Cover Reveal: And With Madness Comes The Light

I was contacted by one of my most favorite authors to reveal a super exclusive book coming out in February. Karina Halle has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012 for best horror. She had put out on her facebook page that as an incentive to vote for her book to be in the semi-finals, she would write yet another Dex-Files novel. How freaking badass is that?!

Well, I received an email stating that Karina Halle adores her fans so much that she is going to publish a second Dex-Files book even if she doesn’t get to the semi finals. I, of course, seriously think she can pull it off.

So, in this email, she sent me the mouthwatering cover for this new novel that is supposed to hit the Amazon store around Valentine’s Day. 🙂

So without much further ado, here is the cover:

Blurb:

“And With Madness Comes the Light” – An Experiment in Terror Novella #6.5
The Man. The Mystery. The Madness.
 
Dex Foray has never been anyone’s fool – until he missed his chance for happiness with Perry Palomino. Broken and alone, Dex has no choice but to rise from the ashes Perry left behind and find his own path to redemption. But nothing in Dex’s life has ever come easy, especially when there’s a dark madness waiting in the wings.
 
Told from Dex’s POV, And With Madness Comes the Light spans the time period from the end of Lying Season (Book #4) until the beginning of Into the Hollow (Book #6). If you were every wondering what really happened to Dex while Perry was gone, now is your chance.
Cover art is by Najla Qamber.
I, for one cannot WAIT for this to come out. If you thought the first Dex Files was good, this is going to be 10 times better for sure!
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SWOON Thursday: Stray by Rachel Vincent

The lovely ladies over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme.  Here’s how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

This week’s SWOON is from:

Twitter Approved:

 “No head start for you,” he whispered, running one hand over my hip and up my side…

Bloggy Version:

 “No head start for you,” he whispered, running one hand over my hip and up my side. His fingers tickled, sending promising shivers all over me. I squirmed beneath him and heard his breath catch.

“I don’t need a head start,” I breathed, my cheek pressed to the floor. His stomach was warm against the curve of my lower back, bare between the seam of my shirt and the low waist of my jeans. On the radio, a new tune played, intense, and heavy on guitar and drums. My heart raced along with its rhythm, and my legs ached to run. But instead of glorying in the freedom of speed, I was trapped, immobile. “I’ve always been faster than you, and a few years with limited practice time isn’t enough to give you an advantage.” I twisted my neck, trying to see him. “Besides, you can’t run while you’re holding me down.”

His fingers eased beneath the edge of my top, brushing the sensitive skin over my ribs and beneath my breast. I gasped, fascinated by the curiously delicate sensation and my own conflicting impulses. One was to fight, to claw at the carpet in a bid for freedom. But the other was to lie still in anticipation of what might come next. Because whatever it was, knowing Jace, it would be good.

The Wild One by M. Leighton Blog Tour Stop

 

 

Welcome to my stop on The Wild Ones blog tour!

I have an interview with the author that I am honored to show here on my blog! But first, here is a little about the book:

Goodreads Description:

**MATURE CONTENT ADVISORY: May not be suitable for younger readers**

Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.

Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future.

But that was before she met Patrick Henley.

“Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her. He’s considered the “help,” which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her. And Trick needs his job. Desperately. His family depends on him.

The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles. At least the ones they know of.

When Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome. It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, secrets that could tear them apart.

A little about Michelle :

I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it’s there. I believe that I’m shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can’t be sure because I haven’t met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer’s too hot, winter’s too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all.

And now for the interview:

  • What inspired you to write TWO? 

It all began with Trick. His name, his personality.  He came first and the rest of the story erupted around him.  The horse aspect of it seemed to fit with his Southerness, and was further solidified by two songs.  Wild Horses by The Sundays and Wild One by Flo Rida.  Trick seemed to tease me at every step for days and days until I gave him his story.  And I’m so glad I did.

  • What were the challenges while writing this book?

There was a lot to learn about horses—wild horses, thoroughbred horses, horse racing, horse training.  I’ve never researched a book like I did this one.  But I wanted to be fair to Trick and Cami and to the world they live in, so I threw myself into finding out what their lives would be like.  To me, it made them all the more real in my mind.

Also, the book is written in a completely different manner for me.  I completely let go of every preconceived notion I’d ever had about writing (which wasn’t a whole lot since I’ve only been at it for 2 years) and I wrote straight from the heart.  I didn’t focus on the proper way to say things; I wrote them just like a Southern person thinks them.  I didn’t focus on one person or aspect; I gave Trick and Cami equal time.  And I didn’t write in the past tense.  I wrote in the present.  For this book, I was 100% in the here and now.  I was letting go in a way I’d never done before and it just felt right to do it in the moment.

  • What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write?

I love steamy scenes!  The passionate side of life is what draws me to romance as a genre.  I love it and I look forward to delving into all those crazy feelings and emotions that come with a first kiss and a first touch and a first…everything.  Those are some of the most mesmerizing, captivating times of life and I try to convey that in my books. I want every reader to feel what my characters feel, to enjoy the ride—the rise, the fall, the highs, the lows—with them.

  • Is there anything you would like readers to take away after reading the book they may miss that you want to point out?

Cami wasn’t a virgin.  I’m not sure why so many people assume she was, but she wasn’t.  I never addressed her virginity directly because it was a non-issue.  In the edited version that I did for Berkley, I fixed that.  LOL  There’s also some…extra material that no one has seen yet, so stay tuned for that.

  • When will the second book release and what can you tell us about it?

I don’t have a firm release date for Wild Child, as I just finished it and am still in the editing phase.  I anticipate it will be the first half of 2013.  I will pass along the release date the instant I get it from Berkley.

As for Wild Child itself, it’s the story of Rusty and Jenna.  Probably not like you would expect either, but in a very good way.  They are both firecrackers and it was so nice to give them more depth and explore the dynamic of their relationship.  Loving someone like Jenna is easy as pie in some ways, harder in others.  But Rusty can’t help himself.  I fell very much in love with him while writing this story.  He’s just an awesome guy!  And so, so HOT!  LOL

 

Thanks Michelle for the interview! I always knew you were an awesome chick!!!

Click HERE to check the full tour schedule.

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Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

Goodreads Description:

It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.

At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.

And Dawn has a backstage pass.

***

The Devil’s Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author’s exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.

Why did I pick this?

Actually, Karina Halle very nicely sent me an ARC of this book to be a beta reader. Unfortunat.ely, at that time, I was having some family problems so I was unable to read it when she first sent it to me. I felt really bad. But when the actual book came out I bought it and devoured it.

What did I think?

Karina Halle has the natural ability to write a story that is both beautiful and creepy. The Devil’s Metal is exactly that. I was completely immersed in the story and the time. I love the 70’s and I love Halle’s writing….a perfect match really.

Every character is not what they seem and are completely deep. Dawn is a young woman on the verge of being a full woman. Not only that but a woman in the journalism business in the 70’s? Yea she pretty much kicks ass in my opinion.

Halle has a wonderful way to make the atmosphere come alive while you’re reading. Her words just keep you entranced and makes you feel like you’re there.

Dawn is offered an unbelievable chance to be a music journalist with the band Hybrid. It’s one of her favorite bands and she (almost) jumps at the chance to do it. Would you pass up an opportunity to hang on a tour bus with 4 hot guys with loads of sex appeal? I wouldn’t. LOL

But Dawn doesn’t know what she’s actually into and how far deep the band is until some unnatural things start happening. You can’t read a Halle book without the creepy factor sliding in there. I love her for it.

While I was reading, I kept having small flashbacks from Almost Famous. But with demons…..of course. LOL And much, much better!

This entire book is a wild and groovy ride and I didn’t want to get off. The entire story was very well written and you will eat every word that comes off these pages.

I will say this…there is some sex. Some steamy, hot, sweaty sex. So I won’t condone that anyone under the age of 18. I had to pause for a few minutes to collect myself and cool off. LOL

If you haven’t picked this up yet, I highly suggest you do so!

Favorite Quote:

There was something deliciously romantic about being in the dark of a moving vehicle, feeling a virile man’s arm brush against yours, his hip flush to your side, as you watch the city lights move past. Detroit wasn’t burning but my heart was starting to, licks of flames that threatened to one day consume me.

Teaser Tuesday: Stray by Rachel Vincent

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, just do as following:

·Grab your current read
·Open to a random page
·Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
·Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others.

This week’s TT is from:

Goodreads Description:

There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I’m one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them . . .

 

 

 

Here is the Teaser….it’s a bit longer than the norm but I couldn’t pass it up 😉

Daddy nodded, brushing the tip of his chin with the knuckles of his clasped hands. “I’m convening the council. They’ll need a description to start with.”

I nodded. “Shorter than Marc but taller than me. Small-to-medium build. Black eyes and dark curly hair. Foreign scent-probably a jungle cat.” I glanced at Marc, thinking about what he’d told me the night before.

“Anything else?” my father asked.

“Yeah.” I met his gaze, unblinking. “A broken nose.”

The smallest hint of a smile teased the corner of his mouth, like a twitch.-Location 6229/28% Kindle

**Don’t forget that I’m hosting a Read A Long for this series. Check out the page to sign up. It’s not too late and it would be great to have more people! 🙂

Review: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Description:

“History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time. ”

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

Why did I read this?

I’ve read every once of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books since the first Covenant novel. I am in love with her writing and characters. Each book I read just gets better and better. I couldn’t wait for Deity to come out.

What did I think?

Oh. My. GOODNESS!! Soooooo much happened in Pure I wasn’t sure what Armentrout had up her sleeve for this. Boy was I enthralled. Seriously.

Deity was a non-stop action packed book. This picked up right after Pure and does not stop. Every book just gets better and better and I will tell you that I read this book in one day. I could not stop myself.

So many surprises and come into play in this book and because I don’t want to be a spoiler, I can’t say too many things about it…yet.

Jennifer L. Armentrout never ceases to amaze me with the world, characters, and stories she builds, that nothing penetrates my brain while I read her books. This was no exception at all. This has to be the top Covenant book yet. I have no idea what to expect in Apollyon but I know for sure it will be one wild ride based on the cliffhanger ending in Deity.

Alex is constantly growing and I love seeing that.She is as strong and passionate as ever with her snarky attitude. She is going through changes with becoming the next Apollyon and doesn’t know how to handle it. But she’s dealing with it and everything else much better than I probably would. That’s why I love her and will always love her.

I’m still Team Aiden and both Team Seth and Team Aiden will get buckets of surprises throughout this book. I can’t divulge any info because it JUST came out and people probably haven’t gotten it yet.

All I can say is that you need to pick this up and read it immediately. Get on it!

This is still one of my favorite series and will be for a long time coming. Can it please be spring 2013 yet so I can get my next covenant fix? I’m addicted and I’m already having withdrawls. 😉

Favorite Quotes:

Aiden shifted slightly and his thumb caresses the curve of my cheek. “I’m afraid of something.”

“What?” I whispered.

He drew in a deep, shuddering breath. “I’m afraid of never being allowed to feel what I do.”

“Are you okay?” Aiden asked Deacon.

He nodded slowly. “Yeah, I’m great. Nothing like witnessing a death match between gods when I’m trying to get some cheetos.”

Frisky Fall Saturday: Checkmate

Summer is over, but just because the temperature is dropping, doesn’t mean we have to stop reading scorching hot books! Frisky Fall Saturdays is  our new weekly post created by The Autumn ReviewThe Bookish BabeHackaroo’s Reviews, Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Reviews, and Sim-Sational-Books. Feel free to join in. (let us know so we can add a link to your post that week) As those leaves start piling up in the yard, ignore them and pick up a sexy book and tell us about it!

This week’s FFS is from:

Goodreads Description:

There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.

As long as she has plenty of hot cocoa, a pair of pliers on hand and is able to resist Connor O’Neil’s bad boy charm then Rory James should be able to make it through this project with her sanity intact. If not…..

She’d probably face a few more nights in jail, have a few more restraining orders slapped against her and lose her heart to the man that ruined her life.

 

My review:

You have no idea how freaking excited I was to hear that this came out. Me and my bestie, April @ Sim Sational Books, have been reading Mathewson’s romance/erotica together since the first Neighbor From Hell book. We adore this series hardcore. They’r funny, romantic, hot and perfect really.

Checkmate was no exception in my opinion. Every one of these books just seems to be getting better and better. This one is by far my most favorite and treasured book of the series.

Mathewson has truly outdone herself in this book.

Rory and Connor have had a rivalry since they were little. Connor was the school bully and he was fascinated by Rory James because she was the only one who wouldn’t back down no matter how hard he pushed her…literally. The whole town knew better than to have these two kids in the same room. It always ended up in a brawl.

“Rory’s a boy’s name,” the mean little boy who’d pushed her off the swing only minutes seconds earlier, announced as he glared down at her accusingly….”It’s a girl’s name,” she said, taking a deep breath and shoving him back.

Over the years, the rivalry was still there and though neither of them would admit, they had an attraction. A very strong attraction.

I loved this book. So completely. I’ve always been a sucker for those where the couple knew each other from childhood then grew up together and fall in love. Although this one has a different twist to it.

Once Rory and Connor (sort of) get over their mutual “hate” they both find out that the attraction they’ve been keeping a secret was a bit more than they thought. Once they act on that attraction, fireworks explode and that isn’t the only thing that….erm….explodes. heh.

This book has it all….Humor, sex, love, romance, and drama. I said it once and will say it again…I. ADORE. THIS. BOOK.

Mathewson has truly outdone herself. Again. I cannot wait and see what she has in store next and will snatch it up as soon as it comes out.

I also want to put a note that reading this with my reading buddy, April…..made the experience that much better. 🙂

Favorite Quotes:

“As long as you remember that I hate you” Rory mumbled against his lips.

“I’ll remember,” he promised.

“And you hate me,” she reminded him as she continued to caress his lips with light, teasing kisses that had his arms tightening around her and his body trembling with the need to consume her.

“With a passion.”