Monthly Archives: July 2013

FREE: Fire, Ice, and Fear by Elizabeth Paradise

Fire, Ice, and Fear (Sun and Moon: Parts 1 & 2) by Elizabeth Paradise is currently free.

Fire, Ice, and Fear by Elizabeth Paradise

This is parts 1 & 2 of the Sun and Moon four part series.

Joining: Joining is the tale of a sixteen year old girl named Emily who was born without magic in a land where you’re ranked by how powerful your talents are.
She wakes one day after an intense dream, and crazy things begin to happen to her. Will she be able to stay grounded when nothing seems to be going as she planned? This is the day that changed her life for ever.

Fire, Ice, and Fear: Emily, Ashe, Blaze, and Raelyn journey through their city in search of Predilon, a creator who plans to destroy their land. Blaze and Raelyn must cope with no longer being able to use their magic, and their attractions to the Emily and Ashe. Emily and Ashe must learn to use their new abilities to capture Predilon. The entire group must face the things they fear the most to continue to move forward with their task.

Each is a tale that describes a chain of events in the magical city of Trillody. It is fantasy with a touch of romance combined to create an adventure that will leave you craving more.

These are novelette length works with a total word count for both pieces around 20k.

Good For You by Tammara Webber

Good For You by Tammara Webber

Reid Alexander’s celebrity life is an open book. Every relationship, every error in judgment is analysed by strangers. His latest mistake totalled his car, destroyed a house and landed him in the hospital. As his PR team works overtime to salvage his image, one thing is clear: this is one predicament he won’t escape without paying for it.

Dori Cantrell is a genuine humanitarian – the outward opposite of everything Reid represents. When his DUI plea bargain lands him under her community service supervision, she proves unimpressed with his status and indifferent to his proximity, and he soon wants nothing more than to knock her off her pedestal and prove she’s human.

Counting the days until his month of service ends, Dori struggles to ignore Reid’s wicked pull while challenging him to recognize his own wasted potential. But Dori has secrets of her own, safely locked away until one night turns her entire world upside down. Suddenly their only hope for connection and redemption hinges on one choice: whether or not to have faith in each other.

 

This is the third book in Tammara Webber’s excellent Between the Lines series, and it definitely shouldn’t be read on its own.

Webber is still my favourite New Adult author. She manages to write about young adults without the horrific misogyny and stupidity that is all too common in the genre, and she manages that at the same time as writing about celebrities! There is an incident in this book that completely blindsided me, and the book transformed from “good” to “oh, wow, a secondary character made me cry like it’s real life!”. It was some of the most powerful writing I’ve read in ages.

I was worried when I started this one, as the too good to be true heroine was everything biblical and conservative, talking about Bible camp and everything. Having seen the effect of America’s religious right on gender and sexual equality in recent years, I did not want to read about a heroine like this.

Of course, I shouldn’t have worried, because Webber is the least misogynistic author you’ll find, and also doesn’t construct her heroes and heroines to be clichés. There were so many layers to Dori’s character, and I was also able to believe Reid, the rather disastrous celebrity hero, would fall for her.

There’s a final book in this series coming soon, and I cannot wait to read it.

This Week

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This week seemed to fly by! On Friday I thought it was Wednesday or Thursday, and was completely confused when I had a conversation with my mother and she was talking about plans for the weekend!

I have some book reviews to write, but have been concentrating on my other blogs this week and haven’t been giving this one much love. 🙂 🙂

Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is still FREE.

Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

You can still enter the giveaway for one of ten copies of Pewter, Murder, and Loaded Dice by Nick Sconce.

Pewter, Murder, and Loaded Dice by Nick Sconce

Goodreads Giveaway: Pewter, Murder, and Loaded Dice by Nick Sconce

There’re TEN copies available in this giveaway. Entries close on the 30th of July.

Pewter, Murder, and Loaded Dice by Nick Sconce

Devin Predire is your typical eighth grader who only cares about becoming the lead singer of his friend s heavy metal band, winning fights at Gracefield Junior High, girls, and avoiding an aiding and abetting wrap for the murder of one of his closest buddies. When the band gathers one night to rehearse, Colin Mulroney arrives, and the group decides to turn out the lights and pretend no one s home. The four sneak out of the house while Colin stands outside begging to be let in. Fed up with Colin’s childish ways, Ethan, one of the band members decides to take out his aggressions by beating Colin with a fiberglass pole. Much to Ethan’s chagrin, Simon steps in before Colin is beaten to a bloody pulp. Colin becomes the sacrificial lamb to any ill intended men they encounter along the way. After failing miserably at the school talent show, the band decides to drown their sorrows at Alex s house. Opening the door for what should be the pizza delivery guy, The Band finds Colin badly beaten, neck broken.

FREE: Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is currently FREE.

Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

I never heard him come after me and even as I climbed the slope and stumbled onto our shaded back lawn, I didn’t look back. It was like the day the gnomes chased me all over again, but this time I was not escaping some horrible little creatures, I was fleeing from an incredibly good-looking guy who could very well understand me completely. I was either saving myself from that serial killer I always imagined lived down in the swamp, or I had finally gone over the deep end…

Meghan Elam has been strange her entire life: her eyes have this odd habit of changing colour and she sees and hears things no one else does. When the visions and voices in her head start to get worse, she is convinced that her parents will want to drag her off to another psychiatrist. That is, until the mysterious Cade MacRoich shows up out of nowhere with an explanation of his own.

Cade brings her news of another realm where goblins and gnomes are the norm, a place where whispering spirits exist in the very earth, and a world where Meghan just might find the answers she has always sought.

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This week brought some fairly disturbing news about One Direction fan fiction being professionally published. And apparently it isn’t the first time…

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My review of Where You Are by Tammara Webber.

Where You Are by Tammara Webber

 

 

One Direction Fan Fiction is Published…

Struggling authors everywhere: you’re doing it wrong!

I’m not sure how disturbed I am by this news, but there is something very bizarre about a book, written by a schoolgirl in her early teens, about having a relationship with a real life boy band member… hitting the shelves of major bookstores.

I know we live in an age where people have no problem publishing books about characters they ripped off from other authors, but a book about the fantasies of a pre-teen? A book involving real people? I don’t know, but I feel very squicky about this!

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“A One Direction fanfic got professionally published in Portugal, by a  once-vanity, now royalty-paying publisher. You can find it in the biggest  bookstores (the likes of FNAC, Bertrant, Wook) and it costs a measly €12.00. The  summary reads:

Nina is an 18 year-old-girl who sees her dreams come  true when she gets inside a plane to London. Together with her friends, she will  live an adventure she’ll never forget as she meets her idol, Liam  Payne…

A Google search will let you know that it’s actually a  translation of Before You Leave Me Today, a 1D fanfic  published on Wattpad earlier this year.”

Where You Are by Tammara Webber

Where You Are by Tammara Webber

Graham Douglas was instantly charmed when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film, but she was superstar Reid Alexander’s primary pursuit. After doing everything in his power to keep from falling for her during filming, a chance meeting gives Graham another shot, and this time, he’s taking it.

 
Emma Pierce sacrificed a promising Hollywood career to lead the life of a regular girl. She thought she’d conquered her feelings for the two night-and-day guys who vied for her heart while filming her last movie, until a twist of fate puts her in a coffee shop in the middle of Manhattan with the one she still misses.
 
Brooke Cameron just survived three months on location with her beautiful, arrogant ex – Hollywood’s reigning golden boy. Older and wiser, she’s set her sights on her close friend, Graham, and there’s only one thing standing in her way – Emma, the girl he can’t forget.
 
Reid Alexander can sum up his life in one word: boring. There’s little to do aside from interviews, photo shoots, and the premiere of his latest film. In need of a diversion, the last thing he expects to do is team up with his still-hostile ex to accomplish a common goal: the breakup of Graham and Emma. Game. On.

This, the second book in Tammara Webber’s Between the Lines series, picks up the moment the first one leaves off. In other words: this isn’t a book to read out of order!

I loved this book very, very much because the focus was on Emma and Graham, proving that the jerk bad boy isn’t always the one who’s good for you. Graham is one of my favourite romantic male leads. He loves so deeply, but without the creepy possessiveness bordering on abuse that is so popular in the New Adult genre.

Dealing with two young people who are more interested in acting than in the fame that comes with it, the majority of this book is about the two characters who try everything they can think of to break them up before their relationship has even got going.

Brooke, who didn’t come across as quite this crazy in the first book, is a maniac here. Though I DESPISE it when blond women are stereotyped like this, Webber does always give her characters – good and bad – many layers to their personalities.

Tammara Webber’s writing is addictive to me. I’d go as far as saying she is the best author in the New Adult genre.

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