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Thursday, October 19, 2017

ARE YOU READY FOR MORE TONY RAWLINGS? RIPPLES IS COMING ON OCTOBER 31!

   
   

You don’t have to read the Consequences series to enjoy this stand-alone novel, but if you know Tony Rawlings, you know that disappointing him isn’t an option. Imagine being his youngest daughter...imagine telling him the unimaginable... “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Sometimes ideas find you, and dreams begin as nightmares. Sometimes the truth that has been kept hidden is the key to opening a door you never knew existed. “You might not know me. I’m the baby of the Rawlings family, the princess, the daughter who came along later. I’m not like my older siblings, successful at everything they touch. My mother and father have provided me with every luxury as well as their unyielding love and support, but I’m not spoiled. I’m also not content. By example, my parents have shown me how love should be. I don’t know their past, and that doesn’t matter. I know what I’ve seen—two people devoted to one another. I don’t believe that I’ll ever find that kind of love, the kind that forgives and accepts all. And as my life falls to pieces and I travel to visit my family to face their disappointment, I’m not even looking for it. I’m looking for an escape...from my life as a Rawlings...from the pressure to achieve and not let others down. I dream of the time I can live for my own desires without the expectations that come with my name. I don’t find what I’m seeking...it finds me. Or should I say...he finds me. This time is different. I have a family who will search for me and find the answers. Little do we know—any of us—that my father set my journey into motion long before I was born.” "Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects." ~Dalai Lama Ripples (Unabridged Version) is Natalie’s story, the youngest of Tony and Claire’s children—their baby. This story first appeared in shorter form in Glamour: Contemporary Fairytale Retellings. Due to the length restriction of each novella in that anthology, many scenes in Ripples were shortened or omitted for that anthology. This unabridged edition is the entire story—double in length and—a full-length novel. Please enjoy this Consequences novel along with special appearances from your favorite Consequences characters.  

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  aleatharomig1Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams! Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat. In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016. 2017 brings Aleatha's first "Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha" with PLUS ONE, a fun, sexy romantic comedy. Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ultimate Sacrifice Blog Tour



Happy Saturday Folks!!

While I'm working away at moving my mother into my place I figured I could spend a little time and let you know about S.E. Green's new book, Ultimate Sacrifice. Yes, that's right, it's blog tour time!!

Today we have the blog tour for Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green! Follow along the tour and grab your copy today!

Title: Ultimate Sacrifice

Author: S.E. Green

Genre: YA Horror

About Ultimate Sacrifice:

Vickie has always lived a quiet, ordinary life in an equally quiet and ordinary small town. Yet one fateful night a child turns up dead in the woods behind her house in a ritualistic slaughter. Vickie and her family are suddenly thrown into a national spotlight. But as the investigation unfolds, she begins to realize her family isn’t so ordinary after all. Evil is inching closer to those she holds dear and Vickie isn’t sure who she can ultimately trust.

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Now, this book is certainly getting a lot of love, and deservedly so! Green follows the number one rule of YA, everything starts the day Vickie's life changes. The prophecy, the mystery, you pretty much fall down the rabbit hole with this one. However I just wish that parts weren't so rushed! There is so much material in here, you could easily get a series of books from just this one! The character development could use some work, the pacing is awkward, but it is redeemed by a thrilling mystery that is just the right kind of twisted. Check out the trailer below and get your copy at the link above! 

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About S.E. Green:


Shannon Greenland, or S. E. Green, is the award winning author of the teen thriller, Killer Instinct, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the spy series, The Specialists, an ALA Popular Paperback and a National Reader’s Choice recipient; the teen romance, The Summer My Life Began, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award; and the romance, Shadow of a Girl. Her books have been translated into several languages and are currently on numerous state reading lists. Ultimate Sacrifice is her debut horror and is due out October 2017.

Shannon has participated in and served as a guest speaker at festivals and conferences around the country to include but not limited to the LA Times Book Festival, American Library Association, Book Expo of America, Bouchercon, Romance Writers of America, RT Book Convention, Young Adult Keller Book Festival, Southern Festival of Books, and many more. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Thank You Mr. G., A Goblins of Bellwater Spectacular!


Here's a synopsis of Ringle's book, 

Hey All!

I'm crazy excited to tell you about The Goblins of Bellwater, a super recent release by author Molly Ringle and Central Avenue Publishing. First, a smidgen of back story so that both the title of this post, and the book itself, make a bit more sense to you.

(Pretend to hear xylophone music and wind chimes. Everyone plays xylophones and wind chimes during flash backs.)

About ten years ago now I was first introduced to The Goblin Market by Christina Rosetti, by my high school English teacher. Granted I did have to read the Canterbury Tales and Beowulf first; in case you can't tell I was an avid reader even then, and to this day appreciate the crap out of this teacher. Now Goblin Market is an oddly sensual and violent poem when you read it through, it's also intoxicating, magnificent, and powerful considering it was written by a woman in the mid 1800's. Also, I personally find it great that Christina was just as miraculous a poet as her brother, Dante.

When I heard about The Goblins of Bellwater I got excited. Rosetti's poem is a narrative about two sisters, and is very sexual; probably not for children regardless of her insistence. Ringle's modernization of the story brings mythos and lore to the 21st Century. While it isn't solely based on the poem, Ringle certainly found her inspiration there and went with it.


"Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit's end tryin to understand what's wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn't talk of such things; he's the human liason for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of whats happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It's a midwinter night's enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous path of her own."

I was captivated by the story, the relationship between Skye and Livy seemed a bit magical before the magic began. Personally, I LOVE how the goblins get their names in the human world, they're eccentric and eclectic,  a few are down right ridiculous. I enjoyed how Ringle made everything feel real. I was lost in her forest with Skye, wrestling with my own good and evil sides with Kit, I was inspired by Livy's somewhat idiotic bravado, and even felt for Grady. However, I did find a few issues with this book. Personally, this is for those 18 and older, the poem its sparked from is, as I've said, pretty darn sexy and the book keeps true to that; though it seems forced at times. Also, while the story has this truly timeless feel to it, the characters do not. They're all a tad to young for some of their lines and life experiences. That  doesn't actually trip you up while reading though, just something I picked up on when discussing the book with other readers. A few times I just turned my head and said, "wait a second."

Overall this is a novel that will suck you in from the cover art, to the romance, to the history, and lore. I'd love to see more of these characters, especially a few of the goblins. You'll fall in love with these familial relationships, and then some. Oh! But do read the original poem first, it will really help.

To learn some more about Molly Ringle and The Goblins of Bellwater, check out this awesome Q&A!

XoXo
BrainyHeroine

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

To Read the Impossible Read...

Good Morning All,

I'm super excited to announce my next Read-a-Long! Drumroll please...
(Or pretend to hear a drumroll? Maybe?)

For the month of October, in all of its 31 day glory...

The #ImpossibleRead #Readathon

Will be...

A book that has an unreliable narrator...

Has its roots in some history and lore...

Leaves you with unanswered questions...

Is pretty long, topping out at 704 pages...

Happens to be one of my favorites...

Ready to find out?

We'll be reading...

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova!!

For the month of October, reading at mininmum 23 pages a day, the #ImpossibleReaders will follow our narrator as she explores her fathers library, unearths ancient texts, labryinths of secrets, her family's past and her own future; and maybe combine some fate with long old evils hidden in history.

I cannot wait for you all to join me! To do so, just sign up here:




Until Next Time,

XOXO
BrainyHeroine

Sunday, August 27, 2017

It's Not Me, It's You...

Morning All,

(Apparently if you only hit the save function on your blogger app it doesn't post the blog. It saves it. Guess who forgot to hit the little paper airplane yesterday? #Oops)

#boutofbooks challenged us today to disclose characters we hate. Since I'm going to get a little heat, I've kept my list only to the tried and true.

1. Kricket, from the Kricket series.
2. The Boys from the Kricket series
3. MR. DARCY (Seriously )
4. Amy from Little Women
5. Everyone from Les Mis

Until next time,

XoXo
BrainyHeroine 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Let's Talk About Books Baby

Afternoon All,

Today's #boutofbooks challenge is all about #recomensday!! Picking recommendations for friends is hard, but just recommending different books in the same category can be easy...ish.

If you’re like me, you probably read a lot of YA and Mystery. Below are my recommendations.

YA:
If you like Fairytales or their retellings, try authors Rosamund Hodge or C.J. Redwine.

For a new spin on some old classics go with Alexander McCall Smith's retelling of Emma, Lindsay Faye's Jane Steel, and Curtis Sittenfeld ' s Elligible.

Mystery:

Should twisty plots be amongst your choice reads, then go with authors Ruth Ware and Mary Kubica.

Like your mystery a smidge darker and maybe more psychological thriller-esque? Try anyone Swedish; my favorites include Stieg Larrson, Camilla Läckberg, and Erik Axl Sund.

Until Next Time...

Xoxo
BrainyHeroine

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BOB 20: The Rewrite

Good Morning Readers!

Today is the second day of Bout of Books 20 and you still have today to sign up! I'm working on keeping a list of what I get through this week, along with what I start but don't finish. Plus it's fun to categorize books and make lists.

The prompt or challenge for today is to rewrite a book synopsis from another character's point of view. They gave an example from Harry Potter, with Hermoine's view, and I am attempting to tackle this challenge with Stephanie Garber's Caraval.

My sister Scarlett and I have never left home before; our abusive and monstrous father keeps us locked here as though we were saints for purchase and Scarlett's price has just been paid. Sure, she's been getting letters from her bethrothed, but I know they're my father's lies. I have to escape, Scar has to escape, and their is only one person who can help us do just that. For years my sister has been pining to go to the Caraval, a mysterious game that consumes its players. Whatever happens inside the game happens in a perceived reality, but remember dear sister, it is only a game. I am getting off this island, and if Legend keeps his promise, my sister will leave too. I've bargained my life away betting on my sister; I hope I wasn't wrong. 

Okay, I hope that wasn't terrible. It's acutally hard to rewrite a synposis without giving anything away!! There's a reason that one POV usually dominates them.

Until Next Time,

XoXo
BrainyHeroine