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Here are some nicely priced YA books available for your Kindle.  I grabbed Defiance by CJ Redwine – I have been wanting to read it for a while.  What looks good to you?  Click the covers for the Amazon product page.

Defiance by CJ Redwine is only $1.99 today! 

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan–the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her. At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared. As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.


Lark by Erica Cope is only .99!!

The last time she checked, Mia Carrington was pretty sure that she was a normal girl with a completely ordinary life.
She goes to high school, has a crush on the gorgeous and mysterious new boy in town, and has strange dreams that she can’t help but feel are real somehow.
Okay, so maybe she’s not all that normal after all.
A freak accident changes Mia’s life forever when she is thrown into another world and left to deal with the revelation that she is the daughter of the King of the Light Elves. Throw in an ominous prophecy predicting that Mia will break a curse unleashing the Dark Elves on the world and well, things don’t look too good.
There is danger lurking at every corner in this strange world and Mia isn’t sure who she can trust…
The only thing she is certain of is that the Dark Elves know about her, and they will stop at nothing until they have her.


Defiance Rising by Amy Miles is only 2.99!

*** NA/YA crossover novel. Suitable for early teen to adult***
Instinct.
Survival.
Nothing else matters…until she ventures out into unknown territory and is faced with an enemy that proves even more fierce and determined than she ever thought.
Bastien is infuriating, dangerous and annoyingly gorgeous. Eamon is familiar, comforting and turning into a man before her eyes. Both want her heart…but she is torn between duty and desire. When her choice affects all of mankind, how can she allow herself to be selfish?
There is a power within her that can change everyone’s fate…but she underestimated the most potent force on Earth—love. Illyria must discover if she has the strength to sacrifice her heart to save mankind.


Feudings by Wendy Knight is only 2.99!

Nothing makes a new school suck worse than discovering the guy you’re in love with is your prophesied nemesis.
Ari is the most powerful flame-throwing sorceress ever, and her people’s last hope in an ancient war. But she’s also a seventeen-year-old girl, and in her free, not-hunting-nemesis times, she jumps from school to school, trying to figure out regular people her own age and pretending she’ll get the chance to graduate.
Shane lives a double life. He goes to school and masters the art of popularity, hiding the fact that he has a fate with a slim chance of his survival. He’s destined to end a 300 year-old war by killing or being killed. He knows he’s hunted by a powerful enemy who’s not afraid to die. Only problem? He has no idea who that enemy is.
When Ari shows up at Shane’s school, angry and sullen and determined to keep him at arm’s reach, neither of them realize they are supposed to be killing each other, not fall-ing in love. Until Ari does realize it, and she almost dies – by Shane’s hand.

Jordyn by Tiffany King is only 2.99!

Hand to hand combat training: Check
Cardio and strength training: Check
Daemon hunting: Check
Anomaly: Check
Check, check, check, check…That’s all my life is. There’s nothing ordinary about me. I’m "special." I know this because I’m reminded of it every stinking day. I can kick a Daemon’s ass with both hands tied behind my back. I can run up a mountain without breaking a sweat. Know what I can’t do? Get guys to notice me, or hang out with friends like normal people do. I can’t just be ordinary because I have an Arch Angel for a mentor who is always breathing down my neck, and a family of angelic Guides and Protectors who scrutinize every little thing I do. Just for a day I want a life where I’m no longer some anomaly, where I don’t have to feel like a lab rat.
And then I met Emrys. Okay, so my mentor and family hate him, but probably for good reason. After-all, he is a Soul Trader, and they aren’t the most trust worthy beings. But, he is sooo hot with his green eyes, leather jacket and the sexiest tattoo you’ve ever seen running down his back. And-he doesn’t treat me like a project.
I’ve got myself in quite a little quandary here. Choosing between my responsibilities, and the Trader that holds my heart is something I didn’t sign up for. Torn between two different worlds, I must now decide who to trust and who to walk away from. What’s a girl to do? See what I mean? I am an anomaly. I am Jordyn.

Review: Georgetown Academy Book 2 by Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting and Giveaway!

 

Title: Georgetown Academy Book 2

Authors: Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting

 

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

In the halls of Georgetown Academy, gossip and rumor abound. But when photographic proof shows up on the front page of The Huffington Post? Then it’s a national scandal.

While Ellie tries to put her life back together, Evan just might get everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect boyfriend and her dream career. But her loyalties will be put to the test when it turns out to be the very people she’s closest to who are standing in her way.

Brinley is determined to find out who is behind the photo leak, all while her own dirty secret spirals out of control. And California girl Taryn is sick of being walked all over and ready to start playing by the rules of D.C., for better or for worse.

In a world where reputation and appearances are everything, knowledge is power. But you’ll have to learn how to use it if you want to come out on top.


Review:

I am a sap for over the top melodrama, and Georgetown Academy has that in spades.  Everyone is having trouble dealing with living life under a microscope, where poor decisions and lapses in judgment have painful, negative consequences on their high-powered parents, as well as themselves.  Growing up the child of movers and shakers has its drawbacks, and Ellie is learning first hand that everything she does is scrutinized.  When an illicit kiss with Gabe makes the news, casting mother in a bad light and jeopardizing her career, Ellie has to deal with not only the blowback from Hunter, her boyfriend, but also the bitter disappointment from her mother.  Gabe’s father and Ellie’s mother have been at odds for years, and Ellie’s behavior comes across as a betrayal to her mother.  So, it seems that even the kids of the high and mighty are not immune to the pressures and stresses of life, where even rumors and the most innocent action can cause the scandal of the century.

I think I enjoy this series so much because it is so readable.  Events tick along at a frantic pace, jumping from one of the four main protagonists to the next in rapid succession.  I have mixed feelings about some of them; Brinley is my least favorite.  She is such a smug, pompous hag that she’s hard to like.  When bad things happen to her, I’m usually not too upset about it.  I want to see her hit rock bottom, just to see if she has the mettle to drag herself back up again.  Evan is my favorite of the four, because her humble background is closer to mine.  She is caught up in a charade, pretending to be the girlfriend of Luke, her best friend, who is terrified that his big secret will crawl out of the closet and destroy his father’s career.  Luke needs to grow a backbone and be honest about his sexuality, instead of lassoing Evan into a masquerade that is destroying any chance of her catching the boy of her dreams.  It’s unfair of Luke, and it’s unfair of his family to expect her blindly go along with their plans for their political security. Ugh. 

I like Taryn, too.   After feeling sorry for herself for becoming a social outcast, thanks to a rumor that Brinley started, she pulls herself together and gets back at her rival. How? By being herself and not letting the stifling confines of G.A. hem her in.  She’s not going to let anyone squeeze her into a mold, and she’s going to blaze a trail for herself in her new school.  Fitting in is no longer a goal.  Striking back and making an impression is.  Taryn is like a shooting star; she’s bright and she’s burning a path for herself, because she doesn’t want to be like anyone else.  I love how important being herself is to her, and how being true to herself has given her back the confidence she had lost.  I’m so curious to see if anything happens between her and Brooks, Brinley’s brother, because that would be the ultimate f you to Brin. lol 

I don’t know if I should feel sorry for Ellie, or tell her to get a life.  She dumped her best friend for Brinley, for goodness sake!  Brinley!  After the unpleasant revelation about Brinley’s father, something that she can never share with Ellie, I wonder how much longer they will be friends.  And her back and forth between Hunter and Gabe?  Ugh!  She’s jerking both of them around, though it seems like some of that is going to come back around to bite her in the behind.  Ouch!

Another thing I like about this series – it’s immediately accessible, even to new readers.  Enough background information is peppered throughout the narrative so that you understand all of the relationships between the characters.  I don’t think someone picking this up without reading the first book in the series would be confused.  They would miss out on the all the fun drama, but they could easily get up to speed with the story.  One thing I don’t like?  The inability to add bookmarks or make notes.  It drives me nuts, in fact, because I’m so used to a regular Kindle book.  Tapping the middle of the screen propels you to the next page, and going in any direction but forward is a tedious, frustrating process.  And you can’t tell how much further you have until the end, or even what page you are on.  Sigh. 

Georgetown Academy is turning out to be a very fun series.  To find out for yourself, fill out the widget below for your chance to win a copy!  Thanks to Coliloquy for providing the giveaway!

Grade:  B+

Review copy provided by publisher

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Interview with Julie Benson, Author of The Rancher and the Vet

Please welcome Julie Benson to the virtual offices today!  Julie’s latest, The Rancher and the Vet, was recently released under the Harlequin American Romance line.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Julie Benson] I’m a mom of three boys who started writing when they were little to save my sanity. Not sure it’s done that, but I keep writing anyway.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Rancher and the Vet?

[Julie Benson] When Reed Montgomery’s brother is deployed to Afghanistan, Reed returns to Estes Park, Colorado to stay with his fourteen year old niece. Talk about a confirmed bachelor’s nightmare. When she is sentenced to community service at an animal shelter for spray painting the building, Reed has to face Avery McAlister, the woman he loved and left. But Avery’s got problems of her own trying to keep the shelter she runs open, and the last thing she needs in her life is Reed.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Julie Benson] I thought about how fun it would be to write about a bachelor who was suddenly responsible for a teenage girl. Then one day I was talking to a friend about her son-in-law being in Afghanistan. That led to the idea of Reed coming home to stay with his niece because his brother’s been deployed. As to Avery’s character, when I wrote my first book for Harlequin Big City Cowboy, I knew I wanted to give Avery her own story. The idea for the shelter Avery works for being sold came from my best friend. She’s the Executive Director at the Hinsdale Humane Society. That shelter has a unique situation. They own the building, but the city owns the land. I decided to pair Avery with Reed for a lovers reunited story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Avery?

[Julie Benson] Loyal, funny, and tender hearted (Technically the last isn’t one word, but they run together like one, and it really describes Avery and what drives her in life, both in terms of her relationships with people and in her career.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Reed had a theme song, what would it be?

[Julie Benson] Reed’s theme song would be Running on Empty by Jackson Browne. Since he turned 18, Reed’s been running—from his abusive past with his father, from the fear that one day he’ll turn into his old man and from how much he loves Avery. “Honey you really tempt me. You know the way you look so kind. I’d love to stick around but I’m running behind. You know I don’t even know what I’m hoping to find. Running into the sun but I’m running behind.”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Avery is never without.

[Julie Benson] Her smile. She had a positive attitude and is very much a caretaker in terms of her family, her friends and the animals around her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Reed’s pockets?

[Julie Benson] (1) a doggie poop bag—Dogs and Reed never got along well. Plus, having a pet is a commitment. It’s an emotional attachment and Reed avoids those any way he can. (2) a picture of his father who abused him (3) a pacifier—Reed, fearing he would repeat the cycle of violence, never wants to have children.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Avery’s greatest regret?

[Julie Benson] Avery’s greatest regret is that she never understood why Reed broke up with her after going to college. He told her he never wanted to come back to Colorado, didn’t want to get married and never wanted children—things he’d never given a hint of during their relationship. Deep inside she had the feeling there was more going on then he was telling her. Not knowing what really happened with Reed made moving on more difficult for her because she never trusted her judgment after that.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Julie Benson] I’d have to say the world around me. Often I hear or read about something that gets my creative juices going. I think what if it didn’t happen like that, or what if this happened. Doing that is how I get a lot of my story ideas.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Julie Benson] (1) The first thing I need is being at my favorite Starbucks at Custer and Renner in Richardson. That’s where I write. People find it odd that I can write there because of all the noise and distractions, but I’m very ADD. If a place is too quiet, my mind wanders. The activity in Starbucks helps me focus. Plus it keeps me connected with people. Writing can be a little isolating some times. (2) The second thing I need is a grande sweetened half green tea, half passion tea or a non fat chai latte if I’m in desperate need of caffeine. (3) The last thing I need is my laptop.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Julie Benson] There have been two books that I’ve read recently that did that. Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden is a great story about a fallen Angel of Death who’s on Earth in search of redemption. I love a tortured hero story! During Mardi Gras he comes across a woman being attacked by panther shifters. But the woman he saves isn’t a fainting flower. The book had me reading as fast as I could. The other book is The Haunting of Maddy Clare. It’s set in England after World War I. A lonely, broke woman who works for a temp agency is sent to assist a ghost hunter. The story really pulled me. The ghost is real, and out for vengeance. The heroine Sarah gets thrown right in the middle of some dangerous stuff. This story has mystery, suspense and romance and kept me on the edge of my seat.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Julie Benson] When I was in grade school one of my teachers read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett to the class. That story hooked me because it had it all—the suspense, the relationship between Mary and Dickon. Even then I was hooked on romance. The budding childhood romance between Mary and Dickon was my favorite part of the story. After my teacher read the book to us, I read it over and over. From then on I started reading everything I could get my hands on. I would order books through school from Scholastics. If my teachers got free or reduced priced books based on how big their orders were, I single handedly stocked some class libraries.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Julie Benson] I like to make jewelry, and of course I love to read. I’m also a do it yourself remodeling freak. I’ve remodeled two bathrooms and part of my kitchen. I’ve got a wet saw for cutting tile and everything.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Julie Benson] My email is Julie@juliebenson.net and I love to hear from readers. I’m also on Facebook.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

You can purchase The Rancher and the Vet, or any of Julie’s other titles, from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below:

About the book:

Cowboy, Come Home

Leaving his Colorado hometown was the second hardest thing Reed Montgomery ever did—the first was breaking up with Avery McAlister, his high school sweetheart. Now his Western roots are calling the citified CEO back to his family ranch to be surrogate dad to his niece, Jess. Of course, he can’t help being pulled back into Avery’s world.

Keeping her financially strapped animal shelter open is Avery’s first priority—her second turns out to be helping Reed with his parenting skills. They may be bonding, but her former flame still has some serious explaining to do about the secret that drove him away.

The ghosts of the past and a rekindled desire bring Reed and Avery ever closer together. But will Reed embrace his future…as a cowboy, a father and as the man for Avery?

Interview with Abby Niles, Author of Extreme Love

Please welcome Abby Niles to the virtual offices today!  Abby is here to chat about her new release Extreme Love.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Abby Niles] A bull-headed pain in the butt who’ll bend over backwards for those she loves.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Extreme Love?

[Abby Niles] Extreme Love centers on Caitlyn and Dante.

Dante is a popular and undefeated MMA fighter and is used to women falling all over him. When he meets the beautiful Caitlyn, and she does the exact opposite, he loves the challenge she represents and makes it his mission to get past her defenses. Dante is also training for his title shot against the also undefeated, Richard Sentori, who is notorious for using any means necessary to get under his opponent’s skin in the hopes he’ll enter the cage fighting with emotion and not with his head. Dante, however, is always focused, but when Sentori discovers Dante’s one weakness, that focus is put to the test.

Caitlyn has recently lost 80 pounds and is struggling to banish the last of her life-long insecurities. When Dante storms into her life, and is more man than she’s used to dealing with, she feels greener than ever and tries to push him away. She also doesn’t want to encourage the attention of a cage fighter, a sport she finds appalling. But Dante’s not the sort of man you just push away, and as her need for him grows, so does her need to accept herself and his career. Can she come to terms with the violence he willingly embraces every time he steps into the cage or will watching Dante eat a fist be too much for her to handle?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Abby Niles] Back in 2008, I was in a really bad place in my life. I’d lost a ton of weight after being overweight since childhood. I’d gone from weighing 245 pounds to 167 pounds, from wearing a size 22/24 to wearing a 12, and yet, I still couldn’t stop scowling at myself in the mirror. I’d naively believed that losing the weight would fix all the image issues I had with myself. Maybe for some, losing weight does that, but it didn’t for me. My dark, chewy chunks were embedded deep and refused to let go and it was stopping me from accepting the body I’d busted butt for. I knew who I was when I was overweight. I’d spent 28 years as that Abby. This new Abby was overwhelming and I clung to the old me because I was terrified of the new me. I knew I couldn’t continue like this and I needed to find a way to let go. The idea of Extreme Love came to me one day. Caitlyn became my catalyst. As she started her journey to accepting her new body and new life, I did also. I cried so much while I wrote this book. But it was cleansing. As Caitlyn grew as a character, I grew as a person. I’m forever grateful to her.

As for the MMA portion of the story. I’m such a HUGE fan of the UFC, and Caitlyn needed someone who would bring her far outside her comfort zone and refuse to back down. Who better than an undefeated cage fighter who isn’t used to losing?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Caitlyn?

[Abby Niles] Flustered, aroused, fighting

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Dante had a theme song, what would it be?

[Abby Niles] I always thought of the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter theme song when writing this book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Caitlyn is never without.

[Abby Niles] Can’t say never, but she carries her gym bag in the trunk of the car at all times since she never knows when she’ll get the urge to use the steam room, which is her sanctuary.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Dante’s bedroom?

[Abby Niles] Man, you’re really making me think right now, lol. Let’s see…a mess, potpourri, a chick movie.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Caitlyn’s greatest regret?

[Abby Niles] Not losing the weight before she had.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Abby Niles] Really my influences come from everywhere. Movies, songs, other books, something I see or overhear, my own personal life, fears etc. There really is no rhyme or reason to it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Abby Niles] Silence, coffee and coffee

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Abby Niles] I’m totally a Jennifer Amentrout fan-girl now. I devoured the Lux Series, and I’m impatiently waiting for the next book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Abby Niles] I have a series that turned me on to reading in 6th grade. The Sweet Valley High books. Anyone remember those?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Abby Niles] Sleep. Yeah, I know not very exciting, but between being a single mom, having a day job and writing, a good night’s sleep is rare.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Abby Niles] Website: www.abbynilesauthor.com

Twitter: @abbyniles

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

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase Extreme Love from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below. Available in digital and print

 

About the book:

New body. New clothes. New men.

Used to the average Joe, Caitlyn Moore is overwhelmed when the supremely masculine Dante Jones walks into her life and expresses an interest in her. At first she pushes him away, refusing to encourage the attention of a cage fighter. Then she learns Dante has a love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation. What better way to fine-tune her non-existent flirting skills than with a male who won’t stick around? But Dante has no intention of being a practice dummy; he’s out for all or nothing. Now Caitlyn must accept Dante—violent career and all—or let him go.

Dante “Inferno” Jones has one goal: win the Welterweight Championship. At a time when focus is crucial, the last thing he needs is a distraction. Yet Caitlyn Moore becomes a challenge he can’t resist. When the light-hearted pursuit shifts to a battle to win her heart, his focus is shot. Faced with losing the biggest match of his career, Dante must decide if his extreme life also has room for Extreme Love.