Friday, May 8, 2015

Free Book Friday Giveaway: Talon or Rogue!!!

Since Free Book Friday has been doing so well, I’ve decided to continue doing this feature every week, but instead of highlighting my books, I’ll be highlighting books that I’ve read and loved, so I can spread my love of these books to my followers!

Rogue, the second book in Julie Kagawa’s fantastic Talon series, released last week, and since it’s my current read (and I’m LOVING it), I decided to feature the series in my Free Book Friday this week! I love all of Julie’s books (if you haven’t read her Iron Fey or Blood of Eden series, what are you waiting for?!) and the Talon series is another example of Julie’s incredible talent for character and world-building. When I was an aspiring author, Julie was (and still is!) an author I look up to greatly, and I’m so honored to now be able to call her a friend as well :)

The winner of this giveaway can choose if they want Talon (the first book) or Rogue (the second book), and can choose if they want a physical book or an e-book. The giveaway is International to all countries that Book Depository delivers to. Good luck!

About Talon and Rogue


Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.


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Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?


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Free Book Friday - Talon or Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Diamonds are Forever Cover Reveal!

I'm so excited to officially be sharing the cover of the final book in my Secret Diamond Sisters trilogy today with all of you!!! But first, I'd like to thank USA Today for hosting the cover exclusively on their Happy Ever After blog yesterday!

Today, the members of my street team are sharing the cover worldwide through social media and I can't thank them all enough for their participation! I couldn't ask for a better street team! :D

And now for the reveal...

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It's cold outside, but the drama is hot!

The Diamond sisters jet to the mountains for spring break, and Savannah's flirt-mance with international pop star Perry Myles continues as her pursuit of stardom succeeds. But is it "meant to be" with Perry, or has the right guy been in front of her eyes this entire time? Meanwhile, Courtney takes the next step with her secret boyfriend—and future stepbrother—Brett…and with Adrian and Rebecca's wedding approaching, they feel more pressure than ever to reveal their relationship. Peyton might be figuring out a direction for her future, but she feels responsible for her bodyguard Jackson being fired, and wonders if the best way to find solace for her guilt is in the arms of someone else. But the biggest bombshell will change everything once again, because Madison's ready to tell the Diamond sisters the truth about the huge secret she's uncovered. And with Oliver, the boy who betrayed her but who could be the love of her life, in the hospital fighting for his own life, she might need the Diamonds more than ever.




Isn't it gorgeous?!! The model on the cover is exactly how I pictured Peyton Diamond to look! I can't thank the cover artist at Harlequin Teen enough for how beautiful all of the covers in this series turned out!


You can pre-order your copy of Diamonds are Forever today through the following booksellers:



And be sure to add the book to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!

So what do you think of the cover for Diamonds are Forever? Do you have a favorite cover out of all them? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below. And remember, What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...but that doesn't matter when you live there!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Diamonds are Forever Fan-Made Cover Contest Winner

The votes are in, and I'm happy to announce the winner of the Diamonds are Forever cover contest! Here is the cover that you all voted as your favorite:


Congrats to Suna (KiwiLover25 on Instagram and Twitter) on the beautiful cover! She has won an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of Diamonds are Forever once they're printed.

Also, an honorable mention goes out to the entrants who had the second and third-most votes:

diverg3nt_ on Instagram
xoavianne on Twitter

Thank you again to everyone who entered! You're all so talented and your covers are amazing. Be sure to check out all the fan-made covers on this blog post.

The official cover for Diamonds are Forever will be released tomorrow (Monday) on the USA Today blog, and on Tuesday by my Street Team!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Free Book Friday: The Secrets We Keep!!!

Since Free Book Friday went so well last week with my own books, I’ve decided to
continue doing this feature every week, but instead of highlighting my books, I’ll
be highlighting books that I’ve read and loved, so I can spread my love of these
books to my followers!

The first book I’m featuring is The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver. It released on
Tuesday, so happy book birthday to Trisha! I read this an ARC (advanced reader’s
copy) back in December and fell in love with this book. It’s an emotional page
turner and I couldn’t stop reading until reaching the end. I also love that it’s a
standalone, so the story is complete when you finish and you’re not left hanging for
a year waiting to see what happens. The Secrets We Keep quickly became an all-time
favorite of mine!

If you win, you can choose if you want the hardback or e-version.

About The Secrets We Keep


A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Guest Author Post: Adi Alsaid's Best Advice for Teen Writers

I'm very excited to have fellow Harlequin Teen author and friend Adi Alsaid appearing on my blog today with his best advice for teen writers! Adi is the author of Let's Get Lost which was released July 29, 2014 and Never Always Sometimes which will release on August 4, 2015!

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18812437-let-s-get-lost
Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.
Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.
There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

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 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24338298-never-always-sometimes?ac=1
Never date your best friend
Always be original
Sometimes rules are meant to be broken
Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school.
Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.
Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

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My Best Advice for Teen Writers

Full disclosure, I wrote about 600 words of an ill-fated hair-braiding metaphor as an answer to this question before I remembered an email I sent to a teen reader who’d asked me this very question. Past me was a lot more succinct, so I’m going to go with his answer. I hope it helps.

A) Read widely. You may have genres you love, but don't get caught up in one type of book. Read it all. If you hate the classics, read a few more and figure out why. Read YA, read literary fiction, read short stories, read paperback thrillers. The more you do this, the more you learn what makes a story good. You get a better sense for pacing, for dialogue, characterization. More importantly, you get a sense of what kind of writer you want to be, the kinds of stories you want to tell.

B) Write often. You probably don't need to do it every day, but when you get an idea, make time for it. Do it at a steady pace and it will be done in a period of time that will feel surprisingly short. Granted, I didn't finish anything I wrote for a long time, but once I knew I was becoming a writer, I wrote 1,100 words a day, almost without fail, until at the end of 3 months I had a 90,000 word first draft.

C) Patience. At 16, you feel so on the verge of who you really are, and I know from experience that you just want that person to arrive already. But it doesn't always happen that way. At 16, I'd experienced such a fraction of what I'd experienced at 22, and so many of those experiences are what helped inspire my writing. They're what gave me my voice. Am I saying wait until you're 22 to write? Absolutely not. Do it now. As soon as you're done reading this [post]. But if the writing isn't as good as you want it to be, or you feel like you don't know what you're doing, remember it does take time. Keep writing. As my high school teacher once very poetically put it: don't be afraid to take a shit on the page. Shit is the fertilizer from which your roses will bloom. And you will write a lot of bad stuff throughout your life. I still do. It's okay. Repeat the above steps.

About Adi Alsaid:
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.