[PR] September Romance Extravaganza with Sourcebooks!

{ED – I received this notice from Sourcebooks and thought you might be interested in joining their chats with some historical authors.  There will be giveaways for your to win}

 

Join us for our largest author event yet. It’s a party of historic proportions. On Wednesday September 4, 2013 we’re hosting six bestselling historical romance authors for an all day event—including 3 live author chats with fabulous giveaways. Additionally, the authors will be blogging throughout the day and giving away books, edibles, jewelry, and more to readers who comment. This is sure to be one AMAZING day. Do not miss it!

Event Schedule

NOTE: All times are Eastern Standard Time

8am-9:30am EST – Kieran Kramer will be blogging and giving away prizes

9:30am-11am – Miranda Neville will be joining the blog and giving away prizes

LIVE CHAT #1: 11am-12pm – Join us as we chat with Kieran Kramer and Miranda Neville and have a chance to win some great prizes including a $25 gift certificate to the online bookseller of your choice (open to US and International readers), a “Love” bracelet, copies of The Earl is Mine, and a 30-minute long Skype book club session with Kieran Kramer.

12pm-1:30pm – Shana Galen will be blogging and giving away prizes

1:30pm-3pm – Theresa Romain will be joining the blog and giving away prizes

LIVE CHAT #2: 3pm-4pm – Join us as we chat with Katharine and Theresa and have a change to win some great prizes including: a copy of the new release It Takes Two to Tangle, an audiobook of Georgette Heyer’s Venetia, read by Richard Armitage (open to US and International readers), a latte mug and copies of Swept Away by a Kiss and In the Arms of a Marquess.

4pm-5:30pm – Katharine Ashe will be blogging and giving away prizes

5:30pm-7pm – Erin Knightley will be joining the blog and giving away prizes

LIVE CHAT #3: 7pm-8pm – Join us as we chat with Shana and Erin and have a chance to win some great prizes including: an audiobook of More Than a Stranger and a copy of the new release Flirting With Fortune, a copy of True Spies and the I Love Darcy bag collection, featuring: 1 “I Heart Darcy” tote bag, four Darcy buttons, one “I Heart Darcy” keyring, and and “I Heart Darcy” bumper sticker.

 

Get all of the details here

Review: Yuhi: Ceres Celestial Legend Vol 2 by Yu Watase

 

 

Title: Yuhi: Ceres Vol 2

Author: Yu Watase

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather’s home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something’s not right. Their "birthday present" turns out to be a mummified hand–the power of which forces an awakening within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki’s body! Grandfather Mikage announces that Aki will be heir to the Mikage fortune, and Aya must die! But Aya has allies in the athletic cook and martial artist Yûhi, and the attractive, mysterious Tôya. But can even two handsome and resourceful guys save Aya when it’s her own power that’s out of control?


Review:

I have mixed feelings about the second volume of Ceres.  On one hand, I love the legend of the Celestial Maiden.  Ceres is tormented with rage and longs for revenge against the man who stole her feathered robes, prohibiting her from returning to heaven.  Worse, he violated her, and she bore his children, trapped in an ugly place she couldn’t escape from.  Now, fate has caused both Ceres and Mikage to both be reincarnated as the twins Aya and Aki.  This has never happened before, and she’s obsessed with winning her vengeance.  Every time she sees Aki, Ceres wrestles control away from Aya and attacks him, even though he has no memories of his previous life.  I find this storyline so compelling.  For centuries, Ceres’s thirst for revenge has kept her trapped, reborn over and over into the Mikage family, only to be discovered and killed during the ritual as her host body turned sixteen.  When I think about how angry I would be after being thwarted time and time again, I am surprised that she hasn’t done more damage to the Mikages and their property as yet.  I would have gone absolutely ballistic, leaving the surviving Mikages to deal with harried property insurance adjustors.

Aya, though, is grating on my nerves.  Is it really wise to chase after Toya in not much more than her underwear, leaving her defenseless when her evil cousin Kagami gets his paws on her?  Ugh, ugh, ugh!  I would not feel like I was in a position of power in enemy territory while dressed in my panties and a bra.  Ugh!  That’s like the nightmare where you forgot to put your clothes on before rushing off to school.  And to so ardently declare her love for Toya, a guy she just met, and a guy who works for the people who are trying to kill her?  Aya, while Yuhi isn’t as interesting, he is a lot safer, so maybe you should go for him instead?  He is more than capable of protecting you, and he can cook!  Take him instead!

I was a little bored with this volume.  Whenever Ceres made an appearance or Kagami had page time, I was all interested again.  Ceres is fascinating because she reveals little tidbits of her history every time she manifests, and Kagami – ah, Kagami.  He is just so evil and conniving that you can’t help but like, even admire him, just a little bit.  He sees an opportunity for the Mikage family to gain immense power, and he’s going to seize it.  With both Aki and Aya in his control, there is nothing he can’t do, once he figures out how to tame Ceres and her incredible power. 

The second volume of Ceres was both irritating and compelling.  Aya drives me nuts, but legend of the Celestial Maidens kept me turning the pages.

Grade:  C+

Review copy purchased from Amazon

CHAOS Blog Tour: Interview with Christine O’Neil and Giveaway!

 

 

Welcome to my stop on Christine O’Neil’s CHAOS blog tour!   I was able to ask Christine some questions about her new book, so check out what she has to say!

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

[Christine O’Neil] Introverted geek w/a love of TV (Sherlock,Dr Who,GoT) books (HP,Divergent)&movies,quick to laugh&makes a mean double chocolate layer cake.

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

[Christine O’Neil] Chaos is about a girl who finds out that she is a semi-god descended from Aphrodite with the powers to suck the love (and subsequently, the life) out of people with her fingertips. She meets a boy at school who is superhot, but also the bane of her existence. Come to find out, he’s more than he seems and not exactly human himself. Here’s the blurb!

My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. 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 watchdog council of semis who keeps an eye out for any bad apples. They think I’m the baddest of the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he’s got secrets of his own…and they may just kill us both.

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

[Christine O’Neil] This book was actually a collaboration between me and my editor and publisher at Entangled, Liz Pelletier. She was looking for someone to write a book on an idea she had and put out a call to authors, asking them to write a sample chapter that incorporated their best YA voice. Then she would pick one of the authors to work with. 156 of us sent in writing samples, and a week later, she called me, SUPER excited about the scene I sent her (which was brainstormed in my living room when my kids and husband and I sitting around and someone made a “That’s what SHE said”. We spit-balled from there, talking about a girl who had an advice column called that, and how she was a semi-god and voila! Anyway, Liz loved it so much, she wanted to contract my story immediately. So we took the little kernel of an idea I had written, and sat on the phone until around 2 a.m. world building around that scene. What we ended up was a loose outline for Chaos (and the rest of the Kardia Chronicles series). It was literally one of the most exciting and fun creative experiences of my life!

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

[Christine O’Neil] Funny. Snarky. Screwed.

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

[Christine O’Neil] Titanium.

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

[Christine O’Neil] The entwined ring Mac gives her. (I’m giving some of these away as blog tour contest prizes, one 14k gold, three silver. They are GORGEOUS, check it!):

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

[Christine O’Neil] Any kind of weapon (he doesn’t need them).

A picture of Maggie, because he can’t stand her. Seriously. She’s his enemy. What? IT’S TRUE. Stop looking at him like that.

A salmon. Because who would keep a salmon in their pocket, am I right?

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

[Christine O’Neil] Probably not getting to spend more time with her father before he died.

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

[Christine O’Neil] If you mean like, what authors inspire me, then I’d say Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.

If you mean like what gets my creative juices flowing then I think I’d have to say the world around me. Especially people. Whenever I see someone with a really distinct personality trait or a way of speaking, or a certain way they walk etc. I get really excited because it makes me want to tweak that facet of that person and use it for a character. So for example, there is a secondary character named Libby in Chaos who is super dramatic and her clothes are never appropriate for the situations she’s in but she doesn’t care. Here’s a little description of her in the book:

“She loved clothes and dressing up but always seemed to miss the mark, wearing kooky stuff like berets and leg warmers, sometimes simultaneously. Today she had on a pink puffy skirt with matching flats and her blond hair was secured in a bun at the top of her head with a pair of chopsticks. All in all, she looked like either the prettiest girl to ever escape a mental hospital or like she’d jacked a ballerina on the way to school and stolen her gear. And she didn’t give a crap.”

That trait was taken from my future daughter in law Allison. She’s the type of person who will walk out of the bedroom in the morning wearing a cocktail dress and it’ll be like, “Uh, it’s nine a.m. Where ya going?” And she’ll be like, “What do you mean? Nowhere.”

That’s so distinctly her and those are the types of things that compel me to create characters and write their stories.

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

[Christine O’Neil] Coffee, chocolate and coffee. Wait, no. Fingers, laptop and eyeballs, I guess would be better choices, huh? But it’d be brutal without the coffee and chocolate.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on CHAOS?

[Christine O’Neil] Other books in my head. That’s always the distraction. For Chaos they weren’t as loud as usual, because I was really in deep with this one. First person books always seem to control more of my brain than when I’m writing third person, and this one more so than any other. But as entrenched as I was in Maggie and her story, I still had that little tickle in the back of my brain going, “Don’t forget about THIS other story”. It’s nothing I would ever complain about, though. Having TOO many ideas is a problem I’ll happily live with :OD

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

[Christine O’Neil] Ooooh, let’s see, that LAST one was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I hadn’t caught wind of it when it first came out, but I got it a couple weeks ago and loved it so much, I couldn’t wait to read more of her work.

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

[Christine O’Neil] Wow, I’m not sure how to answer that one. I started reading really young, like four years old, and once I started I never stopped. I was insatiable. I think the first book I actually remember reading was Charlotte’s Web. God, I cried and cried, but I loved that book. Still do.

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

[Christine O’Neil] I’m pretty much a total geek so I love to read, play board games with my family, and watch movies and TV shows like Sherlock, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Game of Thrones and such. We also love to make movie and show-themed cakes like this one that we made for the season premiere of Game of Thrones:

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

[Christine O’Neil] I tweet a lot here https://twitter.com/ConeilYA and here https://twitter.com/_ChristineBell (my adult contemporary alter-ego) & I have a Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/TheKardiaChronicles here. I love chatting with readers about books and all manner of things, so hit me up!

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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About the book:

My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. 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 watchdog council of semis who keeps an eye out for any bad apples. They think I’m the baddest of the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he’s got secrets of his own…and they may just kill us both.

Goodreads/Barnes & Noble/Kobo/iBooks

About the author:

Christine O’Neil is one half of the happiest couple in the world. She and her handsome hubby currently reside in Pennsylvania with a four-pack of teenage boys and their two dogs, Gimli and Pug. If she gets time off from her duties as maid, chef, chauffeur, or therapist, she can be found reading just about anything she can get her hands on, from Young Adult novels to books on poker theory. She doesn’t like root beer, clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but lurrves chocolate, going to the movies, the New York Giants and playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she would be a pirate…or, like, a ninja maybe. She loves writing fun and adventure-filled romance stories, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons. Christine loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to get in touch with her via the Contact Page. Christine also writes adult romance under the name Christine Bell.

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Giveaway!

3 Prize Packs!

1 sterling silver ring and a Team Mac pin as well as temporary tattoos of the magpie.

1 sterling silver ring and a Team Mac pin as well as temporary tattoos of the magpie.

1 fourteen karat gold ring, and a Team Mac pin as well as temporary tattoos of the magpie.

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1

9/2/2013- Crossroad Reviews- Guest Post

9/3/2013- The Book Belles- Review

9/4/2013- Manga Maniac Cafe- Interview

9/5/2013- A Backwards Story- Guest Post

9/6/2013- Coffee, Books and Me- Interview

Week 2

9/9/2013- Books Are Magic- Review

9/10/2013- K-Books- Guest Post

9/11/2013- Curling Up With A Good Book- Review

9/12/2013- Fantasy Book Addict- Interview

9/13/2013- Ticket to Anywhere - Review

Waiting on Wednesday – What The Bride Didn’t Know by Kelly Hunter

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I love Kelly Hunter!  What the Bride Didn’t Know will be in stores November 1st (Kindle version)

 

What the Bride Didn’t Know (The West Family)

Shh…it’s a secret! 
Special ops expert Trig Sinclair is a man’s man, and that means he knows the cardinal rule of the bro code—no matter how dynamite Lena West is, as his best friend’s younger sister, she’s strictly off-limits! 
But when a secret mission to Istanbul sees Lena and Trig pretending to be married (and sharing a bed!), he finds himself in a whole new world of sweet torture…. But if Trig thinks playing the honor-bound hero is tough, it’s got nothing on how Lena feels when she discovers what her "groom" is really hiding….

What are you waiting on?