Thursday, March 31, 2011

10% off at Book Depository!

10% off for facebook friends

That’s right! Book Depository is offering 10% off every order this weekend (until 4th April, 5pm GMT 2011)! You can use the code as many time as you want but only once per order (it would apply the 10% discount on every books, it’s just that you can’t stack the code to have 20-30% off).

All you have to do is use this link to get to the discount page
(you MUST use the link, or you won’t get the option to apply the coupon when checking out)

 10% off for the weekend!

Then you click Get Shopping

and when you check out, use the code FACE3104 in the coupon area (at the top of your order, remember this area only appears if you used the link above)

Personally I got myself three JR Ward books! ^^

HAPPY SHOPPING!

PSB: Guest Post & Giveaway with Andrea Cremer

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If you’ve been following me for a while you know I LOVE Andrea Creamer and her first book, Nightshade. Now her second book, Wolfsbane, releases only in July but I though inviting her to close the fest with me was a great way to tease ourselves with a taste of what’s to come this summer! Before I give the stage to Andrea, here’s a bit about Nightshade:

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Calla Tor has always know her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding scared sites for the keepers. But when she violate her masters’ by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might loose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

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Now let’s welcome Andrea!

A frequent question I get is "if there was a movie who would your dream Nightshade cast be"?

It's a super fun game to play and I do have answers. But before I give them, I have a qualifier:

It's really, really important to me that readers envision characters the way they want to. The people I'll mention here are just my ideas - but I love that every person that encounters the Nightshade pack will have their own picks.

Those who follow me on Twitter know that I've had Ren pegged for a long time.

 

(Ben Barnes)

Shay was eluding me. And how it pained me that I couldn't find anyone who captured the way I'd imagined him!! Then the lovely Mitali (aka AlleyofBooks) introduced me to this guy:

Max Irons.
And he is PERFECT for Shay. *Swoons* I am sooooo happy. Thanks, Mitali!!
So there are the two lovely boys vying for Calla.


As for Calla herself, She was tricky too and I’m still not 100% convinced about this pick. The model they found for the cover was perfect. But in terms of actresses, the closest I've seen of the way I imagine Calla is this photo of Dianna Agron:

And there you have it.

And special treat - A WOLFSBANE excerpt:
Someone else. Now I wasn’t just hearing Ren’s teasing whisper. I could see his face and remember the way he’d pulled me against him the night I’d run from Vail. From the ceremony where I should have become his mate. He’d kissed me, pleaded with me to say. Where was he now? He’d lied to help us escape. I didn’t want to think about the price he’d paid for that lie.

 

Before you leave us Andrea, What’s your best spring break memory?

My favorite spring break memory happened in my third year of graduate school right after my now-husband I and got engaged we took a trip to Arizona. I found my wedding dress in Tuscon!

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Thank you so much Andrea for stopping by! I love your cast and I really can’t wait for Wolfsbane!

Release: July 26th, 2011

This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended.Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered.

But then the Searchers make her an offer,one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

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Andrea would like to offer one (1) Signed UK copy of Nightshade to one lucky winner!

What a great opportunity to start the series before Wolfsbane’s release!

  • This giveaway is open Internationally

  • To enter, just leave a comment letting us know  who would YOU cast for Ren, Shay and/or Calla ^^

  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)

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Ends April 6th, 2011.

PSB: Giveaway–Box of Books!

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It might be the last day of the Paranormal Spring Break, but there are still some great prizes to win!

I have for one (1) of you, this box of books I received from St-Martins and Simon & Schuster Canada!

The winner will received:

  • Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
  • Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
  • 13 to Life by Shannon Delany
  • Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
  • This giveaway is open Internationally
    (You might have to pay for shipping if I don’t collect enough money through donations)

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  • To enter, just leave a comment letting me know which book interests you the most ^^

  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)

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Ends April 6th, 2011.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward –Discussion

*** THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK***

Ok I wrote my review but I still have more to say, and I couldn’t do it without spoiling things…so this post was created! Ok this is just a jumble of thoughts and feelings, I’m not gonna win a literary prize here, but let’s have a fan-girl/boy moment together!

OMFG THIS BOOKS WAS AWESOME!

Ok ok I knew Zhadist had to be cool for all is wild, dark, anti-social exterior and I LOVED getting to know him! All the scenes with Bella, the way his was fighting with himself because he wanted her, but thought he didn’t deserve her. That she should have a better man than him. Geez it killed me. The guy have a very strange way of seeing the world (but can we blame him really?) but he is so sweet in his own awkward way. And really I doubted a few times they would end up together. I just wanted to yell at the both of them at some point and knock some sense into them oh god! The whole thing was just SO good!

Then there’s the not so good. WHY KILL WELLSIE? OMG! So cruel! She was so sweet and loving and amazing and now we won’t get to know more! Why??? I’m really sad about it, but totally respect the author’s balls. Hopefully, Tohr will works through it but GOD, when O pulled the trigger I was like NOOOOOO. Put down that book, walked in the house for like 2-3 min not wanting to believe he shot Wellsie, hoping she would just be injured. And I was so disappointed when I finally picked the book again, and Tohr felt this pain in his chest… I knew it was over.

And to kill Sarelle to? John and her were so cute. I was hoping they would save her. Now John is all alone with Tohr who vanished. I really love the kid =(

Geez the whole thing was so cruel and broke my heart. I really hope everything will get better!

O is one bastard I’m not sad to see go. Bella was so courageous! I hope he won’t come back from the grave again.

Phury was also quite a revelation. I really feel for the guy. The way he suffers quietly for all his brother has suffered. I really hope he gets a happy ending to. I was glad he didn’t start the heroine at the end. I was like c’mon man, don’t do that!

And Rhevenge is the Reverend WAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I DID NOT see that one coming. I thought he was a sympath too because of the drugs and how Marissa tasted something in his blood, but stupid me I never did 1+1 lol Now that I know, all the hints were there. But boy, I really didn’t see it coming. Am I the only one? lol

So glad Zsadist turned his life around and is improving, and is now involved in recruit’s training. I really can’t wait to read the following book! I’m gonna wait a bit though before I pick up the next one, because I wanna make the pleasure last haha

Alright now that I’m done rambling, please let me know what you think!

***Please refrain from giving spoilers from the next books, I haven’t read them!***

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Book Stats:
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Signet (Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages)
Published: September 5, 2006
ISBN-13: 978-0451219367

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3

Reviewed by: Tynga

Book Source: Personal Shelf

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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

 

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of six very powerful warriors, respected and feared by civilian vampires: their role is to protect them. But one of them drastically stands out. Even his brothers fears him: Zsadist. After centuries of slavery and abuse, the male is damaged. Pain is his deliverance. Starving himself of both food and blood, scarred with soulless eyes he is a tremendous fighter because he has nothing to fear. What are you scared of when you’ve been to hell and back? But maybe, just maybe, he has a chance for redemption. He feels an inexplicable attraction for Bella, a civilian female who’s been kidnapped by lessers. He saved her, but can she save him from himself?

This review will be challenging to write because I LOVED this book so much I’m not sure my words can really capture the way I feel about it. Since the first book in the series, Dark Lover, I was anxious to discover more about Zsadist because I had a feeling his story would be interesting. Boy did Ward deliver! Lover awakened was dark, intense, stressful, passionate and oh so amazing! It took me over a week to read it because it was too good. Say what? It was so high in emotions I ended up putting the book down many times because I couldn’t handle it anymore lol I wanted to know what would happen next, yet I was so scared I couldn’t keep on reading. Call me crazy, but that’s how I felt hehe

I LOVED to finally discover the man this harsh exterior hid and glad we finally got to know his story. He had a gruesome past, no wonders he can’t handle emotional and physical contact. He was used in the worst way and left scarred (both literally and metaphorically) for life. Bella eventually becomes his reason to breath, but he feels unworthy of her and keeps pushing her away. Their relation is amazing and heart-shattering. Ward couldn’t possibly have told a better story. Consuming, overwhelming, their love for each other tore ‘em apart. Attracting yet repulsing each other like magnets, the whole story was a rollercoaster of emotions.

Zsadist & Bella’s isn’t the only tragic story though. Ward will kill a handful of characters in this book and I felt the lost right along with the survivors. I grieved for those characters and I was fond of them, one especially, and I wanted to throw my book away when she killed him/her. I also feel a lot of affection for the young John, and I really hope we’ll get to see him after his transition. His true identity was revealed in this book, but with everything going on, we didn’t get to see the consequences.

I won’t talk about the ending because I don’t want to give anything away, but let me tell you this: Right after finishing the book, I wanted to read it all over again. That’s just how good this book is. If you haven’t started the Black Dagger Brotherhood series yet, please do yourself a favor and by them. All of them, because one you finish one, you’ll want to read the next one right away. Trust me.

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If you read the book, I would like to invite you to join the discussion I posted!

PSB: Giveaway–Clarity by Kim Harrington

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Scholastic & Big Honcho Media are offering Two (2) copies of Clarity by Kim Harrington!

Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case—but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother, who has supernatural gifts of his own, becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

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Interested in winning this book?

  • This giveaway is open to US only

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Ends April 6th, 2011.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How about a wedding update?

If you’ve been following be for a while, you know I’m getting married soon ^^ May 28th to be exact!

I’m still hard at work on everything and since it’s been a while since I posted an update, I thought why not!

First, if you missed the previous posts:

You can see my wedding dress here
The bridesmaid dresses here
and my wedding jewelries

Now for the most recent updates!

We rented my soon-to-be husband’s tux and you can see it here:

On the left is the actual tux he’ll be wearing, but he’ll wear it like on the right picture. But with a red bow-tie ^^

Andrew Fezza Scarlett Tuxedo

He’s gonna be super hawt!

I bought my shoes on the same day. I choose some low heels because I’m 5’9 and I don’t want to be taller than him on the pictures lol – also I can’t walk in heels and we wouldn’t me to break my neck now would we? lol


They look silver in the picture but they are white

 

I’ve also been to my hairdresser to try hair style, but we still need to work on the details because I want my hair curled, but my hair don’t curl! So anyway here are a couple of looks I’d want my hair to look like


We also bought the guests gifts. We choose some cute little boxes we’ll fill with chocolate =P

And last but not least we chose our photographer. I’m nuts for artistic photography so I wanted something really special for my wedding and I think I found the perfect photographer!

Here are some pictures from his previous wedding shoots:

Amazing isn’t it?

You can visit his website here for info and more pictures!

So has you can see, the preparations are well underway. Actually all I’m missing is the cake and the flowers.
I’m super excited and I can’t wait for the big day!!!

PSB- Interview & Giveaway with C.C. Hunter

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Today, the great Christie (aka C.C. Hunter) made us the honor to stop by the blog, and chat about her newest release (It’s releasing today actually *Squee*), Born at Midnight! Read along to discover more about this new series, some fun tidbits about Christie’s life and a giveaway!

 

 

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Born at Midnight, really sounds like an awesome book, can you tell us a bit more about what to expect? 

KylieThank you, Cindy.  It’s such a pleasure to be here and discuss my book.  I have to be honest – I loved writing Born at Midnight!  As for what it’s about, well, it’s about a lot of things, really.  First, it’s about a teen camp for supernaturals.  It’s also about a young girl’s identity crisis.  Of accepting that everything she didn’t think is real is real and a lot of the things she thought were true turn out to be lies.  It’s about growing up, discovering who you are, what’s important to you and learning to deal with the mistakes you make, as well as the mistakes of our parents.

From what I gathered, we won't know what Kylie is in the first book, but how does she discover that's she's not really normal?

Good question!  The biggest clue that Kylie’s troubles don’t fit into the ordinary no-big-deal trouble variety is that she’s acquired a very strange stalker--a scary-looking dude wearing army duds.  But when no one but her can see him, she starts to get worried.  Kylie’s eyes are really opened about the supernatural world when she arrives at Shadow Falls Camp.  Vampires. Werewolves.  Shapeshifters.  Even witches and fairies.  But the oddest thing is that all of them think she’s one of them, though they’re not exactly sure what she is.

Your story is set in a school for paranormal kids and I find myself wondering what do regular teen conflicts are like when shifters, vampires and faeries are involved?

The thing I worked really hard to do was to humanize all my characters.  I wanted the problems they faced, to be some of the same problems real life teens face.   From parental issues, fitting in, and accepting others to insecurities about how we look, and making choices about sex and who we should or shouldn’t allow into our lives.  Now, some of those problems get an extra layer when you’re dealing with supernaturals but the basics are still the same.

I've seen a lovely post on your blog on how you chose the title of your book, and I'm curious about how you chose your characters name?

Okay, I’ll confess, I’m terrible with coming up with the names for my characters.  You want to know Kylie2where most of the names come from?  From author names that just happen to be on the books lining my bookshelves beside my desk.  I’m writing and realize I need a name and I’ll glance over to my bookshelf and choose the first one that catches my eye.  One of my critique partners is always telling me that I need to branch out and come up with names that didn’t sound as if they were all from the same family.  LOL.  So with this series, I tried to come up with some names that were at least different. 

I can only guess how hard it is to write a book, what's your favorite part of the whole process?

Starting a book.  I love when I first get going and the characters start coming to life right on the page.  I love it when they suddenly won’t do what I tell them to do, because they’ve sort of gotten a life of their own.  Kylie did that when I wrote Born At Midnight, and Alone At Dawn, book 2 of the Shadow Falls series.  I’m working on the third book in the series and, yep, you guessed it.  Kylie is running the show.  Sometimes I just can’t type the words fast enough . . . and I couldn’t be happier!

Can you tell us 3 surprising facts about yourself?

Hmm.  Okay, I’ll give it a try:

  1. I was put in handcuffs once for throwing a bottle at a cop car’s windshield and calling him a pig.  Thankfully, I was getting paid to do it.  I was working as an extra on a movie.  I’m really not that crazy.  LOL.
  2. I speak fluent Spanish, so fluent that and I was once accused of dyeing my hair blond, and faking being an American when I lived in South America.  I swear I’m a natural blond!  (Although my hair stylist does have to give me a little extra help every now and then.  LOL.)
  3. In my past, before I wrote novels full-time, I worked as a photojournalist.  I’ve traveled to places like China, and France to do photos and write travel articles.

 

Last, would you please share with us your best Spring Break memory?

Okay, that one’s easy!  I had a crazy cousin who lived about fifty miles away from me and we only got to see each other during spring break and summers.  We were both good kids, but there was something about each of us that brought out the crazy in each other.  Every time we got together, we’d get in so much trouble, not like really bad stuff, but like the time we were twelve and she decided we were going to ride this horse that was in a pasture near my house. 

So, did we go ask the neighbors if we could do this?  Oh, no, we took it upon ourselves and climbed the fence and just went for it.  I think she’d seen a western movie about breaking horses and she was certain all we had to do was climb on its back and hang on to its mane.  I wasn’t as certain, but I wasn’t about to let Jenny get all the credit for breaking that horse, so I went along with her plan. 

Well, let’s just say we didn’t hang on tight enough.  Not the first time or the fifth time that old horse tossed us off his back.  Finally, he just got tired of our game and we got chased out of the pasture by a very ticked off horse baring his teeth, and we were forced to climb a barbed-wired fence in record time.  I still have scars from that day.  But I think those scars are prettier than those I would have gotten from that dang horse and his yellowed teeth.  Ahh, but the memories of those weeks spent with Jenny still make me smile.     

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Thank you so much Christie for taking the time to chat with us! It’s greatly appreciated <3

Now here’s a bit more about her books!

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Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

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Please take not that even though this blurb was written by C.C. Hunter, it is not the final/official version.

Kylie Galen thought her life was a mess before she went to Shadow Falls Camp.  However, now that she’s discovered she’s not human, the problems presenting themselves are anything but normal.

She’s is determined to uncover the answer to her supernatural heritage, but with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about to die,  her newly developed sixth sense telling her someone is watching her and a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, Kylie’s quest for answers is on hold.   As if her life isn’t difficult enough, just when she’s about to give her heart to Derek, he starts pulling away.  When Lucas comes back, Kylie’s feels more conflicted than ever.   Kylie’s weekend with her mom should have been just the break Kylie needs, but it turns out to be her breaking point.   Finding out her heritage may not ever matter if she doesn’t survive.

Also, you can now get a shot story introducing the Shadow Falls world for FREE:

If like me you are Canadian (or INT), you can read Turned at Dark online HERE

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Christie would like to offer a copy of Born at Midnight & this awesome swag pack to one of you guys!

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it includes:

  • mirror/brush compacts
  • notecards
  • pens
  • bookmarks

Giveaway is opened Internationally

All you have to do is Leave a comment letting us know how do you think you’d react if you learned you’re not really human?

You can earn one extra entry for spreading the word. Please provide link in a second comment.

Tweet: WIN! Born at Midnight + Swag by C.C. Hunter http://bit.ly/h0MJwx hosted by @Tynga & @parajunkee #giveaway #paranormalspringbreak PLZ RT

Ends April 6th, 2011.

Christie also has a kindle giveaway going on, which ends today. So hurry up if you wanna enter!

You could be a click away from winning your own Kindle. From March 22th- March 29th, I'll be hosting a contest and giving away a Kindle to one lucky winner. Three more lucky winners will receive an ARC of Awake At Dawn as soon as the ARC is available, which will probably be in June. But that's not all! Three more winners will receive a copy of Born At Midnight. So that's seven winners total! All you have to do to enter is Tweet my post about the release of Turned at Dark and Born At Midnight when it appears on March 22nd here at my blog. Bloggers and Reviewers are welcome to participate.

-C.C Hunter

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Monday, March 28, 2011

PSB: Interview & Giveaway with Jackie Morse Kessler

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Jackie’s books really stand out from the crowd because even though there is a strong paranormal element, her novels features delicate subjects such as anorexia and self injuring. Make sure you read along to discover more about her world and learn juicy details about the upcoming books.

 

A series about the four horsemen of the apocalypse is very unique, would you mind introduce us to your Lore? Have you done a lot of research before your wrote your books? Were there some sources with a bigger impact on your series?

JK: Well, the original source is from the Book of Revelation. But there are plenty of other influences—Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s fabulous GOOD OMENS, Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality, and Marvel Comics’ X-FACTOR are three big ones. One of the things I had to do was figure out what the purpose of the Horsemen were in my books, considering that I don’t really want the world to end in Armageddon just yet. :) By the third book (which I’m working on now), many of the worldbuilding questions are answered. And by the fourth book, everything else will be answered. Stay tuned!


Anorexia and self-injuring, addressed in respectively Hunger & Rage, are very touchy subject, how did you approach them?

JK: I used to be bulimic, so writing HUNGER was very cathartic for me. RAGE was emotionally draining to write; I’ve never self-injured but of course I’ve had times when I’ve felt like everything was just too much to bear. I did my best to be honest with both books — there are graphic parts to both, because I didn’t want to shy away from the ugly reality behind eating disorders and self injury.


Have you been contacted by individuals or support group for those conditions?

National Eating Disorders AssociationJK: A few readers have told me that HUNGER really spoke to them because they used to suffer from an eating disorder. More have told me that they had never thought about eating disorders before reading HUNGER. The more that people start talking about things like anorexia and bulimia and self-injury, the more likely it is that people who need help will get the support they need. I’m donating a portion of HUNGER proceeds to the National Eating Disorders Association, and a portion of RAGE proceeds will go to the organization To Write Love On Her Arms.


Would you like to introduce your main characters to us?

JK: Lisa is 17 and anorexic, but she doesn’t believe she has a problem—even though she’s at the point where she’s hallucinating, her hair is falling out, she’s alienating those who care about her, and she’s picking fights all the time. HUNGER begins right after Lisa has accepted a strange parcel from an even stranger deliveryman, who tells her, “Thou art Famine. Go thee out unto the world.”

Missy is 16 and a self-injurer. Unlike Lisa, she knows she has a problem and is desperately trying to stop, but situations keep occurring that drive her back to the blade. Death comes calling and offers her the Sword of War.


If you had to pick a song to represent each one of them, what would they be and why?

JK: LOL, Nirvana is on all of the Riders of the Apocalypse book soundtracks. :) For Lisa, it would be “Come As You Are.” For Missy, it would be “Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam.”




Do you already have plans for the next two horsemen? Would you let us in on the secret without any spoilers?

JK: Yes indeed! I’m writing LOSS right now — it’s about a bullied teenage boy who is tricked into becoming Pestilence. And the last book will be called BREATH, and that’s Death’s book. **rubs hands gleefully**

And last, a question I ask to all my guests: What's your best spring break memory?

JK: Oh my gosh. Spring Break was so long ago! But recently, my family and I went to Walt Disney World. That was tons of fun — even the waiting on lines for rides was fun! (Well, okay, maybe not that...) Hope to go again next summer.

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Thank you so much Jackie for taking some time in your busy schedule to stop by <3

Hunger (Horsemen of the Apocalypse, #1)“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

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Rage (Horsemen of the Apocalypse, #2)Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.

That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.

A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

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Jackie would like a to offer one (1) copy of RAGE to one (1) lucky winner!

  • This giveaway is open Internationally

  • To enter, just leave a comment letting us know  how you feel about touchy subjects in books ^^

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Ends April 6th, 2011.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

PSB: Simon & Schuster Prize Pack #2!

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Simon & Schuster are offering you guys two Prize Pack of Awesome! This is the second pack of two, and this one leans more toward Romance. Now y’all wanna know what the prize is I suppose? *winks*

Title: Affair Without End
Author: Candace Camp
ISBN: 9781439117996
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On Sale: 3/22/11

Description
If a sophisticated beauty proposes a clandestine affair, could even the most proper gentleman resist? New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp concludes her scintillating Willowmere series with a seductive tale of an alluring lady who dares to break the rules. . . .
When Oliver, Earl of Stewkesbury, asks the dashing Lady Vivian Carlyle to ensure that his American cousins meet the cream of London society, he doesn't anticipate the danger she will pose to his own self-control. Thrown into intimate contact with the lovely lady, Oliver finds he cannot stop thinking of Vivian—of her wit, of her smile . . . of her lips. And when Vivian, who has sworn never to subject herself to the bonds of matrimony, boldly suggests that she and Oliver become lovers instead, her scandalous proposal is temptation indeed! But with an alarming series of jewel thefts rocking London, the ever-outrageous Vivian insists on trying to discover the perpetrator despite Oliver's admonitions. And when a bold lady steps into danger, it is a gentleman's duty to protect her at all costs. What neither Oliver nor Vivian can anticipate, however, is that the ultimate cost may be both their hearts. . . .

Title: The Bum Magnet
Author: K.L. Brady
ISBN: 9781451613704
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On Sale: 3/29/11

Description
Successful real-estate agent Charisse Tyson is nearing 40, and after 2 decades of tumultuous, up-and-down relationships with cheating men, she’s ready to overhaul her life and make some lasting changes.  Charisse swears off dating and sex until she gets her life in order—but unfortunately, stunningly sexy, charming Dwayne, a client of Charisse's comes along, and she immediately jumps in bed with him.  Thinking about the potential for this new relationship, Charisse reads her journals and contemplates the failed relationships of her past:  Lamar, who had his own “African tribe” of 8 kids by different mothers, Sean, who was married with a kid, Marcus, who kissed another woman in Charisse’s own car, and Jason, the man 10 years her junior who was shipped to Iraq and had an affair with his (female) C.O.
Just looking at her past mistakes isn’t enough to set her on the right path.  Charisse has to let go of a terrible incident from her youth in order to trust men and trust herself.  When Dwayne starts acting funny, and a mysterious FBI agent named Kevin starts turning up everywhere Charisse goes, she realizes she’s in for another disaster.  After revealing the dark secret of her rape to her family, she’s able to move on when it turns out that Dwayne is a con artist, has a wife AND a fiancée besides Charisse, and ends up in jail for 20 years.  Knowing what she knows now, she’s in for a new relationship without all the drama and hurt of the past.

Title: Highlander’s Curse
Author: Melissa Mayhue
ISBN: 9781439190326
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On Sale: 3/29/11

Description
When COLIN MACALISTER is cursed by the Faerie Queen and ends up in the bed of a twenty-first-century woman—who also happens to be the most beautiful creature he's ever laid eyes on—he's torn between anger and lust. Colin is determined to see Scotland free of English control and must return to the fourteenth century, yet he cannot forget the woman who haunts his dreams and stirs him with scorching desire.

ABIGAIL PORTER can't believe her luck. After making a wish to find her soul mate, she wakes up to find a gorgeous man in her bed! Can he really be a medieval Highlander summoned by her Faerie Magic, however? It seems crazy, but when Abby discovers someone wants to enslave her because of her Faerie heritage, she agrees to flee with Colin to 1306 Scotland to avoid capture. Thwarting danger at every turn, Abby and Colin surrender to an irresistible passion. But is the magic of true love powerful enough to save them?

Title: The Pastor’s Wife
Author: Reshonda Tate Billingsley
ISBN: 9781451611632
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On Sale: 4/26/11

Description
Ambition, desperation, and redemption abound in nationally bestselling author Allison Hobbs's unforgettable novel about a woman forced to sink to the darkest depths of morality . . . and her quest to fight her way back.
Victoria Carlton invested everything into her dream of becoming a singer—her hopes, her time, her life savings—only to fall victim to the harsh realities of the recording industry. Devastated, broke, and faced with the choice between committing herself and her young son to a world of homeless shelters or entering the seedy world of prostitution, she applies for a job at Pandora's Box, a downtown Philadelphia brothel that bills itself as a "massage salon." Her lifestyle quickly improves, and the gratification of instant cash replaces her willingness to find a low-paying, legitimate occupation. One day, an unlikely customer appears at Pandora's Box. Young, handsome, and well dressed, he is immediately drawn to Victoria. The two begin a love affair fraught with complications, leaving Victoria plagued by guilt and insecurities until a botched robbery and the murder of a coworker compel her to look beyond the fast money and reclaim her morals—and her life.

So two (2) winners will each get all four (4) books! Courtesy of Simon & Schuster US!

  • Open to US Only (no P.O. Boxes)
  • To enter, just leave a comment letting me know which of these books are you most excited about ^^

  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

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  • Ends April 6th, 2011.