Thursday, June 30, 2011

Guest Blog: David Yoo (The Detention Club)

Today I have David You, author of The Dentention Club who talks about about detention, being a latch-key kid and more.  Also stay tuned, on July 21, I will have my interview of The Dentention Club which I can't wait to read!
The Detention Club

I definitely did my time in detention back in the day, usually for talking in class or over-drawing in non-art classes. One summer I had the equivalent of summer-long detention after stealing chemicals from Chem lab. I hadn’t paid attention in class and didn’t realize I needed to steal a Bunsen burner as well in order to make the chemicals light up in all these really brilliant, cool colors. My mom thought I was on crack when she found the
spoon, Bic lighter, and the tiny vials of white little rocks tucked away in the back of my desk drawer. I was busted, and had to do a summer-long project for the teacher just to pass the class. To this day I haven’t forgiven her for narcing on me. A version of this scene actually found its way into The Detention Club.

But far worse than detention was my years in Latch-Key in elementary school. Latch-Key might be a regional term—basically it’s where if you have parents who both work you have to eat breakfast when it’s still dark out (even in springtime) before getting dropped off at school an hour early, where you’re immediately sequestered in an empty classroom with a handful of other sleepy kids and it’s sheer torture to just sit there quietly, waiting for the rest of the school to show up at normal time so school can finally begin.

Thanks David for joining and sharing with us today!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Book Feature: Aurora Undefined by Kate Hinderer

Aurora Undefined by Kate Hinderer

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Fiction, Young Adult

****My review will be coming tomorrow.  I am in the middle of this book and loving it so far.  The characters are well-done, the story tracks real and I can't wait to finish this book.  I would have already had a nap not interrupted my schedule today.****

About the Book:
Aurora is entering her senior year and everything around her seems to be falling apart. Her best friend has joined the cool crowd and she struggles to grapple with the loss. But when tragedy strikes, Aurora realizes what loss is really all about and how moving on becomes a fight of the will, mind and heart.

About the Author: 
From Twitter:  Journalist. Blogger. And now writer of a young adult ebook, Aurora Undefined. Social Media enthusiast. Music lover. Marathon runner. Fashion fanatic.


FTC Information: I received through Teen Book Scene for an honest review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail: Character Tweets

Majestysmadness ~ Found a Carlton Fisk keychain from dead dad today in a dress shoe.  Set me back two hours.

Majestysmadness ~ Perspective point: A little girl in Africa just lost her mom to AIDS, now no one in the world loves her. :(

Majestysmadness ~ Could use a pick me up. Hope we win & @ATroubledMe makes connection in Monday's game. A foul. Whatever. Need a clank.

ATroubledMe ~ Ha. Very funny @MajestysMadness. I'll show you a clank, missy.

D23foryou @ATroubledMe @MajestysMadness is so right. You do suck monkey nuts right now.
Majestysmadness @ATroubledME JK! I'm sure you'll pull outta your slump, Alec. @D23foryou wants your spot in the lineup.

Majestysmadness ~ Just started Hunger Games. Can't put it down, but I really need new running shoes. Oldies are shot. Later!

D23foryou ~ With @ATroubledMe, hunger is always a game. Hmm, let's see if I can get every microscopic speck & ketchup smear this time.

ATroubledMe @D23foryou  Nice, Derek. First you slam my batting, now my eating habits?

D23foryou @AtroubledMe Just keepin it real, Hoover. Can't deal with freakin’ fat heads.

ATroubledMe @D23foryou Is that why you had a labotomy?

D23foryou ~ Hey, hey. Tumor extraction doesn't count @ATroubledMe

D23foryou ~ #thingsthatsuck #ATroubledMe #Yankees #onions #bluemoonbeer

MajestysMadness ~  Doing stairs in my new shoes. Love em. So comfy.

MajestysMadness ~ Haha @D23foryou re: @ATroubledMe. so dead on and HG! Still laughing.

ATroubledMe. RT so dead on and HG! Still laughing … @MajestysMadness you would be!

Majesty Madness ~ OMG someone in Ben & Jerry's line said beer & pretzel was a flavor on some survey she took. What can we do to make this happen?

D23foryou @MajestysMadness Got stupidity? beer + vanilla ice cream + pretzels = so obvious.

MajestysMadness ~ Nope. Doesn't count @D23foryou. It's not Ben & Jerry's.

D23foryou @MajestysMadness Really? I got a rainbow shirt. I can pretend. Put $3.50 in my paypal, I'll hook you up. What other flavors?

MajestysMadness @D23foryou How 'bout carmelized onion???

D23foryou @MajestysMadness Okay. Now that's just cold. I'm gonna be hurling all week now. Thanks. Appetite slain.

D23foryou ~ Yeeeeesss!!!! #RedSox slaying Twins 8-1 in eighth!

MajestysMadness Thanks for the update @D23foryou. On now … Taking down hitting notes for @ATroubledMe.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Feature: Echoes of Savanna by Lucinda Moebuis (Review coming lalter today)

Echoes of Savanna (Parent Generation)

Echoes of Savanna (Parant Generation) by Lucinda Moebius
Publish Date: August 31, 2010
Hardcopy or Ebook

****  My Review is coming later today, but I am halfway thorough this book and I have to say Echoes of Savanna really reminds me of some of the great Robin Cook and Michael Crichton books.   *****

About the Book:
Every generation has their defining moments, events that change history and turn the course of lives. Forever will the children of that generation be identified by those moments. Savanna Taylor is a medical doctor in 2036, the same year terrorists release a series of plagues and viruses into the world. She is a nineteen year old Brain Trust whose task it is to find a cure for the diseases and develop vaccines to prevent their further spread. The world is thrown in turmoil and Savanna needs to find a way to survive with her sanity and family intact. Can Savanna cope in a world in constant flux brought on by war and disease? Can she save the world and protect her loved ones or will she make the ultimate sacrifice? How will she be defined?

About the Author:

Lucinda Moebius grew up in the mountains of Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Her mother taught her to read when she was four years old and since that time books have been her constant companions. She has a Bachelors Degree in English Teaching, a Masters in Educational Leadership, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education. Lucinda supports her writing habit by teaching High School and College. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and their dog and cat. Lucinda is the author of Echoes of Savanna, a Haven Novel, part of the Parent Generation.

FTC Information: I received this book through Media Guests for review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.

In My Mailbox - June 27, 2011 + Giveaway

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. To see this weeks list of participants go here.

I haven't participated in months but decided it's time to participate again.  I get a number of books that come in that I don't get to right away but deserve to be recognized on the blog so that is what I plan on doing.

This was one of my big weeks as several of my major publishers came through with a lot of their offerings for the next few months.  This is not a normal week at all, but it is a week that has me very excited for my summer reading!  Tell me which one you are most interested in for a chance to win one of these books! (US/Canada only, ends 7/4/2011, book may be shipped later)  The ARC tour books are not part of the giveaway, sorry.

For Review:

How to Seduce a Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling
From Grand Central Publishing

How to Seduce a ScoundrelMiss Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother's best friend-for whom she's long nursed a secret tendre-agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risqué waltz. But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any self-respecting, recently discarded young miss with a wicked sense of humor would do. She secretly pens a lady's guide to enticing unrepentant rakes . . . and it becomes the hottest scandal sheet in London.

Every honorable rake knows that friends' sisters are forbidden. But suddenly Julienne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can't resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of kissing her senseless. He's always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers, but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match? 

Tamed by a Highlander by Paula Quinn
(familiar with her work but haven't read her before)
From Grand Central Publishing
Tamed by a HighlanderA LOVER'S PROMISE

Connor Grant left his first love in the Highlands, vowing to return after serving in the king's army. Seven years later, he is still fighting for the crown, and his victories are legendary-both in the battlefield and in the bedroom. Yet he's never forgotten his bonnie lass. And he certainly never expected to see her amidst the splendor of the British royal court: beautiful, breathtaking, and tempting him past the point of no return.


The night he left, Mairi MacGregor banished Connor from her life forever. Now her heart belongs only to Scotland. As part of a secret alliance, she journeys to London in search of information . . . only to find herself face to face with the one man she swore she'd never trust again. Though Mairi's body still craves Connor's touch, she can't forgive his betrayal. But a traitor lurks in their midst and to protect her beloved Highlands, Mairi must make a leap of faith and join forces with Connor-even if it means losing her heart to him again.

Dark Awakening by Kendra Leigh Castle
From Grand Central Publishing

Dark Awakening (Dark Dynasties, Book 1)Enter the world of the Dark Dynasties . . .

For centuries, shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray has prowled the night as an outcast, valued only for his ferocious hunting skills. When a feud among the immortals escalates into all-out war, he is ordered by his ruthless queen to locate a Seer-a human woman with a special gift-who can secure victory for their clan. Ty's search leads him to a quiet New England town, but once he has the Seer in his grasp, her touch awakens within him a hunger like he's never known . . .

Lily Quinn has always been different. Since childhood, she's had vivid nightmares and an eerie sixth sense. When a sexy, silver-eyed stranger demands her help, Lily plunges into a new world of danger and sensuality. With Ty, she discovers sizzling passions she cannot deny and powers she cannot control. Soon, it is clear that Lily is much more than a Seer-she holds the key to ancient secrets and unthinkable destruction. But will a vampire's vow of eternal protection stop these evil forces . . . or unleash her dark destiny?

Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy
From Harper Collins

Everything Beautiful Began After: A Novel (P.S.)Rebecca is young, lost, and beautiful. A gifted artist, she seeks solace and inspiration in the Mediterranean heat of Athens—trying to understand who she is and how she can love without fear.

George has come to Athens to learn ancient languages after growing up in New England boarding schools and Ivy League colleges. He has no close relationships with anyone and spends his days hunched over books or wandering the city in a drunken stupor. 

Henry is in Athens to dig. An accomplished young archaeologist, he devotedly uncovers the city’s past as a way to escape his own, which holds a secret that not even his doting parents can talk about. 

...And then, with a series of chance meetings, Rebecca, George, and Henry are suddenly in flight, their lives brighter and clearer than ever, as they fall headlong into a summer that will forever define them in the decades to come. 

Savor the Danger by Lori Foster 
From Meryl L. Moss Media Relations
Savor the Danger (Hqn)She may be aloof, and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can't forget, no matter how hard he tries. So when Jackson Savor wakes up next to the naked, sleeping beauty—with no memory of what happened— he knows he's been drugged…even if Alani doesn't.

After she was kidnapped, Alani vowed never to trust another man again. Still, something about this strong, sexy hero with the tender touch makes her want to believe him. As Jackson hunts down a mysterious intruder, he swears he'll move heaven and earth to keep Alani safe. But what really happened that night? And will the truth bring them closer than they ever thought possible—or put Alani squarely in harm's way again?

County Line by Bill Cameron
 FSB Associates
County LineWhen the steadfast Ruby Jane Whittaker drops out of sight, dogged ex-cop Skin Kadash sets out to discover what drove the woman he loves to leave her life behind so suddenly and without explanation.

The discovery of a dead man in Ruby Jane's apartment and an attack by a mysterious stalker send Skin from Portland to California--and into a charged encounter with her one-time live Peter McKrall.

As questions mount and answers grow increasingly out of reach, Skin and Peter cross the country on a desperate journey deep into Ruby Jane's haunted past--and toward an explosive confrontation which will decide if any of them has a future.

Witch Song by Amber Argyle
 from Rhemalda Publishing (through BLB tours)

Witch SongThe world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons-but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fades, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can't stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn't, there won't be anything left to save. 

Maria Juana's Gift by T. Lloyd Winetsky
From PR by the Book

María Juana's Gift - Second EditionSet during America's Bicentennial celebration in 1976, MARIA JUANA'S GIFT tells the story of Jake and Tina, a young teaching couple fighting for the survival of their infant daughter born on the U.S./Mexico border.

The baby appears healthy to Jake and the unconcerned staff at the small hospital, but Tina and a custodian/nurse's helper named Maria believe the child is ill. Maria's lowly status and lack of English cause the medical staff to dismiss her concerns. After the women convince Jake that something is wrong, he begins a frantic effort to secure medical attention for the baby.

How far will they go to fight the system in order to save their daughter? Although MARIA JUANA'S GIFT is a fictional account of preventable human medical error, the novel draws its passion from real events. Its theme approaches the very core of inhumanity but also celebrates the gratitude that the young couple has for the "gift" they believe will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers
Tor Teen

Original Sin (A Personal Demons Novel)Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.

Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.

Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.

And not everyone will get out of it alive.

Betrayal of Trust by J.A. Jance - Harper Collins
From Harper Collins

Betrayal of Trust: A J. P. Beaumont NovelSeattle investigator J. P. Beaumont uncovers a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of state government, in this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance
At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead.
It’s as bad as a snuff film can get, and what’s worse, the clip has been discovered on a phone that belongs to the grandson of Washington State’s governor. However, the boy, who has a troubled background, swears that he’s never seen the victim before.
Fortunately, the governor is able to turn to an old friend, J. P. Beaumont, for help. The Seattle private investigator has witnessed many horrific acts over the years, but this one ranks near the top. Even more shocking is that the crime’s multiple perpetrators could be minors.
Along with Mel Soames, his partner in life as well as on the job, Beaumont soon determines that what initially appears to be a childish prank gone wrong has much deeper implications. But Mel and Beau must follow this path of corruption to its very end, before more innocent young lives are lost. 

Overbite by Meg Cabot
From Harper Collins
OverbiteMeena Harper has a special gift, but it’s only now that anyone’s ever appreciated it. The Palatine Guard—a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican—has hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. With Meena’s ability to predict how everyone she meets will die, the Palatine finally has a chance against the undead. 

Sure, her ex-boyfriend was Lucien Anton­escu, son of Dracula, the prince of darkness. But that was before he (and their relationship) went up in flames. Now Meena’s sworn off vampires for good . . . at least until she can prove her theory that just because they’ve lost their souls doesn’t mean demons have lost the ability to love. 

Meena knows convincing her co-workers—including her partner, Über-demon-hunter Alaric Wulf—that vampires can be redeemed won’t be easy . . . especially when a deadly new threat seems to be endangering not just lives of the Palatine, but Meena’s friends and family as well. 

But Meena isn’t the Palatine’s only hope. Father Henrique—aka Padre Caliente—New York City’s youngest, most charming priest, has also been assigned to the case.
So why doesn’t Meena—or Alaric—trust him? 

As she begins unraveling the truth, Meena finds her loyalties tested, her true feelings laid bare . . . and temptations she never even imagined existed impossible to resist.
This time, Meena may finally have bitten off more than she can chew. 

Killer Move by Michael Marshall
From Harper Collins

Killer Move: A NovelStephen King hailed Michael Marshall's novel Straw Men as “a masterpiece . . . brilliantly written and scary as hell.” Now, Marshall returns with this latest unnerving tale—a creepy, fast-paced thriller that grips you from the first page straight through to its shocking end. 

Bill Moore already has a lot, but he wants more . . . much more. 

He's got a lucrative job selling condos in the Florida Keys, a successful wife, a good marriage, a beautiful house. He also has a five-year plan for supersuccess, but that plan has begun to drag into its sixth year without reaping its intended rewards. So now Bill's starting to mix it up—just a little—to accelerate his way into the future that he knows he deserves. 

Then one morning Bill arrives at work to find a card waiting for him, with no indication who it's from or why it was sent. Its message is just one word: modified. 

From that moment on, Bill's life begins to change. 
At first, nothing seems very different. But when things begin to unwind rapidly, and one after another, people around Bill start to die, it becomes increasingly clear that someone somewhere has a very different plan for Bill's future. Confused and angry, Bill begins to fight against this unseen force until he comes to a terrifying, inescapable realization: Once modified, there's no going back

Blood of the Reich by William Dietrich
From Harper Collins

Blood of the Reich: A NovelIn Blood of the Reich, critically acclaimed and bestselling author William Dietrich weaves two stories separated by place and time yet deeply intertwined by the dangerous secret they share. 

On the eve of World War II, explorer Kurt Raeder receives orders from ReichsfÜhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler to set out from Berlin in search of a legendary energy source hidden among the mountains of Tibet—one that could bring victory to the Nazis. Only one man can stop Raeder and his team of SS officers: wealthy American zoologist Benjamin Hood. Together with aviatrix Beth Calloway, he must race to the Buddhist kingdom before the tides of history run red with blood. 

Decades later, in present-day Seattle, software publicist Rominy Pickett is saved from certain death by a mysterious journalist who claims to know the truth about her family. Rominy’s history and courage hold the key to defeating, once and for all, the evil forces again on the rise. 

Moving from the remote woods of the Pacific Northwest to the underground laboratories of the CERN supercollider in France and Switzerland and to the mystical temples of Tibet, Blood of the Reich is a white-knuckle thrill ride filled with adventure, authentic historical detail, and unforgettable characters. 

This is William Dietrich at his very best. 

The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
From Harper Collins

The Woodcutter: A NovelWolf Hadda’s life has been a fairy tale. From his humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter’s son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the woman of his dreams.
A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later, prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes a breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk, and under her guidance he is paroled, returning to his family home in rural Cumbria. 

But there was a mysterious period in Wolf’s youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth—and revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back?
The Woodcutter is a treat that both lovers of the Dalziel and Pascoe series and newcomers to the always masterful work of Reginald Hill will devour. 

The Sixes by Kate White
From Harper Collins

The Sixes: A NovelFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Hush and the Bailey Weggins mystery series comes a thriller set in a college town where a student’s death sends one woman on a search for the truth and into the clutches of a frightening secret society. 

Phoebe Hall’s Manhattan life has suddenly begun to unravel. Right after her long-term boyfriend breaks off their relationship, she’s falsely accused of plagiarizing her latest bestselling celebrity biography. Looking for a quiet place to put her life back together, Phoebe jumps at the offer to teach in a sleepy Pennsylvania town at a small private college run by her former boarding school roommate and close friend, Glenda Johns. 

But behind the campus’s quiet cafÉs and leafy maple trees lie evil happenings. The body of a female student washes up on the banks of a nearby river, and disturbing revelations begin to surface: accusations from coeds about abuses wrought by a secret society of girls on campus known as The Sixes.. To help Glenda, Phoebe embarks on a search for clues—a quest that soon raises painful memories of her own boarding school days years ago. 

As the investigation heats up, Phoebe unexpectedly finds herself falling for the school’s handsome psychology professor, Duncan Shaw. But when nasty pranks turn into deadly threats, Phoebe realizes she’s in the middle of a real-life nightmare, not knowing whom she can trust and if she will even survive.
Plunging deeper into danger with every step, Phoebe knows she’s close to unmasking a killer. But with truth comes a terrifying revelation: your darkest secrets can still be uncovered . . . and starting over may be a crime punishable by death.

This Beautiful Life 
From Harper Collins

This Beautiful Life: A NovelWhen the Bergamots move from a comfortable upstate college town to New York City, they’re not quite sure how they’ll adapt—or what to make of the strange new world of well-to-do Manhattan. Soon, though, Richard is consumed by his executive role at a large New York university, and Liz, who has traded in her academic career to oversee the lives of their children, is hectically ferrying young Coco around town.
Fifteen-year-old Jake is gratefully taken into the fold by a group of friends at Wildwood, an elite private school. 

But the upper-class cocoon in which they have enveloped themselves is ripped apart when Jake wakes up one morning after an unchaperoned party and finds an email in his in-box from an eighth-grade admirer. Attached is a sexually explicit video she has made for him. Shocked, stunned, maybe a little proud, and scared—a jumble of adolescent emotion—he forwards the video to a friend, who then for-wards it to a friend. Within hours, it’s gone viral, all over the school, the city, the world. 

The ensuing scandal threatens to shatter the Bergamots’ sense of security and identity, and, ultimately, their happiness. They are a good family faced with bad choices, and how they choose to react, individually and at one another’s behest, places everything they hold dear in jeopardy. 

This Beautiful Life is a devastating exploration of the blurring boundaries of privacy and the fragility of self, a clear-eyed portrait of modern life that will have readers debating their assumptions about family, morality, and the sacrifices and choices we make in the name of love. 

ARC Tours:

Dead Rules by Randy Russell
From Teen Book Scene

Dead Rules Till death
Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.
But Jana's destiny was fatally flawed. And now she's in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling blue eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.
Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana's life—or death—story. Jana was sure Michael would rush to her side soon.
But things aren't going according to Jana's plan. So Jana decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true—no matter what rules she has to break. 

The Detention Club by David Yoo
From Teen Book Scene

The Detention ClubDetention
The best worst thing to happen to Peter Lee?
Peter and his best friend, Drew, used to be so cool (or, at least, not total outcasts) in elementary school. But now they're in middle school, where their extensive mica collection and prowess at kickball have earned them a new label: losers. Then Peter attracts the unwanted attention of the school bullies, and his plan to become popular through his older sister, the practically perfect Sunny, backfires.
Things go from bad to worse when Peter gets detention. But what at first seems to spell his utter doom turns into an unlikely opportunity for making friends and influencing people. . . .