Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cover Reveal of Fallen from Grace by K. Anne Raines

Wow... two reveals in one day!!!  Who knew??

This is a gorgeous cover, and you know what means... that I really want to read the book!  A great cover always makes me want to read the book more!!


Synopsis

Seventeen year-old Grace grows up knowing she’s different, but she always attributed it to a mother who didn’t want her, a father who abandoned her, and a curse that sets her apart. Despite those struggles, her grandfather remained her rock and confidant. Her life irrevocably shatters the day her grandfather dies.

The day of his funeral sets off a chain of events, making Grace question everything she’s ever known to be true, and as a result, who she can truly trust. She inherits his house, part of his money, his Guardian and something that ties them together.


Just before Grace’s 18th birthday, she is thrust into a world she couldn’t fathom existed and does everything she can to thwart the destiny suddenly forced upon her. She’s been chosen for greatness, but at what cost? With eyes now open, she must choose to either be Chosen, or watch those around her suffer the consequences.


Torn between the man who’s come to protect her and the one sent to destroy her, she teeters on the edge of decision, trying to come to grips with who she is, what she wants and what all of that means for her, those she loves and the rest of mankind.


Ways to contact the author:

http://www.kanneraines.com (still under construction, but will be up soon)
email: kanneraines@gmail.com

Can not wait to read this book!!  I sound like a broken record, but it's hard to hold my excitement when it comes to books and my writing!  


Cover Reveal of Elder (Firstborn Trilogy #3) by Raine Thomas!!!


I have to say, when I first saw this cover, it was exactly what I thought she looked like in the book!!  I love it... it's beautiful as always!!  I totally did a SQUEE when Raine sent it to me!!

So, I'm going to stop babbling excitedly about it now!!!



Blurb

Clara Kate is one of the eight beings needed to activate The Elder Scroll, an ancient artifact causing tragedy and darkness on the Estilorian plane. She knows that her focus needs to be on finding the final piece and stopping the evil Mercesti, but Ini-herit isn't making it easy.

He’s working closely with Clara Kate on the quest to stop their enemiestoo close for her comfort. His presence serves as a constant reminder of the love they shared on the human plane, a love that he no longer remembers at all.

Her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk, and she knows she has to put aside her personal problems. So far on their journey, she's endured heartbreak, terror, pain and loss. She’s even been brought to the brink of death.

She thinks things can't get any worse.

She's wrong
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COMING DECEMBER 27TH!!  

Brief author bio: Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Ways readers can connect with Raine:


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I can not wait to read this book!!!!!  From what happened in Shift, I need to know what happens in this book!!! Yes, as always I am not patient when it comes to books I absolutely love!!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

What I'm reading now!!!

                           

Yes... I am reading two books at the same time.... again!!  City of Lost Souls... OMG!!!!  I get more in love with Jace with every book, and I'm rooting for him and Clary to be together without anymore problems!  Plus, I want to see Sebastian get what's coming to him!!  I seriously hate that guy!!

Eve, I just started yesterday, and was really upset when I couldn't find Once at Barnes & Noble when I went the other day!!  REALLY UPSET!!!!!  From the first chapter it's got me hooked, which is always a great sign for me!!


The Broken Destiny Swag and Ebook Giveaway!!



Here is what you can win:
One set of these SIGNED bookmarks! 

Plus, an ARC Ebook of The Broken Destiny!


Are you as excited about this as I am?!?!?  Here is the link so you can go and enter to win!!!  Go... GO NOW!!!!!!  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Just taking a moment to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!!  Eat lots of turkey!! I know I will!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

#ProjectBlackout-See you on the Other Side... #TheBrokenSeries




Remember They Are Always Watching


Review of City of Glass by Cassandra Clare!!!!


To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.



*** SPOILER ALERT***

I was literally reeling from this book!  From the first chapter, this book had me, and I could not put it down!!

Clary's mother is still asleep, and the only way to save her is to go to the City of Glass.  Unfortunately for her, Jace has other plans.  Once she realizes Jace and the rest of the Lightwoods go without her, she decides to open the portal herself and go anyway.  Little does she know that going without an invitation into Alicante, the capital of Idris, is against the law.  This power of hers is still very new, and she's just finding out what she is capable of doing.  

Meanwhile, Simon has been brought over to Idris by Jace.  They had been attacked just before going into the portal by Forsaken, so there was little choice.  Little do they know how much trouble Simon is in by being there.  Vampires aren't welcome in the city, and one who walks in daylight is even more suspicious to them.  

Luke has been brought over along with Clary through the portal.  She ends up in Lake Lyn, which is poisonous to Shadowhunters.  She is out of her mind by the time they reach the city, and he takes her to his sister to help her.

While Clary is recovering from the Lake, Jace and his family are staying with the Penhallow's.  The family is curious about Simon, and get to know him.  Aline, the daughter, is the most curious because she's never seen one before.  Then there is Sebastian, who is the cousin of the family.  His true colors come out later in the book...

Soon they are told that Simon is going to go home.  They are going to open a portal for him to get back to New York City.  Little do they know, the new Inquistitor has plans of his own.  They are so weary of Simon they put him in jail, demanding to know things he doesn't know.  Trying to make him tell lies he's not going to tell!

Clary soon recovers, and finds out where Jace and the family are staying.  Seeing her, Isabelle attempts to stop her from entering the house.  Clary makes it past her and is stopped by Sebastian.  Seeing him, she's curious as to who he is, but gets past him as well.  When she opens the door to where Jace is, she sees him kissing Aline, and is stunned.  Jace is equally stunned to see her, but soon makes it known how truly unhappy he is to see her there.  He is hurtful, saying really nasty things to her.  He has his reasons for doing this, but they aren't clear until later in the book. Still, it's hard to see him talk to her this way, just because I know of his feelings for her!

They find out that Simon never made it to New York City, and that he is, in fact, in prison.  They go to him, make sure he's ok, and give him blood that he is desperate for.  They offer to get him out, but he refuses, thinking he might be safer just staying in there for the time being.

Sebastian, seeing Clary upset by Jace offers to walk her home.  This is her first actual conversation with Sebastian, and she's a little uneasy about him.  He offers to take to her to the warlock that she needs to see to help her mother, and the meet the next morning to go there.  Once they arrive, Clary is surprised to see that the warlock in question is not who he seems, but gets the information she needs to help her mother. She needs the Book of White, and it is in the Wayland Manor.  She also needs Jace to take her there, as he is the only one that will be able to enter it.

She doesn't tell Sebastian this, as she's still uneasy with him.  He tries to kiss her, but there is something just wrong about the whole thing to her.  It makes her even more uneasy about him.  She knows there is something going on with him; she just can't figure out what.  Yet.

She comes home to find Jace in her kitchen.  She's surprised, because of everything he had said earlier to her.  He had made it clear he didn't want to see her again, and he was sitting in her kitchen.  She's angry.  Very angry at him.  Starts throwing things at him, wanting him to hurt the way he had made her hurt.  When she tells him about the Book of White and where it is, he agrees to go with her to find it.  They go by portal, and soon find what they are looking for.

While there, they also find what Valentine was really up to.  They find an angel who he had been doing experiments on.  He's barely alive, but shows them visions of Valentine's plan; of what his true intent was when Jocelyn was pregnant.  They show him giving her demon blood while she was pregnant, and Jace believes it is his blood that is tainted.

Soon, Jace and Clary find themselves in a fight for their lives.  In order to end the angel's pain, Clary kills him.  After this, the house starts crumbling.  They barely get out alive, but afterwards Jace tells Clary she is all he thinks about.  He knows he can't have her, but he can't seem to stop his feelings for her.  He decides to do what has to be done.  Kill Valentine.

There is a character in the book that passes away, which shocked me.  It made me very sad, and I was surprised, but it made me realize just how evil one person can be.  From that moment on, I hated him... I still do!

This is where the action really starts to happen!  At this point, I could not put this book down!  I had to know what happened, because it was so damn good!!  Luke has brought the Council together, telling them in order to fight Valentine, they need to fight with downworlders.  Clary has created a new ruin that would give the Shadowhunters the power of the downworlders they were partnered with.  There would be a battle with demons, and with this ruin, they would have a chance to win.

Now Sebastian.  I hate him.  I hate him with a fiery passion!  I hate him with every fiber of my being!!  Did I mention that I hate him??  He is the definition of evil, and his actions cause the Council to second guess everything they believe in.  He almost brings the City of Glass down, but the shadowhunters prevail.  With help from the werewolves, they prevail against the evil entering the city.

To Clary's surprise, from the help of the warlock, her mother awakens.  At first she is angry, but soon, she is happy to see her.  After the first battle, Jocelyn tells what happened with Valentine.  She finds out that she had a brother named Johnathen, who had demon blood in him.  That boy is not Jace!!  Jace is not her brother.  He is the baby of Stephan Herondale, who had been killed in the original battle with Valentine.  Also, she finds out that both she and Jace have angel blood in them.  More then what they are born with that is.  Clary knows she must tell Jace, because he's on a suicide mission to kill Valentine.

Once Jace finds out where Valentine and Sebastian are hiding, he realizes that Sebastian is, in fact, Johnathen.  It's then he undertands just who Sebastian really is, and it is him who has the demon blood.  
Once he hears Valentine's plan up close, he is noticed by Sebastian.  There is a fight between them, that I was hooked on!!!  It was non-stop action!!

Clary, who is captured by Valentine, is rendered helpless by her father.  She can not speak or move, thanks to spells he has put on her.  He tells her of his plans to raise the angel.  He's convinced that Raziel will help him.  He's dead wrong.  Jace appears to try and stop him, and what happens in the following moments is heartbreaking.  Again, I was glued, having to know what was going to happen next.  I had to know what happened to Jace and Clary!!  I HAD TO KNOW!!!!

Valentine succeeds in raising the angel, but to his horror the angel knows of his actions in the past.  Knows what he plans to do to his fellow shadowhunters; knows what he's done to Jace in order to gain notoriety.  During the time Valentine is talking Raziel, Clary goes over to the runes that Valentine drew to raise the angel.  She adds to them with her own rune, causing the one request from the angel to go to her.  Raziel kills Valentine, and grants Clary her one request, which is to save Jace.

This was the perfect ending to the triology!  Everyone was happy at the end of it!  I'm convinced I could live in Idris forever!!!  Jace and Clary are free to be together, and are happy with where things are going, Jocelyn and Luke can now be together without the worry of Valentine getting between them.  The action was non-stop in this book, to the point I read it in about four days!!  I could not put it down!  When a book stops me from writing, because I have to know what's going to happen, it's worth reading again!!!!  So, I know I will be visiting Idris again!!  


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Review of Easy by Tammara Webber


A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.




This book, I totally took a chance on.  I saw it, read the back, and thought... why not?  Let's give it a shot.  It's only my second New Adult book I've read, and I must say... I love New Adult!!  I love Young Adult as well, but this is a new genre that I really do like!

In this book you meet Jacqueline, who has just been dumped by her boyfriend of three years.  She's leaving a Halloween party that she really didn't want to attend, when she's attacked by on her ex's frat brother.  It totally takes her by surprise because this guy has never shown any signs he's violent.  Just when she thinks he's going to succeed in raping her, he's forcefully taken off her by a guy she's never seen before.  This guy proceeds to beat the attacker up pretty bad, and takes Jacqueline home.  

That's the last you hear of this guy for the next few chapters, which I found a little annoying.  Because of the break up, she ends up missing two weeks of classes and is assigned a tutor to help catch up before the end of the semester.  She ends up seeing the guy who came to her aid in her class, his name is Lucas, and she's a little bit attracted to him.  He's mysterious and gorgeous and she finds out that he works at the Starbucks on campus.  

Her friends nominate him to be her next rebound to get over Kennedy the ex.  She feels uneasy about it, but goes along with it.  She wants to get to know him, and uses this excuse to do so.  She knows he sketches, as he's constantly sketching in his notebook during class.  She thinks he's a slacker at first, but realizes there is so much more to him then meets the eye.  Her attraction starts slowly, and gets deeper when he asks to sketch her in her dorm room.  

She's also conflicted because she's attracted to her tutor as well.  They've never met each other; just exchanged emails back and forth.  She plays the bass and tutors two kids, so is unable to go to the meetings.  She can't understand why all these girls are approaching him after class to talk to him.  She thinks nothing of it, and goes about her daily routine as always.  

When she goes to a lower floor in the dorm, she is cornered by the guy who attacked her after the party.  Terrified, she makes him believe that she's going to take him back to her room.  That's when she tells him to get lost in the middle of the hallway with witnesses.  Little does she now, he makes it seem like they had sex in the hallway before going to her bedroom for more.  This causes rumors to spread about her and this guy, which causes her ex to come to her with concern.  

I also loved her best friend Erin, who is there for her through it all.  She believes Jacqueline about the attempted attack, and pushes her to get closer to Lucas. 

Meanwhile, her relationship with Lucas is heating up.  She likes him a lot, but knows that he's hiding something.  She just doesn't know what.  When she finds out what happened to make him be the person he is, she's heartbroken for him.  She tries to be there for him, but he pushes her away at first when he finds out what she did to find out the information. 

It is as she's leaving his apartment, her attacker attempts to finish what he started to twice!  She and another girl have pressed charges against him, and he's angry and out for revenge.  Lucas comes to her aid again, and this time almost kills the guy for attacking her.  

I loved this story, but it started out a little slow for me.  I gave it four daisies, because I loved Lucas!!  Tattoos and all!!  He was so protective of Jacqueline, and loved her so deeply that it made me love him!  You know he's going to take care of her always.  



Friday, November 9, 2012

Now on to #4....


My cousin and I are now on Book #4 of The Mortal Instruments series!!! I've heard good and bad about this one, but still can.not.wait to read this!!!  City of Glass had me reeling... to the point I want to read it again right now!!

Love the fact that Clary and Jace(sigh..) are together now, and can't wait to see what happens with them!!

Interview with Krystal Wade!!


Today I have the wonderful Krystal Wade visiting the blog today!!  I almost jumped for joy when Krystal asked me to be a part of the blog tour.... ok there was maybe a little jumping... and squealing, but I was excited!!  So, I had her answer a few questions about the book and give a little bit of information about herself!

1.       What is Wilde’s Meadow about?

Wilde's Meadow is the final installment in the Darkness Falls trilogy. This book basically takes our heroes and drops them into the depressing reality of war. Kate grows throughout the book, in her relationship with Arland, but also in the relationships with those around her.
2.       Who are the characters in Wilde’s Meadow?

Well, we have Kate (Katriona) and Arland, destined to be together, worried they'll be torn apart. Perth, Brit, Flanna, Cadman, and the rest of the crew of close soldiers, but we also have a variety of new species that come to play in this book.


3.       How does this differ from Wilde’s Fire?

Wilde's Fire is a book more about discovery of truth, of self, and of love. In Wilde's Meadow, Kate   knows and understands these things, but now she has to accept them.
4.       What was the inspiration for Wilde’s Meadow?

The same as it was for Wilde's Fire. I wrote the series because I had a "vision" of a girl in a dense,      green forest, reaching out her finger to touch something shimmering. The rest of the story may or  may not be a fantasy adaptation of my teenage years.
5.       Is it hard to write YA versus an adult genre?

I wouldn’t know. I haven’t tried writing adult literature . . . yet!


6.       What made you want to write the YA genre?

For one, I read YA, but mostly because I feel I have a message for young adult women, a message I hope to one day have a large enough audience to share with.
7.       What genre do you like to read?

I like paranormal, fantasy, thriller, a mix of all those things. Really, just stories that have some sort of false reality. I tell people that I live reality, I have no reason to read it. I want something that takes my imagination to the limits!

8.    Do you do anything special while you write?  Listen to music, watch tv…

Try to drown out the world. How I achieve that is beyond me.

9.       How long have you been writing?

Full time? For just shy of two years. But honestly, I realized I was a writer when I was in third grade . . . I just never did anything about it!
10.   Who or what inspires you to write?

God. I have no other explanation for my inspiration. So I'll blame Him.
11.   What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t writing?
A lot more laundry. That's for sure!


BLURB FROM WILDE'S MEADOW

Happy endings are hard to find, and even though Katriona is in the middle of a war with someone who’s already stolen more than she can replace, she aches for a positive future with her DraĆ­ochtans.

Armed with hope, confidence in her abilities, and a strange new gift from her mother, Kate ventures into the Darkness to defeat a fallen god.

Losses add up, and new obstacles rise to stand in the way. Is the one determined to bring Encardia light strong enough to keep fighting, or will all the sacrifices to stop those who seek domination be for nothing?


ABOUT KRYSTAL: 

 Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers--who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas--sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?

Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.

Also there is a rafflecopter giveaway for an ebook copy of Wilde's Meadow and a $5 Amazon gift card!!  Make sure you enter for a chance to win!!  There is also a giveaway starting the second week of November on Krystal's website for the Wilde's Moments Blog Fest!! All you have to do is write your most wildest moment... I don't have many that I can remember...  Krystal will be reading them all and picking a winner for a Kindle Fire on December 5th!! 

http://krystal-wade.com/wildest-moments/ 

Thank you so much for coming on the blog today Krystal!!!!  


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Review of City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare!!


Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.





***SPOILER ALERT***

Ok, if you haven't read the first book, stop reading this review NOW!!  There are going to be spoilers in it that are given away in the first book!  

Ok, at the end of the first book we found out that Jace and Clary are brother and sister. *GASP!* I know I know... I was heartbroken too...  

In this book, Clary starts finding more about herself as a Shadowhunter.  Also, she realizes she can't just turn her feelings off for Jace now the he is her brother.  It does give Simon hope they can be together, and she does give it a try with him.  She knows though, that there isn't anything more then friendship between them.  

In the first book, they were looking for the Mortal Cup.  It is then that Clary realizes that she has a gift for creating new runes.  By finding this out, she's able to find the Mortal Cup in a set of taro cards owned by her neighbour.  

Once people starting finding out the truth about Jace and who his father is, he is faced with a lot of uncertainty.  First Maryse Lightwood, Isabelle and Alec's mother kicks him out, making him believe the only real mother he's ever known, never really did love him, and second The Inquisitor has come to ask him questions about Valentine.  You soon realize that she has an agenda of her own regarding Jace.

Sending Jace off to the Cells of the Bone City, it is while he was there, the Silent Brother's are slaughtered.  He doesn't know by who or what scared them, but he does know his father is somehow responsible.  While in there, he sees Valentine with the Mortal Sword and that's when he figures out what his father was after, and why the Brothers were killed.  

When his father leaves him in the cell, it is Clary, Isabelle and Alec who come to rescue him.  Once they're able to get out of the Bone City, they are surronded by Shadowhunters who are there to aid the Brothers.  The Inquistitor immediately blames Jace for what happened and puts him in the care of Magnus Bane.  I love Magnus!  He's hilarious, and you know he cares for Alec more then he wants to admit.  

After the slaughter at the Bone City they find out there was a fae child killed and drained of blood.  At first they believe the vampires did it, but then come to realize it could be Valentine in his attempt to turn the Mortal Sword.  He needs blood from a fae child, a wolf child and a vampire child in order to make his plan come to light.  

It is because of this, Jace, Clary, Simon and Isabelle head to the Seelie Court.  They explain to the Fairy Queen what Valentine's plan is, and what he hopes to achieve.  While here Clary unknowningly drinks something that was offered to her.  Because of this, she can not leave the Seelie Court.  Now, this is my favorite scene in the books!  Only because of what happens with Jace and Clary.  The Fairy Queen tells her she can only leave if she kisses the one who she desires most.  Simon, thinks it is him, but of course it isn't.  It is Jace... and it is one hell of a kiss she gets from him!!!  

After everything that happened at the Seelie Court, this causes Simon to go running off.  It is only when Rapheal, the head of the Vampires, comes with a dying Simon, that Clary realizes he's a vampire.  She blames herself and Jace for what happened to him, thinking the kiss in the Seelie Court was what pushed him to go to the vampires.  

Jace is like Edward Cullen to me.  He has the same effect on me... I LOVE HIM!!!  He seems like a hard ass, and in a lot of ways he is; but when it comes to Clary, you see right through it.  She softens him in a way no one else ever has before, but feels guilty about having these feelings for her.  He can't seem to keep away from her; and the thought of losing her is terrifying to him.  Trust me when I say that I would marry him if he wasn't fictional!!!  His love for Clary is endearing!  He never lets her think she is weak in any way, never lets her give up.  In fact, he gets mad her if she even thinks of giving up on anything.  He knows she can do anything, and knows she is stronger then even she knows.  He has faith in her when it counts, and it is that faith that makes Clary know she can accomplish anything.

When Jace finds out that Valentine has a ship hidden from plaine sight, it is Valentine who asks him to join him.  Jace says no, and by doing that, sets of a series of events that are amazing.  First, Jace is taken by the Inquisitor, believing he is league with Valentine.  It is when he's taken prisoner by her that he realizes that Valentine was responsible for her son's death.  She believes she can exchange his son for the Mortal Instruments, and doesn't believe Jace when he says that Valentine will say no.  Second, Simon and Maia, a werewolf from the first book, are taken by Valentine.  Because of his plans, they all know what is going to happen with them.  In order to escape Jace finds out that he can jump extremely high, or jump from extreme hieghts without getting hurt.  

It is after this, Luke, Magnus, Alex, Jace and Clary set out to board the ship.  Magnus is needed to bring down the glamour being used to protect the ship.  There are demons being summoned by Valentine that surround the ship for protection.  This is one major battle that is amazing!!  I was glued to the book for a good two days to see what happened!  I had to find out!  

This is when you see Clary's real strength with runes.  She puts all her emotions and feelings of the battle into it and ends up destroying the ship.  Completely.  

I loved this book!!  Absolutely!!  Maryse, who I thought had turned on Jace, shows her real love for him.  Makes it known to him that he is her son, even though he isn't her blood.  She and her husband raised him, and he would forever be their son.  It was one Jace had been worrying about, but in the end it was Clary who made him see.  It seems the two of them are always finding their way back to each other.  Even though he tries to push her away for her own good, he can't seem to keep away from her.  







Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Interview with Airicka Phoenix!!!





Airicka is one of the amazing authors that I am friends with on FB!!  When I heard she was doing a tour, I asked her right away if I could be a part of it!!  She, of course, then sent me everything for the book!!  I must say, it felt like Christmas morning seeing everything in that email!!  So, please welcome the beautiful Airicka Phoenix to the blog today!! 

     What is Touching Eternity about?
Touching Eternity is the story of Amalie and how her imprisonment and torture brings about a rebellion that will destroy the world.


   Who are the characters in Touching Eternity?
     We meet Garrison again, the villain of the Touch Series. As well as Isaiah and Amalie. We partially met Amalie and Isaiah in Touching Smoke. But this Isaiah is the original whereas the Isaiah in Touching Smoke is a copy, a recreation. (To understand better, Touching Smoke would need to be read first)

3  What or who was the inspiration for the book?
I was inspired to write The Touch Series after working on another series which will be out spring 2013. In the Hunter Series, Clara is battling a demon when she catches a wisp of movement from the corner of her eye. That’s how Amalie was born.



What made you want to write YA?
I have always loved young adult romance, even as a kid. It was harder to find because the books we have today wasn’t available then.

Is it difficult writing Paranormal versus normal reality?
Truthfully, I find paranormal easier to write than contemporary. Contemporary always baffles me.

   What genre do you think you would be writing if you weren’t writing YA?
Adult. It’s something I already have in the works.

     What do you like to do while writing?
Listen to music. I always have music playing while I write.

     How long have you been writing?
Since the third grade when we were asked to write a short story using words and pictures. I rewrote Beauty and the Beast. I’ve been writing since.



     Who is your favorite author and why?
I never know how to answer this because there are so many. There are the usual, Stephan King, Nora Roberts, R.L. Stine… but I have had the honor of meeting so many other authors and… I really don’t know how to answer this one. Lol.

    What is your favorite genre to read?
Young adult. But I will read adult as well.

   What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love letting my kids take me into their world. They have the most amazing imaginations and they teach me so much. Otherwise, I like to read.

Thank you so much for having me. It’s been an honor to visit your blog and hang out with you and your readers. I hope we can do it again soon! <3

You are welcome back anytime Airicka!!!  

Airicka has also given an excerpt from the book for everyone to read!!  Here is along with the book trailer!!!

EXCERPT FROM TOUCHING ETERNITY!

“What if your father goes to your room and finds it empty?”
She peeled one eye open, squinted at him. “He’ll come in here and force you to marry me in order to uphold my honor.”
He laughed, smoothing a finger over her cheek. "He wouldn’t have to force me to do anything.” He kissed her gaping mouth. “Come on. Get up.”
Her giggles filled his ear when he nuzzled the spot beneath her the curve of her jaw. She squirmed, but he held her down, biting and nibbling on the smooth stretch of skin. Her squeals faded into soft moans that sent his blood skating with fire. Her fingers tangled in his hair. Her body arched into his, fitting every inch as though she were made specifically for him. His own hand traveled down to her hip. His intentions were to stop her, to restrain her before things went too far, but his hand came up against smooth flesh where her nightgown had bunched, exposing her leg from the hip down and his all good intentions scattered.



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ABOUT AIRICKA!!!

Airicka Phoenix is the author of TOUCHING SMOKE (Touch Book #1) TOUCHINGETERNITY (Touch 1.5), a short story as part of the Whispered Beginnings: A Clever Fiction Anthology and, two stories as part of the Midnight SurrenderAnthology. When she's not hammering away at the keyboard, she can be found banishing pirates or crawling through the attic looking for lost treasure with her kids. She loves baking, gardening and reading. She also likes to travel and take pictures of everything she comes across. When asked, Airicka describes herself as a sarcastic basket case that has an unhealthy addiction to chocolate, old movies and really bad jokes. She loves to laugh, make friends and write. If she could have one wish granted, it would be to spend one day as a fly-on-the-wall inside Stephen King's mind. If she could have two wishes granted, she would ask for a castle dedicated entirely to her overwhelming collection of books.
 

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