Friday, May 6, 2016

APOLLYCON 2017 Author List + Tickets + Giveaway

YOU GUYS, 

YOU GUYS!

YOU

GUYS!
 

Have you SEEN the APOLLYCON 2017 Author List?!

HERE IT IS...

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 Now for the details....

When: March 24, 25, 2017

Where: Orlando, Florida 

~ Apollycon 2017 registration will open on June 3, 2016 ~

*GENERAL TICKETS FOR THE SATURDAY SIGNING ARE FREE*

Apollycon 2017 will feature four different tiered pass levels available to enhance your Apollycon experience: the Titan Pass, the Apollyon Pass, the Demigod Pass, and the FAST PASS.

Here’s a breakdown of each:

TITAN PASS: “ALL ACCESS FRIDAY & SATURDAY” - $85
 
The Titan Pass includes:
  • EXCLUSIVE FRIDAY SIGNING which will feature ALL authors in the lineup, vendors, and hourly giveaways. This 2-hour-long signing event will only be open to the 200 Titan badge holders. Access to the general signing on Saturday will also be included. 
  • PARTY PASS - Ticket to the After Party on Saturday night 
  • A COPY OF THE STRUGGLE by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • TITAN COMMEMORATIVE TOTE filled with exclusives: 
    • Assorted ARCs/Books 
    • Signed Poster (Signed by Jennifer & Drew)
    • Souvenir T-Shirt (One Size)
    • The Struggle Swag including bookmark & postcard (Signed by Jennifer & Drew)
    • Seth Swag (Signed by Drew Leighty)
    • Titan Lanyard
    • Apollycon Koozie
    • Titan button
 
APOLLYON PASS: “ALL ACCESS SATURDAY” - $65

The Apollyon Pass includes:
  • TICKET TO GENERAL SATURDAY SIGNING - (You won’t need to register for a Saturday ticket) 
  • PARTY PASS - Ticket to the After Party Saturday night 
  • A COPY OF THE STRUGGLE by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • APOLLYCON COMMEMORATIVE TOTE filled with exclusives: 
    • Assorted ARCs/Books 
    • Signed Poster (Signed by Jennifer & Drew)
    • The Struggle Swag including bookmark & postcard (Signed by Jennifer & Drew)
    • Seth Swag (Signed by Drew Leighty)
    • Apollyon Lanyard
    • Apollycon Koozie
    • Apollyon button

DEMIGOD PASS: AFTER PARTY PASS - $45

The Party will feature:
  • 1,001 DARK NIGHTS GIFT BAGS FOR THE FIRST 300 PEOPLE! - Be among the first 300 people to arrive, and you will get to take home a bag filled with goodies! 
  • MINGLE WITH YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS! - Featured authors & cover model(s) will be in attendance! 
  • PHOTOBOOTH FUN - We will have a photo booth with fun props where you and your friends can capture the fun! 
  • HIT THE DANCE FLOOR WITH YOUR FRIENDS! - We will have a DJ bringing the tunes! 
  • GIVEAWAYS, GIVEWAYS, GIVEAWAYS! - There will be chances to win gift cards, an iPad, a Kindle Fire tablet, signed books, and more throughout the party! 
 
THE FAST PASS: “The Saturday Early Entry Pass” - $15

**Limited passes available**


This pass grants you early access to the general signing area on Saturday ONE HOUR before we open the doors to everyone else. You will be able to get your books signed during this hour. **You will still have access to the signing beyond the “early entry” time period.

This pass can be purchased in addition to the TITAN & APOLLYON Pass. (This option is not included with any of the available badge levels, and must be purchased separately.) 

This pass is only valid for the Saturday signing. 

**The signing taking place on Friday, March 24th, 2017 will be exclusive to TITAN Badge holders ONLY. The general signing which will be taking place on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 will be open to all badge levels, and is FREE for all attendees.**

  
And check out the vendor list...




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~ GIVEAWAY ~

One winner will receive a "Front of the Line" pass for Apollycon which they may redeem during one of the Apollycon signings to jump the to the front of one line. It is a one-time use pass. ID must be presented when claiming the pass. It is transferrable. If you win and later find you cannot attend, you may transfer the pass once to another attendee.


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BLOG TOUR: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood



WELCOME, this is my stop on the Wild Swans blog tour!



~ About WILD SWANS ~ 


The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past…. 




~ My Thoughts ~

What I Liked: The writing, the setting and the history of Ivy's family. I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters, but MY WORD, I have never loathed a YA parent more than I did Erica. Seriously. She was the worst. I loved Ivy's grandfather! The relationships, while messy, complicated, and at times, painful, felt genuine and relateable. 

What Left Me Wanting More: To me, Ivy was too hard on Alex. Yes she had a lot to deal with, but she lost sight of the fact that she wasn't the only one in their friendship who was hurting. 
 
Favorite Character: Claire, hands down. Every girl needs a Claire in their life. Someone who always has their back, but who also calls them out when necessary. 




~ About Jessica Spotswood ~


I heart books, board games, tea, the color pink, theatre, twirly dresses, and bells chiming the hour. I live in Washington, DC with my playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. I work part-time as a children's library associate for the DC Public Library. I'm frighteningly enthusiastic.

I use GR to keep track of what I read and to recommend books that I really love.

If you're interested in interviews or guest posts, please contact me at cahillwitch (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks! 

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1:
4/25: Adventures of a Book Junkie - Q&A
4/26: YA Bibliophile - Review
4/27: Fiction Fare - Guest Post
4/28: Here's to Happy Endings - Review
4/29: A Glass of Wine - Q&A

Week 2:
5/2: Once Upon A Twilight - Review
5/3: The Irish Banana Review - Top 10
5/4: Ex Libris - Review
5/5: Such a Novel Idea - Playlist
5/6: Jenuine Cupcakes - Review




~ Giveaway ~
3 Finished Copies of WILD SWANS (US Only)


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fly With Me (Wild Aces #1) by Chanel Cleeton

Series: Wild Aces #1
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Publication: May 3, 2016
By: Berkley 
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads 

From the author of the Capital Confessions Novels comes the first in the steamy Wild Aces Romance series.U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn—loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her.

Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. Her luck changes when six feet, two inches of sexy swagger asks her to dance and turns her world upside down.

One scorching weekend becomes an undeniable chemistry that they can’t leave in Vegas. But the long distance relationship and their different lives threaten to ground their romance. And when the dangers of Noah’s job become all too real, Jordan learns being with a fighter pilot means risking it all for a shot at love…




*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 


This was my first Chanel Cleeton book, but it won't be my last!

You don't have to be a familiar with Top Gun in order enjoy this book. It's fast-paced, funny, and romantic, with a heaping dose of steam and a extra serving of FEELS. I laughed, I cried, and I swooned. The Chester the Molester scene made me laugh so hard I cried--almost pmp, too. I read it out loud to my husband who, without knowing the premise of the book, began quoting Top Gun. That made it even funnier for me.

Cleeton gives readers an insider's look into the world of fighter pilots and the women who love them. The lifestyle is not an easy one, and watching Jordan and Noah try to figure it all out--together--made them relateable and their relationship believable. I liked the supporting relationships too and I'm REALLY looking forward to the next two books in the series! *fingers crossed one of them is Easy's story. For reasons.*

Read it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Square Root of Summer


Welcome, to my stop on The Square Root of Summer Time Capsule Tour. Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour, and don't miss the fun over at FierceReads.com AND Macmillan UK at mykindabook.com!


~ About the Book ~

Publication: May 3, 2016
By: Roaring Brook Press 

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken.


Links:



~ About the Author ~

Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance fashion journalist and author of THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER (coming May 2016). Her first-ever professional writing credit was for Just Seventeen magazine, and she's been YA obsessed ever since. 
She likes burritos, cats, Gwyneth Paltrow and young adult fiction, which she plans to write more of, though she's also considering a PhD in Dawson’s Creek.

Visit Harriet's website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram




~ This is Who I Am Now Questions ~


  • What Brings You The Most Joy In Life?
    • Feb/March 2016: Seeing my kids smile, hearing them laugh.
    • May 2016: Seeing my kids smile, hearing them laugh. 

  • What Are You Reading?
    • Feb/March 2016: A biography about Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
    • May 2016: All In Pieces by Suzanne Young

  • What Is Something  You’re Really Looking Forward To?
    • Feb/March 2016: I’m going to see Hamilton on Broadway on March 2nd. (It was UH-MAZING and I met the cast too!)
    • May 2016: I’m planning a trip to Paris, Rome and Venice in December to celebrate my 20th Anniversary. (Yes, I’m old.)

  • What Is One Thing That’s Worrying You?
    • Feb/March 2016: I’ll never finish revising my book.
    • May 2016: Fear will continue to win out. 

  • What Is Something That You Always Have With You?
    • Feb/March 2016: My phone. The Kindle ensures I always have a book with me too.
    • May 2016: My phone. 

  • What Is Something That You Wish You Could Change?
    • Feb/March 2016: At the end of the day, showing kindness to those who are different than you, is more important than being right.
    • May 2016: I wish the election was already over.




~ Follow the Tour ~


  • Art​,​ Books​,​Coffee​ Blog
  • Book Briefs
  • Bumbles and Fairytales
  • Confessions of a Book Junkie
  • Manga Mania Cafe
  • Ticket to Anywhere
  • The Irish Banana
  • Firefly Read It
  • Across the Words
  • Books and Makeup
  • Ex Libris Kate
  • Dark Faerie Tales
  • Jenuine Cupcakes
  • Miss Print
  • Mundie Moms
  • Nobs Book Reviews
  • Seeing Double in Neverland
  • Reading Teen
  • Starry Eyed Revue
  • Read Now, Sleep Later
  • Forever Young Adult
  • Gone Pecan
  • Book Rambles
  • Perpetual Page Turner
  • Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
  • Twirling Pages
  • Andi's ABCs
  • That Artsy Reader Gir​l​
  • Waste Paper Prose
  • Evie Bookish
  • Book Rook Reviews
  • Fiction Fare
  • ​Lady Knight Reads​
  • Book Nerds Across America
  • Page Turners' Blog
  • Tripping Over Book​s​
  • Consummate Reader
  • Fiktshun
  • Ageless Pages Reviews
  • A Perfection Called Books
  • XPresso Reads
  • Good Books and Good Wine
  • Swoony Boys Podcast

Friday, April 29, 2016

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Soldier (Talon #3) by Julie Kagawa



Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes, this is my stop on the SOLDIER blog tour!
 

Warning: There be dragons ahead.

 Like this...


And this...

 
And even this...



~ About the Book ~

Series: Talon #3
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication: April 26, 2016
By: HarlequinTEEN

A fighter dedicated to saving humankind from dragons in strictest secrecy.

That was what Garret Xavier Sebastian thought he was part of as a soldier of the Order of St. George. What he learned from a fiery dragon hatchling twisted all he believed in and set him on a collision course with certain death-but not without a chance to put things right.

Betrayed and on the run again, Ember and rogue dragon Riley discover an unthinkable truth about Talon and St. George. They'll need Garret's skills and insider knowledge of the Order to negotiate an impossible deal-and if they fail, there will be no way to stop all-out war.



~ My Thoughts ~

The picture does not do the cover justice. At all. When I received my copy in the mail a few weeks ago, I spent a good 5 minutes just staring at the cover and another 5 minutes petting it, running my fingers across the raised links, and mentally preparing myself for what was coming. I'm a dork like that. Sorry not sorry.

In this installment of the Talon Saga, which is all about Garret--not that I'm complaining-- everything is amped up: the action, the intensity, the danger, and especially the love triangle. 

Garret and Riley are basically like...


While Ember is like...

  
We learn a lot more about The Order, as well as what Talon's real plan for the dragons is. 
Hint: It's not to live by the sea and frolick in the autumn mist in a land called Honali. No, Talon is all about world domination.  

I'm no stranger to Julie Kagawa and her evil cliffhangers. (The Eternity Cure ending very nearly killed me.) And the end of Soldier had me like...


  
~ About The Author  ~

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time (okay, at least the illustrations did), but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a
real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, an obnoxious cat, an Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and a hyper-active Papillion.

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1:
4/18: Step Into Fiction - Review
4/19: The Irish Banana Review - Dragon Makeup
4/20: Across the Universe - Review
4/21: The Cover Contessa - Julie's Dragons
4/22: Vi3tbabe - Review

Week 2:
4/25: Star-Crossed Book Blog - Review
4/26: Wonderland Novels - Dream Casting
4/27: The Quiet Concert - Review
4/28: Take Me Away to a Great Read - Fashion Board
4/29: Jenuine Cupcakes - Review




~ Giveaway ~
1 set of TALON, ROGUE & SOLDIER (US Only)

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs #3.5) by Emma Chase

Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs #3.5)  
Author: Emma Chase



Join Jake & Chelsea, Stanton & Sofia, Brent & Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life and the law in this final addition to the Legal Briefs Series.

There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man.
And he’s pretty damn good at it. 


Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again....
So, of course something has to screw it all up.

It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.



*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review* 

I ship all 3 couples in the Legal Briefs series, but Jake and Chelsea--and their brood--are my favorite!

As with the other books, this one has humor, heart, and lots of heat. I read this in bed and had to muffle my laughter (and then my happy tears) to keep from waking my husband up. I loved seeing Jake, Chelsea and the kids a few years down the road. Enjoyed the awkward family conversations, the cameos from the other couples, and loveloveloved the epilogue!

Great addition to the series!