Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

Rebel of the Sands
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Penguin 

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

COVER REVEAL: The Infected (PODs, #2) by Michelle K. Pickett

The Infected (PODs #2)
Release Date: October 12th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:
From the author of the award winning Unspeakable, and the best selling PODs, comes the highly anticipated sequel to PODs. A world where death stalks the unsuspecting, and this time even the PODs might not save them. 

A virus nearly wiped out humankind...

Months have passed since a human infection has been reported. Survivors of the deadly pandemic have finally started to build a life in a world left devastated by plague. 

Ironically, for nineteen-year-old Eva, life made more sense when she battled the deadly Infected than it does in the serenity of her new home in Rosewood. Separated from fiancĂ© and former POD-mate, David, after an impossible ultimatum, Eva finds her life a little lonely and a lot confusing. 

But as troubled as Eva’s life is, it's about to take a turn for the worse as untold dangers watch and wait for the right moment to attack…

The virus refuses to die quietly. 

Book One
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul. 

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters. 

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

About the Author

I can’t write without a hoodie. Yeah, I live it Texas. We all have our quirks.

I majored in accounting in college. I was required to declare a major, but I had no clue what I wanted to do, so I picked accounting because it was the first thing listed in the booklet the counselor gave me. Surprisingly, I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Go figure.

Forget coffee. Hand over the Red Bull or Monster Khaos and no one gets hurt. Seriously, just set it down and step away. I will turn into a normal human after I guzzle my can of caffeine.

I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television.

I paint my nails weird colors just to see my husband roll his eyes and make my 9 year-old twin girls giggle. Oh, and mortify my 13 year-old son.

I’m a hopeful romantic and love swoon-worthy endings that keep the butterflies going for days, but I don’t believe a HEA always ends with the boy getting the girl. Sometimes a HEA is an ending we don’t see coming, but is still best for the characters.

I write across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups while eating way too many peanut butter M&Ms (but we’ll keep that second part just between us).

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now live in a suburb of Houston, TX with my very supportive family, a 125lb rescue “puppy” and a 12lb attack cat, also a rescue animal.

And last, (but certainly not least), I love my family with everything in me. Everything I am, is theirs. There are no words in any language known to man to describe my love for them. They are my center.

I’d love to hear from you. So drop me an email! Let’s chat. You tell me what you like in books, what you’d like to see happen in the writing community, what type of books you like to see more of…less of—I want to hear it all! So tell me, please. Because the one thing I wish I could put on my list, but I still haven’t figured out how to do, is mind-reading. But don’t tell my kids. I still have them fooled. :) 
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Harry Potter Spell Book Tag!

I am super excited to have been tagged by the wonderful Teresa from Readers Live a 1000 Lives (created by Kimberly Faye Reads and BookNerd Betsy).  I love Harry Potter, so I'm super excited to do this tag! 
Here we go!
1. An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now.

 The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)
I adore this series and the last book ended in such a cliffhanger that I need this one now!
2. Favorite Series Starter

 Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #1)
 The world that P.T. Michelle created instantly sucked me in. I could not get enough of BKoD when I picked it up! 
3. A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies.

 Archer's Voice
Oh! This book! This one gave me major warm fuzzies.
4. A book that made you ugly cry.

 Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You, #1)
The ending in this one made me have a major ugly cry! Emotional and so intense. 

5. Bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life.

 Finale (Hush, Hush, #4)
Patch. Need I say more! I know he would do anything for the one he loves and who wouldn't want a person like that around. 
6. A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.

 The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, #3)
 I just love this series and when I got this one in my hands, I just couldn't help myself.
7. A book you wish you could make everyone read because you loved it so much.

 Slammed (Slammed, #1)
Slammed was an amazing book and everyone should read it!

8. A book or series you wish never ended.

 Sentinel (Covenant, #5)
I would love to read about Alex and Aiden forever.
9. A book with an uplifting ending or message.

 Bully (Fall Away, #1)
This series is definitely not for everyone, but I loved this one because of the message that was woven so amazing well in the book. That there are two sides to every story.
10. A book you wish you could forget you ever read. 

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
Oh, I wanted to like this one, but I just could not like it at all. 
11. An author whose books always get you out of a slump.

 Fall with Me (Wait for You, #4)
Jennifer L. Armentrout always gets out of my reading slump!
12. A swoon-worthy hero or heroine.

 Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
 Both Aiden and Alex are totally swoon-worthy! I have a major girl crush on Alex and Aiden is oh, so sexy! 

13. A book that caused you to stop doing all other things until you finished it.

 Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)
I just couldn't put this one down when I started it! 
14. A book that was painful to read (for whatever reason) or broke you.

The Sea of Tranquility
This one broke me. Such a passionate book with dark twists and emotional turns. 
15. A book that had you laughing out loud.

 Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1)
Original characters and a hilarious but sweet story. This one had me laughing out loud so much. 
16. A book that made you want to send it (or your e-reader) flying.

 Sapphique (Incarceron, #2)
I loved the first book, but this one (the ending really) made me pretty frustrated! It was a bit of a let down.
17. Bookish world you wish you could visit.

 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
Who wouldn't want to go to Hogwarts! 
18. A book with a shocking twist or ending.

 With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)
What Kaylee does at the end of this book took me by complete surprise. And it made me love her character all the more. 
19. A character death that destroyed you.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
 Dumbledore. That moment. Oh my god. 

20. Best series conclusion.

 Loyalty (Mark of Nexus, #3)
This one was hard to pick, but I felt this series just wrapped up so nicely. Everyone got the ending they deserved.
That was fun!
 I am tagging the following to do this too:

Marilyn Phillips @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog