Blog Tour: Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell (Teasers)

Oh hey, welcome to this blog stop of Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell! If you do not know what Deadly to Love is, you are now going to find out. Deadly to Love is a fabulous YA paranormal-urban fantasy-romance e-book re-releasing this month!

Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)Title:
Deadly
to Love (Elemental Killers #1)

Author:
Mia Hoddell
ASIN: B00BDQ3QGA
ISBN: 9781291319170
Genre:
YA/Paranormal/Urban
Fantasy/Romance

Description

There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn’t stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life… But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important…her love or life.

Buy Links: 
Paperback
(Lulu)
and will be available on Amazon soon

I don’t know about you guys, but this novel sounds pretty cool. Thankfully for us, Mia gave me some little teaser quotes to share with you all…

Kai still kept a tight grip on my hand and as we neared the empty space he pulled us back slightly, deliberately slowing our pace so we were out of sync with the others. (Page 331)

His reply came quickly and my heartbeat increased a little as I read it, wondering what had come over me. (Page 58)

“Well as you can hear, I’m not dead and not planning on being so any time soon. Yeah the weathers weird but it’s not like we can do anything but wait it out I guess,” I lied. (Page 250)

“Water,” was all I managed to say as I tried to come to terms with what had happened. (Page 330)

Everyone stared at him in shock as what was written seemed to be too good to be true. (Page 291)

I seriously love the name Kai. Gahh, *swoons over characters that have amazing names*

About The Author:

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Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn’t even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon.

Author Links

Blog: http://miahoddell.blogspot.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Hoddell-Author/421368247889610?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiaHoddell
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/miahoddell

Book Links:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Paperback (Lulu) and will be available on Amazon soon

Blog Tour: Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith by Wendy D. Walter (Includes Q&A and Giveaway)

Hey guys. Welcome to the blog tour of I would  a recent e-book, The Return of the Dullaith by Wendy D. Walter! *exchanges “hellos”* Now that you guys have met, let me tell you all about this book!

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Summary:

Fourteen-year-old, Ambril struggles with the mystery surrounding her father’s death when she moves back to the mysterious town where she was born. When she accidentally uncovers a secret which threatens to destroy her entire family, she continues her quest, against all odds, to clear her father’s name. But will she be able to claim her magic and and heal the rifts in her family?

Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith has received great 4-5-star reviews. Readers are impatiently demanding Book Two, which will be out early Spring 2013.

Sounds pretty cool, right? You know what’s even cooler? Each chapter begins with a beautiful illustration from the author herself above each chapter title. For example, this picture is above chapter one:

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I was lucky enough to be able to ask Wendy some questions about her book.

About The Author: Wendy D. Walter

Writing was an early passion for Wendy. As a kid, she wrote lots of stories, but being shy, they usually ended up under the mattress. When she finally set out to tell Ambril’s Tale, she decided not to write a story but a world, full with her own marvelous illustrations. She considers The Return of the Dullaith as just the curly tip of the fairy boot. Wendy lives near San Francisco with her husband, daughters, cat and border collie. More information about Wendy’s book and art, check her site: http://wendydwalter.com.

1. Before your book, I had never seen the name Ambril; how did you manage to stumble upon that name?

I wanted Ambril to have a name that sounded inorganic and organic at the same time. One of the underlying themes in Ambril’s Tale is about humanity’s struggle to strike a balance between the environment and the technology we create so well.

Ambril Amber + brill, the first is a semi-precious stone and the second, brill sounded fern-like to me. It still does, though it’s actually the name of a fish :~).

I was so proud of my originality…until I googled Ambril and found that there were several Ambrils out and about in the world. I’m still giggling about that! Oh well, I tried!

2. How did you get the idea for your story? Was there anything that ‘sparked’ the idea?

The idea of Ambril’s Tale was born during a move from Southern California to Utah in the middle of a snowstorm. I was 10 years old, and felt like a Martian. I longed for a walking house who might take me back to my easy, sunny home.

Big questions formed in my mind then, questions that just wouldn’t leave me alone…Who am I and why am I so different?…sat across the lunch-table from me. Is this their problem, mine or is it something bigger?…we played a lot of solitaire those first few months. To be honest, these same questions still poke me occasionally. When they began to annoy me, a few years back, I decided to sit down and see if I could get Ambril to answer them for me.

3. Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith is an illustrated book. When you wrote the story, did you plan to illustrate it? Or did it the images come to life before the story’s text did?

Great question! Sometimes the images came first, but for the most part, the writing got the ball rolling.

But whichever came first, I must say that I learned a lot about my characters while sketching them. Who knew that Mr. Pinwydden always wore argyle socks? Or that a fanged geranium’s teeth were never straight? Even I didn’t, until I rolled up my sleeves and started to sketch.

4. Which character in your book is your favorite? Why?

Another interesting question, Hendoeth and Betula are characters that simply write themselves, I hardly have time to put spaces in between the words, the dialogue comes so quickly when I write their scenes. They feel like old friends, and boss me around when we are working on a snag in the story, but I love every minute of it!

5. Any advice for aspiring authors?

Stick with it! Don’t give up, steam through to the end, then start again. It’s hard, but try to listen when your early readers critique your book. Especially if you hear the same criticism again and again. Nod, take their words to heart, and make some changes. It’s humbling, and sometimes painful, but in the end, you generally get a better book.

Thanks everyone, if you would like to contact me…

Ambril’s Facebook page
Wendy D. Walter on Twitter

Wendy’s blog:
ambrils-tale.com
Ambril’s Tale, Return of the Dullaith on Amazon
Ambril’s Tale-Return of the Dullaith- BarnesNoble

Some of the Illustrations for Book One are available here:
wendydwalter.com/illustrating

I’d love to hear from everyone,
and thank you Alison!

Giveaway Info

At each blog stop on her tour, Wendy is giving away a prize, a copy of one of her books (paperback or e-book). You can also enter her 12-12-12 Grand Prize Giveaway of a sterling silver pendant of the Tree of Life, and an End-of-Tour Grand Prize Giveaway of a hand-painted gnome, hand-painted by Wendy herself! There will also be some surprise giveaways along the way! Stay tuned!

1) To win a book: leave a comment on this blog post about what you like about magic to be entered to win a copy of Ambril’s Tale: The Return of the Dullaith in paperback or e-book format. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends five days after the post goes live.

2) To win one of the Grand Prizes: Click the link to go to Wendy’s website and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. A winner will be selected on Dec. 12th for the  sterling silver pendant of the Tree of Life. Here’s Wendy’s site: http://wendydwalter.com/blog-tour/. OR you can click on the link here (It will lead you directly to the rafflecopter entry form): a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are you doing? Go enter the giveaway and check out the other stops on this tour! (:

Fun [Fact] Friday: Breathless Authors

Last Wednesday, the authors did a Q&A for the audience. So I jotted down some facts about the authors I don’t think any of us knew before…

 

Did you know…?

  • Matched and Across the Universe were originally supposed to be a standalone novel.
  • Ansel in Nightshade is based on Andrea’s little brother.
  • The Ourboroughs Society (from the Eternal Ones) went through 6+ different names before Kirsten finalized the name.
  • The word frex (from Across the Universe) means Financial Research of Exchange in our world. Beth thought it would be natural word for the characters to develop into a ‘curse.’ It is in exchange for today’s ‘F’ word.
  • Ally Condie loves Unicorns.
  • Kirsten Miller loves blowing things up.
  • Kirsten, Andrea and Ally all agree that the first line of a novel is the hardest to write. Brenna says that the last line is harder. Beth says the first is fun and the last it satisfying.

 

Review: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

 Haven Moore has always lived in the town of Snope City, Tennessee. But for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance, whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in fiery tragedy.

One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to New York City to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer from a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know whom to trust?

Let’s start off with the truth, shall we? I went into this book thinking that it wasn’t going to be as good as the other Breathless Reads. Yes, the plot was interesting but I didn’t feel like it desperately needed to be read. This book came out back in August and I just finished the book last week. Now, I absolutely cannot believe I thought it wasn’t going to be as amazing. How wrong I was.

Haven Moore is the black sheep of her small town in Tennessee. She is smart, thoughtful and believes there is more to the life she lives. My thoughts on Haven went back and forth throughout the novel. Haven’s irrational choices really shocked me but I grew to love them. Talk about living your life! When you hear the saying ‘live life to the fullest,’ I really believe Haven is. She shows you that you shouldn’t be afraid to believe what you want while taking things into your hands when no one else is around to help.

Miller’s prose is wonderful. When I read the book, I got the feeling as if I was being sucked into a fairytale that was far from perfect. She has built a society off of the Ouroboros symbol that fascinates me to no end. If I didn’t know better, I would have actually believed there was a real Ouroboros Society in New York. It amazes me how an author can write beautifully enough to make it all seem real.

There are ton of twists and turns in a novel. A rollercoaster cannot even compare to the amount of times I freaked out at the new puzzles. As a reader, I always try to predict the ending. I’m actually glad to say I honestly had no idea to how it was going to end. Every page held a new surprise. I know for a fact my words do not even begin to tell you all how amazing this novel is. I’m thinking it might just be my favorite out of Penguin’s Five…

Rating: 5 / 5

The Replacement & Signed Breathless Poster Giveaway

It’s giveaway time!

At the signing I picked up a poster and got it signed by all five of the authors for one lucky person! Awesome, right?! But then I thought that a signed poster wasn’t enough and decided to throw in an ARC of The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (it’s not signed though). Want it?

 

To Enter:

Comment below and tell me who your favorite character is out of the five breathless reads (Matched, Nightshade, The Eternal Ones, Across the Universe & The Replacement). Haha, I’m not able to tell you guys my fave because it’s way too hard for me choose !

Extra Entries:

I would appreciate it if you became an e-mail subscriber. If you link the giveaway somewhere I will give you one extra entry per link.

Sorry, but this contest is US only. Please check my contest policy here. The winner will be chosen using random.org. The giveaway ends March 2nd at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck (:

Interview with Breathless Authors

I am really excited to be able to have Ally Condie, Kirsten Miller, Beth Revis, Andrea Cremer and Brenna Yovanoff answer a few questions for the blog! At first, I was supposed to have a video but my camera died 😛 So instead I jotted down quick answers to the questions. Even though it didn’t turn out as planned, it was great talking to the authors! 

 

1. If  you had to choose a character from another YA novel to make an appearance in your book, who would it be?

Andrea: Brigand from Fire (Kristin Cashore)
Beth: Ender from Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
Brenna: Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)
Ally: Flavia De Luce from Alan Bradley’s series
Kirsten: The Baker Street Irregulars from the Sherlock Holmes stories

2. Would you enter the world of your novel if you had the chance?

Andrea: I definitely would.
Beth: *laughs* No, it’s not worth it.
Brenna: I’m gonna have to think about that…
Ally: No.
Kirsten: I live in my world *smiles*

3. Any writing tips for aspiring authors?

Andrea: Read and write a bunch of times. The more you do of both, the more it will help.
Beth: If you are given the opportunity to experience something new, do it. Different experiences will help you in so many ways.
Brenna: Write a story that you are passionate about. Do not be afraid to write the story that you want to tell.
Ally: Have an interesting life…
Kirsten: Exercise butt power. Sometimes you just need to sit down and get it all done, which in turn requires a lot of sitting.

Haha sorry all, I can’t write that quickly! The Breathless Authors were so wonderful to talk to that I’m still in awe that I interviewed them in person instead of through e-mail. And I don’t know about you, but some of their answers made me laugh xD Again, they are amazing people who have written amazing books!

Leave your thoughts below!

Matched Song Suggestions

Two Rebels by Honor Society

Some lyrics:

What should we do now
that we’re caught in the middle of the spotlight?
I can feel your butterflies
If we kiss will they fly away?

We had our whole life scripted
But we tossed it to the side
Those words can’t tell us nothing
Come on baby let’s improvise

Whoa-oh do you trust me enough if we become two rebels?
Whoa-oh we’re just like outlaws on the run all we have is each other
Whoa-oh we’re gonna eat sleep breathe our love
Would you become a rebel with me?

When I listen to this song, I don’t actually picture it from the POV of Cassia or Ky. The lyrics just fit with the character’s lives. They are being watched by the Society and even though it doesn’t say one of them gets butterflies, the attraction between Cassia and Ky goes stronger day by day. The lyrics ‘I can feel your butterflies / If we kiss will they fly away?’ are asking that if they take things to the next step, will they finally just fall for each other already? Gosh! Please tell me that my explanation is making sense 😛

The other lines relate to how they break away from the lies the Society is telling them. They also start making their own choices, which is the ‘improvising’ in the song. They are no longer being controlled by others. Because Cassia and Ky are the ones who rebel against the Society, they are the ‘Two Rebels.’

Robot by Miley Cyrus

Some lyrics:

But the sound of the steel
and the crush, and the grind
it will scream who am I, to decide my life
But in time it will die, they’ll be nothing left inside
Just rusted metal that was never even mine

I would scream, but I’m just this hollow shell
Waiting here, begging please
set me free, so I can feel

Stop trying to live my life for me
I need to breath, I’m not your robot
Stop telling me I’m a part of the big machine
I’m breaking free, can’t you see
I can’t love, I can’t speak
Without somebody else operating me
You gave me eyes, and now I see
I’m not your robot, I’m just me

All this time, I’ve been misled
There was nothing but cross-wires in my head
I’ve been taught to think that what I
feel doesn’t matter at all
till they say it’s real

 

This song is more of a Cassia oriented song. Again, it has the theme of other people (the Society) controlling this person (Cassia). That if they build someone with parts of others, they are taking away that person. Cassia’s actions are based on how the Society and others want and expect her to act. By listening to her heart and going against what she’s been taught, she is ‘breaking free’ from those who tried to build her into something she isn’t.

I hope you guys agree with me on these two songs! My tastes aren’t anything like most others, but that’s fine with me! At least there is a variety of song suggestions now J Tell me what you think below!