Saturday, November 1, 2014

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack


Welcome to my stop on the ALL BROKE DOWN blog tour! 

*hands you a cupcake, a napkin and a fan* 

'Cuz it's about to git real hot up in here.  


~ About the Book ~ 

Series: Rusk University #2
Publication: October 28, 2014
By: William Morrow PB 
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5 STARS!
In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can't only fight for what you believe in... sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.



And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL LINED UP Rusk University #1 Today!






 ~ My Thoughts  ~

I was SO EXCITED when I heard that Silas Moore was getting his own story. VERRA, VERRA EXCITED! He may not have been Dallas' favorite person in ALU, but I had a feeling there was more to this guy than a bad reputation, an awesome head of hair and making girls drool like it's his job. 


Silas has not had the easiest life and sure, he's made his fair share of mistakes, but he also carries around a lot of unnecessary guilt. Easing that guilt often involves breaking the rules, or you know, someone's face. But while he could stand to learn a few anger management skills, what Silas really needs is someone to believe in him. Believe that he is good enough just the way he is. 

Despite all appearances, Dylan hasn't had the easiest life either and her fear of losing her parent's love means she's always done what's expected of her. Always. Even when it's made her unhappy. Her compassion, kindness and willingness to stand up for others is inspiring, but she's not really living the life she wants to live. Not yet. But she puts on a smiley face and does her best even though inside she's doing this... 

When Silas and Dylan get together, let's just say things start to go boom: brownies, bathrooms and bedroom doors. But so do their feelings for each other along with their fears about what those feelings could mean for the long term. They mess up, make mistakes and then make amends. They're young and still trying to figure it all out and THAT IS OKAY! 

One of the things I most enjoy about this series, aside from the kissing and football pants, is how it represents the college experience. There's an incident that happens near the end which unfortunately represents a stark reality of college life too and I'm curious to see how it plays out in future books.

ALL BROKE DOWN makes an excellent addition to the RUSK UNIVERSITY series and I'm ready for the next book NOW!


Oh, and Silas? 

JSYK...
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~ About Cora Carmack ~ 

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.


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Friday, October 31, 2014

BLOG TOUR + BAKING WITH ROTH & ZAYNE: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes!
This is my stop on the Stone Cold Touch tour and you're in for a treat because Roth and Zayne stopped by to make cupcakes for Layla. More on that in a minute. 


 ~ About the Book ~


Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.  Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…


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And don’t forget the previous books in The Dark Elements Series…



~ About the Author ~

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.




~ Guest Post: Baking with Roth and Zayne ~  

To celebrate the release of STONE COLD TOUCH, I invited Roth and Zayne over to make cupcakes for Layla, an idea that seemed like a good one at the time, but now--- *glances around at the mess* I'm not so sure. 



Zayne showed up first nearly giving me a heart attack. I mean, it's not every day you open the door to find a gargoyle smiling at you, right? He quickly apologized then proceeded to transform into his human form in the middle of my kitchen and well...I'm pretty sure he violated a health code or two. 


 
Roth arrived a few minutes later wearing a sardonic smile and an apron that said, "I Turn Ovens On". I laughed. Zayne didn't. 



Me: Thanks for coming, guys! What flavor should we make for Layla today?
Roth: Chocolate because it's sinfully delicious. Like me. 

Me: True.

Zayne: *rolls eyes* Layla loves cookie dough. It's her favorite. There's always some in our refrigerator at home. You know, were we live. Together. 
Me: Also true.

Now that the guys are arguing over what flavor cupcake Layla really wants, I notice half of the cookie dough balls I made last night are missing and every visible surface is dusted in powdered sugar, us included. At some point during our introduction, Bambi managed to slip off Roth's arm unnoticed and is now coiled around my KitcheAide mixer, flicking the power switch off and on with the end of her tail. Each time she does it, another puff of white explodes into the air. 

Me: Okay, guys. We don't have a lot of time, so we need to focus. How about we try to give Layla the best of both worlds and make her cookie dough cupcakes with chocolate buttercream, sound good? 

Zayne:  Layla will love the cookie dough cupcakes.  Let's do it.

Roth:  If that will get him to shut up, I'm all for it.
Me: The first rule of baking is what?
Roth: The first rule of baking is to get...hands on.

Zayne: What is the purpose of him being here again?
Me: Actually, the first rule is wash your hands. And don't lick your fingers until you're completely finished. Got it?
Them: Got it.

Me: Let's get started. Grab a---
Roth: You need something.

Me: Huh?

Roth: Your face.

Me: My face?

Roth: It's in need of my----apron. You have sugar on your face.
Zayne:  Can we just get started?



I hand Zayne an apron, give them each a bowl, point out ingredients and they start mixing: flour, sugar, eggs, butter, oil and milk. 



Zayne: Shouldn't we use the mixer for this part? 
Roth: Aww, what's the matter, Stony. Arms tired already?

Zayne: No. It just seems like a waste of time to do it by hand.

Me: We could use the mixer but, you two are both big strong guys. *pats them both on the back* And I'm not volunteering to get between Bambi and her new toy. Are you? 



She hisses and another white cloud of sugar goes poof. At this rate there won't be anything left to make frosting with.

Me: Now that your batter is ready, you're going to pour it into the cupcake liners, filling each one 2/3 of the way up. Then we'll add the cookie dough balls.
Zayne: Like this? 
Me: Yes. You're doing a great job, Zayne!  


He smiles. 
I smile.
 Roth reaches over and drags his finger through Zayne's bowl. 

Zayne: Stay the hell away from my bowl. *shoves Roth*
Roth: You really want to start something with me?  Right now?  *shoves Zayne back*
Me: Do I need to separate the two of you? 

Them: No.

Me: All right, can one of you hand me the container of cookie dough balls?
Zayne: I don't see it. Where did you put it?
Me: On the counter. It was right here a minute ago---*searches around* 
Roth: *starts to choke*
Me: Are you okay, Roth?
Roth: *nods* 
Zayne: I think I found those balls you were looking for, Jen.
Me: Oh good, where are they?
Zayne: In Roth's mouth. 
Me: *rolls eyes* I guess we're making vanilla cupcakes now.


The cupcakes go in the oven, the timer is set and we wait. 



Me: While we're waiting for the cupcakes to be done, let's talk about Layla. What is your favorite thing about her? 
Zayne: It's not just one thing. Layla's my best friend, but she's so much more than that.

Roth:  Layla's just...Layla.  Probably the only time I'll ever agree with him, but he's right.  It's not just one thing.

Me: What's one thing that she does that drives you nuts? Either in a good way or a bad way.
Roth: Hangs out with Stony.  So that's in a bad way.
Zayne: I could say the same thing about you.  Except you're worse.

Me: If you had to describe your feelings for her using only one word, what would you choose?
Zayne: Real
Roth: Intense



Once the cupcakes are cooled and Bambi has been returned to the safety of Roth's arm, we move on to frosting. I put Zayne in charge of mixing the butter, sugar, and cocoa together, along with my secret ingredient, while I show Roth how to hold the piping bag correctly. As it turns out, he's a natural.

Me: Those swirls look great, Roth! 

Roth: I have many hidden talents.
Me: So I've heard. But you know, if the whole demon-without-a-soul thing doesn't work out, you could always open up a bakery.
Roth: Over my dead body. Or Stony's. 
Zayne: How do mine look?

Me: I think you've both done an amazing job and Layla is very lucky girl!



~ Who Will You Choose? ~

Beginning October 21st you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, EVERY LAST BREATH.
At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing EVERY LAST BREATH. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.

To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until EVERY LAST BREATH goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!

Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice! 

DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE!!



~ Giveaway~

One signed copy of STONE COLD TOUCH 
U.S./Canada Only 


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Mundie Moms-Character Interview w/ Layla
October 28
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Emilie’s Book World-Character Interview w/ Roth, Zayne & Layla
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October 30
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Jenuine Cupcakes-Baking with Roth & Zayne
Reading Teen-Review



Thursday, October 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author J.R. Ward to Launch
Contemporary Series The Bourbon Kings in 2015

New American Library Will Release First Book, The Bourbon Kings,
in Hardcover on July 28, 2015

Television Rights Optioned by Top
International Producer and Distributor Endemol Studios



New York, NY; October 30, 2014 – New American Library, a division of Penguin Random House, announced today that it will publish in hardcover the first book in a new contemporary series from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward on July 28, 2015.

         Launching with a novel of the same name, The Bourbon Kings series will introduce readers to the Bradfords, a wealthy, aristocratic family in Kentucky who made their money from bourbon.

The books have already been optioned for television by Endemol Studios, the entertainment and production company behind the international hit TV series Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, Hell On Wheels, The Fall and Peaky Blinders, among others.
Set in the heart of bourbon and horse country, The Bourbon Kings marks a departure for Ward who hasn’t written extensively about Kentucky, though she lives in The Bluegrass State and has deep ties to the surrounding community.

Ward said:  “The Bourbon Kings are just like my Black Dagger Brotherhood vampires, flawed heroes for strong women who live and love in a vivid, ever-changing world of passion and excitement.  Readers can expect the same big emotions, epic storylines, and soul-deep love stories in these books—as well as those signature, OMG, I have to know what happens NEXT! kind of endings.”

With more than 15 million of her novels in print worldwide, Ward is an international bestselling author best known for her phenomenally popular paranormal Black Dagger Brotherhood series about a group of warrior vampires.  Dark Lover, the first book in the series, was published in 2005, and reader reaction was immediate.  Just eighteen months later, the fourth book in the series, Lover Revealed, hit the New York Times bestseller list.  Since then, Ward’s novels have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the Top Five on the USA Today bestseller list.  Ward and her books have been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

“The Bourbon Kings has all the hallmarks of Ward’s hugely successful Black Dagger Brotherhood books—fascinating characters, compelling interwoven plotlines, passionate love stories—while also feeling completely fresh.  I’m thrilled to be starting a new series with the extremely talented J.R. Ward and am confident that readers will also find this one irresistibly addictive,” said NAL’s Senior Vice President and Publisher Kara Welsh.
The Bourbon Kings series will follow the Bradfords, those who work for them on their estate, Easterly, and several other wealthy Southern families involved in Kentucky’s bourbon industry.


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About the Author

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world.  Ward is a graduate of Smith College who currently lives in Kentucky.  Before turning to writing full time, she worked as a lawyer in Boston and also spent many years working as Chief of Staff for one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation.  Visit her popular website and fan community at www.jrward.com and facebook.com/JRWardBooks.

SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Atlantia
Publication: October 28, 2014
By: Dutton Juvenile
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads 

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.




~ About the Author ~

Ally Condie
   
Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

 

 

 

 

~ Giveaway ~

U.S. Only
One necklace (at random) either blue or brown.*
*Prize will be sent from the publisher, Jenuine Cupcakes NOT responsible for loss or damage. 

 
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

W.O.W.: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



 All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter
Publication: January 27, 2015
By: Scholastic  
 
 All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)
  Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her–so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace–no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.

Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18115187-all-fall-down?from_search=true


Okay, who do I have to bribe at Scholastic to get a copy of this book?! 
 (I'm kidding. Maybe.)


What book are you willing to beg for? ;)




 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RELEASE DAY: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack

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 Yowza! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN!! ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series. 

All Broke Down 


In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love. 

Dylan fights for lost causes. 

Probably because she used to be one. 

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause. 

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help. 

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all. 
 
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 ~ Excerpt ~ 

I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants,not what’s expected of her.

“We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?”

She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other.

“He said the wrong thing.”

“Which was?”

“Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is.

“I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.”

“This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some sh*t he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.”

“But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?”

She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand.

“I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.”

“And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curl my other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer.

“I feel plenty of things.”

The teasing stops. She swallows.

“I wasn’t talking about kind of feeling.”

With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time.

“Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.”

“Is that Stella girl an ex?”

I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself.

“Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.”

“Have you—”

“Do you ever run out of questions?”

“Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting.

I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.”

Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment.

“Okay then. Are you—”

I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.”

I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.


 

And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL LINED UP Today!

All Lined Up

 


 

~ About Cora Carmack ~  

Headshot Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.       

 



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