along the tour, we will start unveiling different parts.
-When we get to the last stop, with the photo and the four words that we will have deciphered, you’ll be on your own to find the secret location.
-The first 5 people who send an email to  with the correct solution will win a free hardcopy of The Year of the Great Seventh.
-We will only disclose the winners after the last stop of the blog tour, and will strictly follow the email entries by date/time received to award the books to the first 5 people who discover the secret location. Please remember to include your first name, last name, and address in the email.  We will not use this information for any other purpose.
-You can write comments on the blog post. We are okay with people helping each other; however, the first 5 people to send the correct answer win the books.
-If you change your mind about the secret location, you can send more than one email.
-There can only be one winner per address, and you can only win a maximum of 1 book per person.
Let’s hope we can help Nate and Sophie find each other!
Good luck to everyone!
Teresa Orts
Yesterday’s solution:
When Sophie texts Nate for the first time, she asks him to meet her at (6) p.m. at her place.
The news anchor reports that a series of explosions interrupted the premiere after party at (1) a.m.
Today we will do two different sentences:

Cleopatra lived from 69 BC to (30 5th Avenue, Manhattan, NY, 10011 – two numbers on the awning) BC.

The motel were Sophie and Nate stayed in Spanish Harlem was on (10 S. William Street, New York, NY 10038 – the only number on the awning) Avenue.

The picture of the secret location:

About the Book
The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts
The Year of the Great Seventh
Release Date: July 6, 2013
Publisher: Drayton Press
Description from Goodreads:
Sophie has always felt out of step — an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.
Blog tour schedule:
July 16, 2013               YA Book Addict
July 17, 2013               Pretty in Fiction
July 18, 2013               Reading Away the Days
July 19, 2013               Book Mark Belles
July 20, 2013               Le Vanity Victorienne
July 21, 2013               The Maniacal Bookworm
July 22, 2013               Book - Marks the Spot
July 23, 2013               Digesting the Words
July 24, 2013               Butterfly Feet Walking on Books
July 25, 2013               Book Divas
July 26, 2013               Nawanda Files
July 27, 2013               Coffee, Books and Me
July 28, 2013               The Dust Jacket
July 29, 2013               The Bookish Outsider
July 30, 2013               Just a Book Lover
August 1, 2013           So Many Books, So Little Time
August 2, 2013           Framed In Words