Saturday, September 27, 2014

Swoon for Him Saturday: Jamie Fraser


*Swoon for Him Saturday is a meme I developed to honor my favorite majestic fictional male characters*

In honor of Outlander Day and having finished reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon a couple of weeks ago, I wrote this post and ... Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! So many feels. Outlander is a weapon! Diana Gabaldon snuck into close, slow and steady for 200 pages then tickled me, made me get all fuzzy inside then BAM! ripped my heart out, stomped on it, put it back and made it melt. Oh Jamie .. my poor Jamie :( [*no spoilers, if you read Outlander then you will understand].


Dude, like I am in love with James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser. haha ;) Notwithstanding, his dashing good looks, Jamie Fraser is my all-time favorite fictional male character. Ever. Hands down. Down deal. New Book Husband forever!


Seriously, do you need anymore convincing to jump on the Jamie wagon?

#KiltLove



If that thoroughly majestic face above is not enough to convince you then what about his immaculate ass, huh?


Holy Hell Lord Jesus, Mary and Joseph! The flipping kilt finally freaking dropped! *swoon*



Now, I would please like a moment of silence to praise the Lord and Sam Heughan's parents for his existence!
Happy Reading!
Ashley

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cover Reveal! Balance Broken by Hilary Thompson

Get this, last week I was invited by Hilary Thompson to participate in the cover reveal of Balance Broken! Now, if you Bookies have snooped around you will know that this is the first time I was approached by an author to do a cover reveal... Which is pretty darn neat. So, here we go . . .


Publication date: October 2014
Pages: 268
Pre-order: Amazon









The Story:
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS:
Balance Broken is the second in the Starbright series. In the first book, Justice Buried, Astrea fights to remain independent in a world which demands she submit to an ancient prophecy. In Balance Broken, she learns that independence means little when the world is depending on her.

The world cries for Order, but she’s igniting a revolution.
One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now, Asphodel no longer lingers underground, and the Starbright Maiden of Justice has returned.
Everyone has faith in Astrea’s ability to save the world - but only she knows the dark truth about her powers.
Astrea teams with Stian, Lexan, and Zarea to enlist the help of Lord Hadeon of Tartarus. They hope Hadeon will aid in attacking Asphodel’s First Leader Keirna, but the Destroyer usually takes lives, not sides.
As Astrea discovers life outside of Asphodel, she begins to wonder whether the remaining world is too broken to save - especially since the price of freedom just might be her own life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hilary Thompson was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she has made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.
After trying on hats made for artists, architects, restaurant and retail workers, landscape designers, legal secretaries, and professional students, she retreated back to her first loves of education and writing.
Hilary now teaches high school full time, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She also tries not to spoil her own independent, willful children or neglect her wonderful soul-mate of a husband too much. She tends to ignore laundry baskets and dirty dishes.

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for! Are you ready? The cover of Balance Broken . . .
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Pretty cover, is it not? If you judge books by their covers as I am guilty of doing, check out the Starbright series. What will it hurt?
If you are still not convinced, check out the exerpt below:

Balance Broken 

The burn of rage in my chest starts to spread, searching for an outlet. My palms are no longer sweaty but warm, and then hot. Lexan sucks in a breath as the heat grows, but he just squeezes my hands tighter, trapping the power in our fingers. A bit of wind swirls around us, lifting the heat from our palms, and I grin at this feeling of subtle power, turning my cheeks up toward the sun’s orange light, trapping it behind my closed eyelids.
A sudden crackle behind me breaks my focus and I twist to see a figure step from behind a tree.
“What are you doing with him?” Stian asks in a dangerous voice.
“It…nothing! How…what did you see?” I stammer. I rip my hands from Lexan’s and step toward Stian, guilt and dread coursing through me.
He glares at Lexan, then stalks back into the trees without another word. My stomach is churning with nerves. I thought we’d been so careful: finding an isolated spot to practice our silly games, telling Stian we were going to train, taking our bows and knives.
“Do you think he suspects anything?” I whisper to Lexan, remembering how Stian had already gone through the passage when the power of Justice finally slipped into my hands. He really shouldn’t know any of this. Could he have felt the heat in the air?
Lexan looks down at me, his eyes thoughtful. “I believe he thinks we were kissing.”
What?”” My stomach drops into nothingness as I recreate the scene in my mind, from Stian’s viewpoint: joined hands, smiles, my upturned face and closed eyes. A hot flush creeps into my cheeks.
“Because I’m pretty sure I was thinking about it,” he adds with a slow smile, catching my elbow as I try to turn after Stian. His fingers slide down to my wrist.
“Just because you think something at me doesn’t mean I have to let it in,” I answer, jerking my hand from his. I’ve glimpsed a few of Lexan’s ideas throughout our training this morning, and an uncontrollable ferocity washes over me.
“I trust you to be a friend, Lexan – not try to sabotage my shot at happiness!” I yell, yanking away again as he tries to grip my fingers.
“Trea, just wait a minute! I’m sorry – I’ll talk to him.”
“Just stay out of it! Out of everything!” I stumble backwards as a fierce wind pulls my curls across my face. I throw my hands up to block the swirl of dust and leaves when suddenly a burst of flame shoots into the air, buoyed upwards by the cool gust.
It burns out as quickly as it appeared, leaving me gaping up at the trees. Sunlight streams in a thick shaft through a neat, new hole in the canopy, and wisps of smoke swirl lazily around us.
“About time,” Lexan smiles halfway, his hands propped on his narrow hips. Suddenly he looks just like his brother Aitan, standing triumphantly in the classroom after tricking me to get what he wanted. Everything is too clear, and I feel ill.

Happy Reading!
Ashley

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cover Reveal! Katie McGarry's upcoming Breaking the Rules

Hey Bookies! Get this, last week I was invited by Katie McGarry to check out the cover reveal of Breaking the Rules on Goodreads! Now, if you Bookies have been paying any attention at all you know how I feel about McGarry's books. Generally, I don't go for Contemporary but after I read Pushing the Limits I was a goner for the series . . . And slowly opening up to other Contemporary works. Anywho, when I saw the invite for the cover reveal and an idea began to form . . . Alas, here we are :)
PublisherHarlequin Teen
Publication date: 12/8/2014
Pages: 304
Pre-order: Barnes & NobleAmazon
The Story:
A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry 
For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so…different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who's never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything—except the one thing Echo's just not ready for. 
But when the reason behind Echo's constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants—even as foster kid Noah's search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love and themselves. 
Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn…seriously epic.
- via Barnes & Noble

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for! Are you ready? The cover of Breaking the Rules . . .
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Happy Reading!
Ashley