Sunday, 11 January 2015

Review: Henni, by Miss Lasko-Gross

Release Date: January 20th, 2015
Z2 Comics

*Provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Find it on: Goodreads Amazon

In a fantastical world where old traditions and religion dominate every aspect of life, lives a girl named Henni. Unlike most in her village, Henni questions and wonders what the world is like as she comes of age. Striking out on her own, Henni goes out in search of truth, adventure, and more! 
Written and drawn by Miss Lasko-Gross (A Mess of Everything and Escape From Special), Henni is a commentary on religion, coming of age and being yourself.

What I Thought About Henni:

Henni's a Dystopian/Fantastic drama full of whimsical moments and a very intense read. I didn't know what I would find when I started reading it, but I definitely did not expect such a story. 

It is reminiscent of your favourite dystopian novels, like The Hunger Games and Divergent. Henni lives in a closed off village with a strict mindset. Everyone does as is told and no one questions anything. The church arranges the marriages and the people live lives handed down to them, without being able to choose their own paths. 

But Henni's always wanted more out of life. She wonders who gives the Elders the wisdom they need to lead her people and wishes she knew what was beyond the village's limits. People say that you lose your soul if you cross the boundaries, but Henni's not so convinced of this. 

At first I didn't know if she was a bat-like creature or a cat-like person. 

I enjoyed this book, but to me it lacked something that made it unique. Henni acts like your typical Dystopian novel main character: running out of an oppresive hometown, discovering different cities, wanting to rebel. But that's where I feel that the story fell short. I would have loved to see Henni fight for her cause, but instead, she submits to others' wills, and finally runs away again, leaving the reader hanging, wanting to know what else is in store for her. 

The artwork is beautiful. I especially loved the nature depicted in the drawings. The waterfalls were lovely. 

Henni hits stores in a few days.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Cover Reveal: Island Series by Viv Daniels

Island Escape (Island Series #0.5)  
Releases on January 20th
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ADAM    Luxury yacht, tropical seas, babes in bikinis…dream job, right? Wrong. The passengers are rich jerks who treat the crew like garbage, when they aren’t pretending we’re their whores. The best day was when that cokehead heiress Kalina tried to fire me just for doing my job. I swore I’d never go back home to my parents and their crazy fundamentalist ranch in the desert, but nothing could be worse than this.
    And then the pirates attack.
KALINA    Luxury yacht, tropical seas, billionaire boyfriend…dream trip, right? Wrong. After catching my man getting “extra services” from the maid, I know I’m the laughing stock of passengers and crew. Every time I lay eyes on that quiet, handsome deckhand Adam, I can feel him judging me. I want to die, and when the pirates show up, I think I’m going to.
    But Adam… he saves me. Now we’re alone together on a lifeboat in the open ocean. Adam thinks we don’t have a chance, but thanks to him, we’ve made it this far.
    And then, in the distance, I spot an island… 

Island Born (Island Series #1) 
Releases on February 23rd
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Once you come to the island,You’ll never be the same.    Joshua Truman grew up on a private island in the South Pacific with only his philosophy books and the beauty of his surroundings for company. His billionaire parents raised him to be the perfect man, brilliant of mind and pure of spirit.
    You know what? Purity be damned.
    When tempting grad student Carrie Young arrives on his island with a group of researchers, Joshua makes his move. He wants her, and he’ll utilize every advantage of his gorgeous surroundings and exquisitely thorough education to seduce her.
    Carrie is shocked by the things this supposed innocent is making her feel. But she must resist him, for Carrie is the keeper of dangerous secrets, and her boss has plans more devious than anyone knows…
The first of the 4-book ISLAND series.

Island Affair (Island Series #2) 
Releases on March 23rd
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Island Lost (Island Series #3) 
Releases on April 20th
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Island's End (Island Series #4) 
Releases on May 18th
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About Viv Daniels

Viv Daniels writes love stories for the young and young at heart. Like many of her characters, she met her husband in college, and knows all the ins and outs of navigating that kind of relationship -- from how to date when you're both flat broke to how to fit two people in narrow dorm room bed.

Her favorite new adult authors include Tammara Weber and Sarina Bowen.
Viv can usually be found on her Facebook page or Twitter feed, chatting with readers about her favorite New Adult fiction, or sharing pictures of cute boys.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review: Soppy: A Love Story, by Philippa Rice

Soppy: A Love Story, by Philippa Rice
Release Date: December 2nd, 2014
Hardcover and Ebook
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Find it on: Goodreads - Amazon 

True love isn’t always about the big romantic gestures.
Sometimes it’s about sympathising with someone whose tea has gone cold, watching TV and sharing a quilt, or allowing your partner to order take-away pizza again. When two people move in together, it soon becomes apparent that the little things mean an awful lot. The throwaway moments in life become meaningful when you spend them in the company of someone you love.
Soppy is Philippa Rice’s collection of comics based on real-life moments with her boyfriend. From grocery shopping to silly arguments and snuggling in front of the television, Soppy captures the universal experience of sharing a life together.
What I thought about Soppy:

Philippa Rice has created a beautiful story, a collection of moments, in simple yet captivating drawings and using only 3 colours. I truly love minimalistic designs and hers were adorable. 

I had no idea this was a compilation of the work she'd posted online on her Tumblr. I'm new to her art and I will definitely google her and check out more of her work. 

Soppy's made of little stories that are threaded together by these two very relatable characters: She's an artist... so is He. They love tea and biscuits and have little arguments about whose turn it is to make it this time. They fight over insignificant things and make up over chocolate and vainilla milkshakes. They love books and sleeping on top of each other. Things that make a couple be real and function on and off the page. 

This book is a fast read, but you'll definitely go back to its pages and take a better look at the lines and shapes and see how this doodle-like drawings come to life again in your mind.
You don't want to miss this one. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

How about I put my first book up for free?

So here's the thing: 

My credit card's an extension from my mum's. A couple of months ago I asked her to make it international so I could get paid by Amazon when I started selling my books. I started setting my account up on Amazon... and my mum never asked the bank to make the card international, so I can't publish my books until I give them proper credit card information. 

This info is just to set up my account; since I wanted to set the ebook's price at 0.00 I don't see why they'd need it, but they do. The print book is still going to have a regular price. 

And I've been thinking... I really, really want to make my book available to you all. So how about I gift it here, on my blog? Would that work?

I don't know. I guess I'll keep on asking the pros. Love them, couldn't do this without them. 

xo, E

Monday, 1 September 2014

Release Day: Let Me Know (Lost in You, #2) by Stina Lindenblatt

Let Me Know (Lost in You, #2) by Stina Lindenblatt
Release Date: September 1st, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: Paperback and Ebook

This shouldn't be happening again
Amber Scott thought her screaming nightmares would end now that her stalker is locked up and awaiting trial. But they return when her slam-dunk case starts to fall apart. Explicit letters she allegedly wrote surface, suggesting she was the mastermind behind her assault, a willing victim.
Amber only feels safe in the arms of her boyfriend Marcus, the one person she can lean on. Until damning evidence from Marcus's past collides with the case and the media circus drags them both down. To protect Amber's reputation, Marcus has only one option: end their relationship. He won't risk further damage to her case, even if it means breaking her heart.
Amber has to find the strength to step into the spotlight and bring awareness to victims' rights before she's convicted in the court of public opinion. And she's really not sure what's worse—that her kidnapper could walk free, or that the seemingly endless attention and speculation will drive Marcus away permanently.
See how it all began for Amber and Marcus in Tell Me When.


About Stina:
Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada.

Find Stina on: Website/blog - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest

Thursday, 28 August 2014

New Book and Giveaway: Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone

Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone
Release Date: August 15th, 2014
Paperback and Ebook
Find it on:
Goodreads - Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo - iBooks
Get a signed paperback from the author (US Only)

Life’s. Little. Surprises. 
The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too. 
Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for. 
Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall? 
Two lives. 
One story. 
And an unexpected journey to falling in love.
Clara's put together a giveaway in the spirit of her new book: Titles that speak about friendship becoming something more! Now, I've read some of these books, and they are amazing, so this is a giveaway you shouldn't miss! Join here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

FKL is getting great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, looks like I should be buying my copy soon to check it out! 

Remember, Indie authors need YOUR SUPPORT. Otherwise, we'd be floundering in the sea of novels unread for all of eternity! 

About the Author:

Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID.  Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.

She also writes YA paranormal romance under the name Priya Kanaparti. She is published through Reuts Publications.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt is ON SALE!

Title: Tell Me When (Lost In You #1)
Author: Stina Lindenblatt 
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
ISBN 13: 9781426897887

Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.
She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.
But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.
When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her. And Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.


Excerpt #1

He shrugs. “Our relationship only lasted the summer, but I quickly discovered that plenty of girls wanted to have sex with me. I was fine with that.” He looks back at me. “I was fine with that till I met you. You’re the only girl who makes me feel something.”

“Me? I haven’t had sex with you.”

Pain flickers on his face for a brief second. I can tell he’s thinking back to the night he almost tried to take things that far. “No, but just holding you makes me feel alive. This makes me feel alive.” He lowers his lips to mine and lightly kisses my mouth.

His smell, a combination of safety and spice, wraps me in a comforting cocoon. He makes me feel alive.

Be sure to add Let Me Know to your TBR!
Scheduled to release: September 1, 2014

About the Author:
Stina Lindenblatt lives in Western Canada, where she loves to dream up New Adult and Young Adult stories, especially those with romance. She loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina enjoys photography, especially the close-up variety. She is the author of TELL ME WHEN (01/20/14).