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VBT–Spellbound Series by Sherry Soule. Guest Post

25 Nov

“Why I LOVE the Young Adult Genre”

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Guest post by bestselling author, Sherry Soule

Today bestselling author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! All the previously published books in the Spellbound series have been rewritten and republished with more epic romance and suspenseful thrills. The new versions also include exclusive bonus material and brand new scenes. Even additional scenes from charming, bad-boy, Trent Donovan’s point-of-view! To help promote the new editions, she is doing this awesome book tour to share the update with fellow booklovers.

Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry Soule—waving from the SF Bay Area, where it can get pretty foggy just like in Fallen Oaks. I can’t believe that winter and the holidays are right around the corner. Thanks for letting me visit today, it’s an honor to be a guest here and meet other fellow booklovers.

Since I was a child, I recognized that books were a way to travel to other places and have remarkable adventures. Even though I am older (you’re NEVER too old to read young adult novels, IMHO) than the average teen reader, I’ve always loved reading Young Adult literature.

I think I love reading YA Lit because I think that most novels in this genre are fast-paced and thrilling, and the stories are written in a style that is engrossing, with story-driven or character-driven plotlines. I also love that there are so many books created into a series nowadays, so that you can continue to have additional adventures with your favorite characters.

Could my love of YA Lit be simply because I’m still stuck at age sixteen, just a teenager-at-heart in disguise?

Could be. And like many of you, I’ve read hundreds of YA books and I can actually say that I enjoyed them all. Some I genuinely loved and these books became like good friends that I didn’t want to part with, so they adorn my bookshelves and wait patiently to be reread again one day. Other novels were simply read and then disregarded with a contented smile.

And you know what? I am NEVER embarrassed to buy YA novels (although I buy most of my books online through Amazon) in bookstores, or carry them around with me. I love the genre and always have and always will.

Of course, I realize that we all have diverse tastes in literature. Most of you will have varied genres that you love to read, and probably some of my favorite books are simply your forgotten reads. That is what makes the world of YA Lit, and reading as a whole, so dang fascinating. Each one of us will enjoy different types of characters, plots, and of course, a writer’s voice, the way only they can tell a story.

Personally, I like to read and write darker, edgier young adult novels. As you can probably tell if you’d read my books, I tend to write dark, tormented heroines, too. I love the angst of a female teen protagonist trying to come to terms with some dark secret or horrific event in her past, and usually, she ends up facing this fear, vulnerability, or threat, with a handsome, strong hottie by her side. Oh!—and I love to create an evil villain that is unquestionably devious, but complex. My antiheroes always possess some redeeming features, and because of these factors, I think it makes them much more interesting villains.

My heroines are typically intelligent, snarky, and full of fight. Like my girl, Shiloh Ravenwolf in the Spellbound series. You gotta admire Shiloh’s spunk and determination. When I grow up, I wanna just like her. Or a vampire. Or a ninja. Hmmm, not sure which…

Anyhoo, thank you so for letting me chat about my love of young adult literature. I hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably mine. 😀

Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:

Official website      Spellbound Series Universe blog      Twitter          Goodreads

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Deadly Witchcraft. Ghostly Threats. Doomed Romance.

They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.

When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.

Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them.

But underlying everything is the fear that Trent may be the next victim on a supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him…

With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.

Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.

BUY BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN (book 1):

ISBN: 978-0976180425

ASIN: B0058DE8YI

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR–Southern Attraction by Tracy Kauffman

10 Aug

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Southern Attraction

by Tracy Kauffman

Young Adult Romance

Categories: Action/Adventure

Publisher: KG Books

Heat Level: Sweet

Length: 174 pages

Available at:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Attraction-Tracy-Kay-Kauffman/dp/0989188205/

KG Books – http://www.kgbooks.org/#!southern-attraction/c1ohm

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Description:

Heather has everything she ever wanted; money, clothes, friends, popularity and parents that adored her. One terrible day, she is uprooted to a small town in Alabama with an uncle she doesn’t know.

The small town of Huckleburg was nothing like Manhattan. Country rednecks owned the town and no one accepted Yankees from New York. Heather didn’t think things could get worse until a tornado comes and blasts through the small town. Heather has to lose herself to rediscover what life is all about. She meets two guys that she can’t decide between who she really wants.

Join Heather as she discovers that there is more to life than money and fame. Will Heather ever fit in and find true love or will she stay an outsider living in the south?

Excerpt:

Heather was awakened by the sound of her alarm. Today is the first day of the rest of my life, she thought as she stretched and yawned. She jumped up out of her bed, hit the silence button on the alarm, and went to her closet to pick out her clothes for the day. After looking through all her clothes, she sighed deeply.

What can I wear to this illiterate, rustic school. If I dress up, then people will think I’m a snob and snub me. If I dress down, then I will blend into the crowd, and I will not be able to accomplish anything. I guess I have my answer. I need to be seen in order to make a difference, whether good or bad.

Heather picked out her black leather skirt, a white dress shirt, a black fringed soft leather jacket and her black leather boots. At least I’m wearing boots, that way I’ll blend in somewhat, she thought. She styled her hair the way she always did and put on her makeup with a little more emphasis than usual.

Heather heard a knock on the door, “Yes, what do you want?” she asked. “I’m going to be outside. My cotton pickin’ cow, Molly, got out of the fence, and I have to round her up. Be back after a while,” Mick said through the door. “All right, but I’m leaving in a few minutes, so I’ll see you after school,” Heather replied.

“Okey dokey, see ya later,” Mick responded.

“Okey dokey! I can’t believe I’m living with a redneck, dirt farmer,” she said as she rolled her eyes. Heather glanced at the alarm, “Crap, I’m going to be late”, she said as she grabbed her purse and ran out the door. The door slammed behind her as she ran to the car. She looked around for Mick, but didn’t see him anywhere. I guess he’ll realize I’m gone when he doesn’t hear from me, she thought.

As Heather drove down the narrow gravel road she looked for the right road to take to get her to the school. She saw Mick with a belt whipping his cow. “Now I’m seen everything,” she said as she laughed.

As Heather approached the school, a green ford truck ran right in front of her. She paused for a second after giving him the finger. I can’t believe these idiots, she thought. She pulled into the parking space closer to the front of the school, and she looked over to the green pickup truck. 

A scruffy looking guy with long hair climbed out of the truck. “You need to watch where your going. This ain’t New York, this is my town,” he said very hatefully with a smirk on his face. “No, you need to watch where you are going, you hick. You’re the one who ran in front of me,” Heather replied as she pointed her finger at him. Heather was a little tougher than she looked. She wasn’t going to let some corn fed hillbilly talk to her like that.

 “How do you know I’m from New York anyway?” she asked.

“That is for me to know and you to find out,” he replied as he turned away from her.

Heather wasn’t used to people treating her this way, especially boys. She was the most popular girl in the whole school at Manhattan High School. Now she was in a place that was oblivious to the fact that she wore an eighteen hundred dollar Armani jacket and Louboutin boots. How can anyone not care about fashion, she thought. Fashion is what made her so popular. Everyone in Manhattan wanted what she had. She was the envy of all the girls at her school. Now she felt like she was an outsider looking in through a dark stained glass and no one could see her.

Rapunzel Untangled Blog Tour

11 Feb

What a wonderful way to start the week! It is with great pleasure to have Cindy C Bennett, an incredible friend and an even more incredible author stopping by during the virtual tour for her newest release titled Rapunzel Untangled.

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BLURB:

A Girl Trapped in a Mansion

A Mysterious Old Woman

The Boy Who Will Change Everything.

My Review:

From someone’s perspective who–growing up–didn’t read the original story (never heard about it until I moved to the US) I was fascinated with Cindy’s take on it. Of course, after reading Cindy’s version I had to read the original and, without a doubt Cindy’s is my favorite version. It has wit, emotions galore and likable characters in the beginning and lovable ones at the end, not to mention a hint of … darkness.

If Innocence was to be embodied by someone–that’s Rapunzel. As for Evil Rapunzel’s mother outsmarts it by a mile. I found myself rooting for poor Rapunzel, wanting somehow to reach inside the book and rescue her from her mother’s twisted ploy. I won’t lie, that woman asked many times for a punch straight in the face–that’s how well developed the story’s villan is. Thank goodness for Fane this sweet, fun (and very popular) kid whose curiosity pushes him to look beyond the facade of Facebook and want to know and meet Rapunzel. Little does he know what he was about to unravel beats anyone’s imagination.

Without a doubt this clean YA novel deserves 5 stars in my books and a place of honor on my favorite-books-of-all-times shelf.

Now to the fun part. As part of her tour Cindy provides us with a copy of her new novel. For your chance to win it all you have to do is click here.

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About the Author

Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband – who happens to be her high-school sweetheart – raised two sons and two daughters. She’s now blessed with two daughters-in-law as well. She developed a love of writing in high school when a teacher introduced her to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing.

When she’s not writing, reading, or answering emails (notice there’s no mention of cleaning, cooking, or anything remotely domestic), she can often be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home. (Yes, she rides a Harley.)

Links for Rapunzel Untangled Blog Tour

Cindy’s Blog http://cindybennett.blogspot.com/

Rapunzel Untangled Blog http://rapunzeluntangled.blogspot.com/

Cindy’s FB https://www.facebook.com/#!/cindycbennettauthor

Cindy’s Twitter https://twitter.com/cinbennett

Cindy’s Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4116333.Cindy_C_Bennett

Young Adult Giveaway Hop 01/29 – 02/04/2013

28 Jan

Up until a few years ago I don’t recall reading novels in the young adult genre. The Harry Potter and Twilight of the publishing industry didn’t make it on my bookshelf, not because I had something against them, but because well … I had long passed that stage of my life (which I rather refuse to remember it) and because what could they possible have experienced for me to want to know about them, huh?

Well, I was wrong. Here and now mea culpa for being so … shallow. The truth is YA is one of my fav genres now, thanks to quite a few authors whose novels made me fall in love with it. In fact I began writing in this genre myself and I loooove it. Since I’ve recently given away books written by Sherry Gammon and Cindy C Bennett (which are by far my fav authors for this genre) I chose for today’s giveaway YOUNG ADULT HOP Cambria Hebert’s Masquerade. And to make it even more fun I’ll add my own historical YA short story called I Was Here–Before You Came.

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Organized by Kathy @ Im A reader Not a Writer and helped this time by Amanda @ BookLove101 this hop runs between 01/29 and 02/04 with my winner announcement on 02/05. Open internationally for your chance to win an electronic version of these books you could:

1. Like Masquerade on Amazon

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2. Like I Was Here–Before You Came on Amazon

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3. Like both! 

P.S: I’m running out of ideas what to ask of you in return for my prizes… I’d love to hear from you what’s your favorite thing to do to win. Leave a comment, please 🙂