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Blog Tour: Oracle of Delphi by Diantha Jones (Guest Post+Interview+Giveaway)


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GUEST POST PORTION

The Oracle of Delphi Series: Modernizing the Greek Gods

This was actually a lot harder than it seems.

 The Oracle of Delphi series takes place in modern times so I felt the gods had to be modern too. And not just in their attire, but in their speech and mannerisms too. This was sometimes difficult because I wanted them to keep their “ancient” quality as well. It was quite the balancing act.

 Take Apollo, god of the Sun, for instance. He’s a rockstar with dreadlocks and tattoos, yet I feel he still radiates with archaic power. Dionysus owns a nightclub, Hermes wears his hats flipped backward, and Artemis is…well…wild. I don’t want to spoil all the fun, but you get the picture I think. Even in their speech, they’re very in on the times. I just adore the way Apollo and Dio(nysus) talk.

 One great thing about the series is that the gods are still as manipulative and untrustworthy as they were in the myths. Turn your back for a second and there’s no telling what they might do. Talk about stuck in your ways! They haven’t changed a bit in all the centuries they’ve been around! But that’s half the fun of it. It’s what gives the dieties their historical value, in a sense.

 I make it sound pretty simple, but it wasn’t. Finding the perfect balance was a pain because it was so important that I get it right. From what I’m hearing, I did a pretty good job of it, but there’s still so much more to come! Can’t wait!

INTERVIEW

  1. Describe your book in 3 words.

    Magical, Epic, and Hilarious.

  2. What inspired you to write a mythological novel? Did it come from a book, an item you saw, a person, or even an experience you had in your life?

    I simply have a love for mythology. It’s fascinating and fun and I was intrigued by all the different characters and myths I was going to get to play around with. I have a pretty wild imagination and mythology allows me to push it to the limit.

  3. Most books about Greek mythology concentrate on the demigods or the gods themselves. What made you go out of the norm and focus on the oracle?

    I felt the Oracle wasn’t getting her chance to shine. She’s always a minor character in most books and I wanted to put her in the spotlight. In ancient times, the Oracle was a major part of society and her prophecies and omens were taken very seriously. That gets downplayed in most books, but in mine, everything the Oracle (Chloe) says is seen as law. I really enjoy that aspect of it.

  4. If you were to write another novel that isn’t in the genre you write about now, what would it be about and what genre would it be?

    Well, my next series is Romance though there will be a good dose of fantasy in it. I would say it’s a Steampunk Romance overall though. I’m kind of hush on the details right now though lol.

  5. Did you always see yourself as a writer?

    Funny thing is, no. I was always a reader but never an avid writer, though I was always pretty good at it. But as it stands now, I couldn’t see myself being anything else. I became really serious about writing in college and the rest is history.

 Quick Questions:

-Favorite god/goddess: Cupid is my fave!

-Current read: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I won it from Entangled!)

-Weirdest hobby: I don’t really have a weird HOBBY. But I do color code my closet. Can’t have my clothes out of color order.

-Something people don’t usually know about you: I’m a karaoke champion. No, I’m so serious.

-Favorite childhood book: Baby-sitters Club series. Ah, man. The memories.

-Most effective pick-me-up: COFFEE. And lots of it.

-Go-to book when you’re in a reading rut: One of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books

About the Author

Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries. The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc.stories, and more.

Find Diantha Online
Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
 

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New Site Reveal + Giveaway

Wow. It feels like Alyana and I have been blogging for way more than 9 months, but in fact, we just started Read, Breathe, Read back in August 2012, when we had no idea what to do, was still on blogspot, and had a hastily-made blog template that practically screamed ‘newbie.’ But we’ve (hopefully) come a long way since then, and we’ve had a blast blogging, interacting with other bloggers and authors, and believe it or not, reviewing books. Despite our ever-growing TBR pile and many, many deadlines, the best part of being book bloggers is the fact that we are doing what we love.

So before we go on to the giveaway and the long thank-you list below, let’s have a little blast from the past and go through all the designs we had on Read, Breathe, Read. (Note: Unfortunately, the very first template wasn’t saved so we’re only going to be posting the ones after that.)

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I like to call this one my first attempt at designing a banner. Though neat and okay-looking, it doesn’t exactly look professional, clean, and polished. The best thing about this template was the background. Scrolling through it made the birds look like they were flying! =))

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Ah, here’s the most recent one. This template was especially taxing since the tabs weren’t dynamic and I made them on Gimp, so basically they were just little photos with links put together. The banner was slightly easier than last time though, and this design had a school-ish feel to it. (Our school colors are blue and white, so.)

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I guess this says it all. =))

Since we agonized over this template for many, many months, our theme for this giveaway is a ‘fresh start.’ We’ll be giving away ANY 2013 debut book of your choice under $15, and it is open INTERNATIONALLY, as usual, as long as The Book Depository ships to wherever you live. (Note: 2013 debut books are any first books that released/will release in 2013. Also, if you happen to choose a book that isn’t out yet, it will be shipped to you as soon as it does.)

Please read our GIVEAWAY POLICY for more of the nitty-gritty details.

Here are some examples of the books you could win:

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Thank you to ALL the bloggers that have helped us along the way, especially the very, very awesome Filipino blogging community. Thanks for all the book-ish chats on twitter! ;) (Kate, Precious, Kai, Nicole, the two Michelles, Jassie, Dianne, Lyra, etc., we’re looking at you all!)

We’d also like to give a huge, heartfelt thank you to Louisse of The Soul Sisters for her guidance and extremely relevant advice back when our blog was just a day old. We’d never have gotten this far without you! Mwah.

We also send our love to Chyna @ Lite-Rate-Ture for the endless support. (and books!) I think we’d go crazy without our shared blogging experiences.

And last but not least, since I’m the one writing this post, I’d like to thank my ridiculously amazing co-blogger Alyana, for everything. I’m thankful for you, even with the constant nagging about posting a book review! Ha.

Review: No Attachments by Tiffany King

  • TitleNo Attachments
  • AuthorTiffany King
  • SourceReview Copy from Publisher
  • No. of Pages302
  • PublishedApril 30, 2013 by A. T. Publishing LLC
  • Rating3/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
Ashton Garrison walked away from a privileged life in order to hide from the one thing she's not willing to face. She knows she left behind a trail of pain, but in the long run, her betrayal will hurt less than the truth. She now has one goal: Live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. She has high hopes that a move to new surroundings will provide the escape she desires, but what Ashton doesn't count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan. Sometimes, when love comes knocking, the pull is too strong not to answer. Suddenly, what she thought she wanted to escape from is what Ashton now wants more than anything.

Nathan Lockton has one mission: find his target and complete the task he was hired to do—no attachments and no emotion necessary. He's done it over and over again. What he thought was a typical lost-and-found job has turned into a life examining moment as Nathan is forced to deal with something he has always ignored--his feelings. Now faced with a decision, Nathan must choose to either follow his heart or complete the job.

Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH + GIVEAWAY

Tiffany King No Attachments Release Day Launch FINAL

Embarrassingly enough, No Attachments was the first New Adult novel that I read. From the summary, though, I was already intrigued, seeing as I was hoping that this book would be a higher level of YA contemporary–with older, wiser characters that have a certain depth to them that the teens in YA novels don’t have yet. Despite this, I was also expecting certain flaws and imperfections to follow the characters in the book as well, so that they would stay real people in a real world.

No Attachments opens up in a pub, with Ashton trying to mark off an item on her bucket list: Have a no-strings-attached, one-night stand. Her target is Nathan, an incredibly handsome man, who actually happens to have a hidden agenda, and knows exactly who Ashton is. When she introduces herself, I get a peek at her character, a bubbly, clumsy, and enthusiastic girl, with a deep past and history that she ran away from. Their interactions were adorable and cute, especially when they involved alcohol, (lol) and I felt myself beginning to warm up to Ashton, who wanted nothing but to live her life to the fullest.

However, as the story progresses, I found myself increasingly uncomfortable with Ashton and Nathan’s relationship. Maybe my inexperience in NA plays a part in this, but I also felt like both of them were rushing into things much too quickly after the initial meet-up. Hormones, I understand. But deep emotion after something so casual irked me. Granted, I liked how the author was able to delay the supposed ‘one-night stand’ and make it into something with a little more emotion, but I couldn’t understand why Nathan felt so strongly about Ashton when she was supposed to be ‘just an assignment,’ and why Ashton felt so strongly about Nathan when he was supposed to be ‘just some hot guy.’

Near the end, the plot opens up to reveal a secret, which I actually had a hunch about, that develops the story a little bit more so that the plot isn’t just about sex. This is when Ashton and Nathan become better characters in my eyes, people who are serious and committed about relationships instead of impulsive adults with a whole lot of hormones. I felt like this twist should have opened up quicker, though, since I was already quite annoyed with both of the characters before the revelation. This is quite dangerous as well, since when the climax happens too late, there’s a risk of the book being labeled as a ‘no-plot’ or ‘petty.’ I liked King’s effort to flesh out the nuances in the scenes though, and I appreciated the little things she did to evolve the plot and characters.

Overall, I would probably recommend No Attachments to frequent NA readers who love playful bantering between characters and a lot of sexual tension. For veteran YA readers who have never touched a NA in their life, though, I would recommend starting small first and reading this when you get used to the whole different world New Adult novels present.

Author Bio:

Tiffany King is the author of The Saving Angels Series, Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies, Miss Me Not and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel book one. Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy.

She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

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Links:

Twitter- @AuthorTiffany

Facebook- Tiffany King

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Blog- authortiffanyjking.blogspot.com

Goodreads- Tiffany King

The Boyfriend App: (PH Blog Tour) Interview with Katie Sise+Giveaway

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Hi guys! So today is my stop on The Boyfriend App blog tour and I’ll be interviewing Katie Sise. Make sure to check out the giveaway below (PH only) and come back for Alyana’s stop where she will be reviewing TBA. :)

Hi Katie! Thanks for agreeing to this interview. It’s so nice of you to take time to help facilitate The Boyfriend App PH blog tour with Chyna.

So let’s get on with the interview!

1. Describe The Boyfriend App in three words.

I can tell you the three words I hope someone would use to describe it! Those would be: Sweet, Funny, and Fast-paced. I feel very lucky when I hear anyone use any of those words after they read it!

2. What inspired you to write a contemporary YA? What about the ‘Boyfriend app’ itself? What is it designed to do, and how does it affect the story?

I love all different YA genres, and I’ve written darker fiction, too, but a couple of years ago when the idea for The Boyfriend App was developing, I really felt drawn to write a contemporary that was (I hope) funny, and played around with the smartphone culture we’re all living in right now.  I hadn’t written a contemporary novel before, but I knew it was the right book when I felt myself connect with Audrey’s character. She’s different than me, so it really took a few practice chapters before I felt like I “got her.” And then I started really caring about what happened to her (that’s when you know you’re hooked into writing an entire novel!)

The Boyfriend App itself is designed to get a girl any guy she wants—and when Audrey figures out exactly what software to use to get it to work, it sets events into motion with some very chaotic results.

3. If you were to use The Boyfriend App, what would the results be/how would it work?

Ha! I don’t think I’d be allowed to use The Boyfriend App on any one other than my husband, but since that’s boring, I’ll answer you from the high-school me. I would’ve used it on this super hot blonde swimmer I was in love with during my freshman year. He didn’t give me the time of day! I would’ve figured out a way to use it dramatically—maybe during one of his races? So he’d sprint down the pool, win the race, and then lunge from the pool and sweep me into his arms. Of course, we’d kiss. I wouldn’t even mind that he smelled like pool water.

4. Who was the easiest character to write about? Who was the hardest? Why?

I loved writing Lindsay. She was so much fun. Every time she emerged on the page, I smiled. Aidan was the hardest! I wanted to get him just right.

5. How was the writing and publishing process like for The Boyfriend App?

I got very, very lucky with The Boyfriend App. It was bought by Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins, and we’ve had a wonderful time working together. Alessandra knew exactly what the book (and I) needed at every step. So while the writing and publishing process for The Boyfriend App seemed so easy and “meant to be,” I know firsthand it isn’t always that simple. I wrote a paranormal romance that went to a few acquisitions meetings at publishing houses, but ultimately didn’t sell. So I kept practicing to really try and figure out how to write a novel. My best advice to anyone who wants to write a novel is to just keep writing every day. You can only learn so much from reading. You have to put the pen to paper and keep working. Because the first book I wrote was published (It was a nonfiction guide called CREATIVE GIRL: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR TURNING TALENT AND CREATIVITY INTO A REAL CAREER), I thought, “Oh! This will be easy. Now I’ll just write novels.” It turns out that novels are much different from nonfiction books! It took a few years of practice, and I’m still learning.

6. When did you realize you wanted to be an author? What career option would you have taken if you didn’t choose to write?

I’ve wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember; I think I was eight or nine when I first said it out loud. I went to college wanting to write, but then while I was there I fell in love with acting and switched my major to Theater. I did a lot of acting/TV hosting and jewelry designing after college, then circled back to writing. So if I wasn’t writing, I’d probably do both of those again, and if it was something entirely new…I’d love to be an interior designer. And if I can pick anything even if I don’t have the skills…then I’d want to be a vet or an astronaut, of course! Or the person who comes up with names for nail polishes.

7. From your website, I learned that you are fond of jewelry designing as well. What are some of your favorite pieces? Who are your inspirations? How would you compare being an author and being a jewelry designer?

My favorite pieces are the multi-chain necklaces. I like that you can wear them in different ways, and that you can add them to what you’re wearing and it changes the look. I’m doing a new collection now using fabric and chain, which has been a lot of fun.

Jewelry designing and writing are both artistic—but so different! When I design jewelry it feels very meditative. There’s something calming about all of the fabrics, chains and stones lined in front of you to slowly choose from. With writing, there’s more thinking, and more excitement, too. It gets my brain working quickly. I often find myself speeding ahead in a scene to figure out what’s going to happen to the characters. There’s a rush with writing. I love that!

Quick Questions:

All time favorite series/movie that you can watch over and over again?

Titanic. I saw it twelve times in the theater when I was a teenager. Now I watch it whenever it comes on TV!

Favorite pick-me-up?

Hearing my son laugh.

Guilty pleasure?

Coffee. Lots of it.

Favorite book genre?

Oh man—that’s hard! I’d have to say thrillers.

Current read?

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer. It’s great!

Favorite drink?

Lemon Lime seltzer.

One thing on your desk that you always meant to throw away but never did? 

Dozens of to-do lists—sometimes from over a year ago. It’s amazing though how the old ones seem to stay current! Like: right, I should try to work out this week and buy raspberries…

The weirdest thing you have in your room?

Hot pink earplugs

Thank you so much for being here, Katie! Alyana and I really appreciate it, and we can’t wait for The Boyfriend App! <3

So thrilled to do it! And very grateful to be on your blog. Thank you!!!

Katharine’s first book, Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career (Perseus/Running Press) hit shelves in September of 2010. Creative Girl is written for every woman who wants to make her living in the creative world, whether in an office job or at the helm of her own business. The book is an encouraging and practical take on how to make a living doing what you love.

Katharine’s first novel, The Boyfriend App, will be published by HarperCollins Balzer + Bray on April 30, 2013. The Boyfriend App tells the story of a girl who, in order to win a scholarship offered by a secretly-evil global computing corporation, invents an app that makes any boy fall madly in love with her, with chaotic results.

Katharine has a BA in Film, Television and Theater from The University of Notre Dame. She lives in New York City with her family.

 

Website: http://www.katharinesise.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katiesise

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBoyfriendApp

Purchase links:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository

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Recap: Tahereh Mafi Blogger Forum and 300 Follower Giveaway!

First of all, Tiffany and I would like to apologize on the delay of this post. It was initially supposed to be put up the day after, but due to final examinations and last minute to-dos, it was pushed back to today. Nevertheless, here it is!

Last week, we attended the very first blogger forum that National Bookstore ever hosted! Not only that, but it was with Tahereh Mafi! Just in case you don’t know who she is (Which is a horrible and unforgivable sin.), Tahereh Mafi is the author of the Shatter Me series, with Shatter Me debuting on November 2011. Last February, Unravel Me, the second book in the series was released. (And, it was absolutely, breathtakingly amazing. Read it. Or else.) 

There are novellas as well, like Destroy Me being Shatter Me #1.5. This is in Warner’s point of view, so your perspective on the story (And for Warner, in fact.) takes a huge turn. Shatter Me #2.5 is set to come out later this year, but Tahereh is still contemplating on the whose POV she should put it in (Warner, Warner, Warner!) 

Oh, did I mention that the release of the third and last installment of the series is STILL NEXT YEAR?! I swear, I am not going to hold out for that long. No title has been released yet, but you know… it doesn’t hurt to imagine. *cough* Undress Me *cough*. 

If you want to know more about the series, check it out on Goodreads, or take a look at Tiffany’s 5 star ARC Review for Unravel Me

Funny Story: 

We actually met Tahereh Mafi AND Ransom Riggs before the blogger forum. Well, Tiffany did, at first. Let me rewind. 

Tiffany, Chyna (a friend of ours from school who also happens to be a blogger) and I were eating at a Thai restaurant when suddenly, we looked out the window and saw Tahereh Mafi and Randsom Riggs strolling outside
Now, what do you think happened? 

This: Chyna and Tiffany both got up, ran outside freaking out, leaving a very embarrassed me to deal with the other diners’ weird stares and the waiter’s suspicious glare. 

So this is what I did: Duck my head, pretended to use my phone and tried to eat the rest of my Phad Thai calmly. 

While I was doing that 
They were doing this 

















Thanks guys. 

IMMA KILL YOU BOTH!!

Eh, at least I got to chew them out when they got back. 

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(But then again, they were sort of on Cloud Nine, so I think my sermon just went in one ear and out the other. *sigh*) 

Anyhoo, when we left the restaurant to head over to the blogger forum, guess who we saw?

Yeah, that’s right. Emma Watson.

Kidding! Yes, it was Tahereh and Ransom again! All I’m proud to say is that while Tiffany and Chyna forgot how to speak in coherent sentences, I was able to complete a full one. Sort of. 

Our conversation: 

Us: *sees Tahereh and Ransom*
Me: Hey…
Chyna: Omg
Tiffany: It’s them! 
Tahereh and Ransom: *passes us* Hi again! 
Me: I’m the friend they left behind.
Chyna and Tiffany: Ah…ahaha 
Ransom: Sorry. *smiles*
Me: Thanks? 

Then we walked away awkwardly. 

Moving on. When we got to the forum, Tiffany I were lucky enough to snag numbers 7 and 8, which meant that we would be the 7th and the 8th persons to ask Tahereh Mafi our questions! Not only that, but since Tahereh and Ransom always tour together, he was there at the forum too. Thus, we got our copies of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children signed as well! 



Tiffany and I with Tahereh 
Tahereh and Ransom eating the dried mangoes that Tiffany gave them


Eeep! That day just couldn’t have been better. 

While the blogger forum was in session, Tahereh Mafi answered all of our questions–tons of them–patiently one by one. It was then when I learned even more things about the upcoming books and the current books that are being sold in book stores. 

Take this one: Did you know why Tahereh changed the original title, Touching Juliette, to Shatter Me? 

I didn’t. Heck, I didn’t even know that there was a title before Shatter Me! Well, basically, it’s because since this was a trilogy, the other titles have to be related to the first one. If they went with Touching Juliette, book 2 and 3 would probably come out as Sniffing Adam and Washing Warner. 

So that’s why they changed it to Shatter Me. 

After that, we got to have all of our books signed–by Tahereh and Ransom! 


Tahereh defaced Unravel Me for the both of us
Ransom signing our copies of his book


Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! 


To celebrate the fact that we crossed yet another milestone and reached over 300 followers, we want to give you the chance to win SIGNED copies of Shatter Me and Unravel Me, and bookmarks of Unravel Me that Tahereh signed for us all well! Not only that, but we’re throwing in some surprises as well! This is open INTERNATIONALLY, and we’ll be picking ONE winner a month from now. 

These rules and conditions apply: 

1) This is a FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY so being a follower is mandatory. You must be 13 years or older to enter. 

2) There will be ONE winner. They will be chosen through a raffle draw. 

3 ) This is INTERNATIONAL.

4) You have 48 hours to respond to our email if you do win, or else we will be forced to pick a new one. 

5) We hold the right to stop this giveaway at anytime, should circumstances arise.

Good luck! We wouldn’t have had this giveaway if it wasn’t for you guys, so thank you all so much! 

Win 1 signed paperback of Shatter Me and Unravel Me plus a huge signed bookmark and random surprise swag we will pick out of the third picture above.

Love, 

Tiffany and Alyana 
Thanks to National Bookstore for providing us with the fun and exciting blogger forum and for bring Tahereh Mafi here to Manila! Also, many thanks to Lyra from Defiantly Deviant and Ge from The Soul Sisters for taking us along with them! 

Post-Christmas Holiday Book Sale + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

The Post-Christmas Holiday Book Sale, hosted by the Indie Book Festival, will kick off on December 28 and run through December 31. All books will be .99!! The Indie Book Festival will be posting the participating books to their Facebook page as well.

The Indie Book Festival website is the premier online website for seasonal ebook sales events! From Halloween to Valentine’s Day – we’ll celebrate it by bringing you bestselling books by today’s hottest Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal and Young Adult indie authors.


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Winners of the 100 Follower Giveaway!

Merry Christmas!! We hope that you all got what you wished for this year! For us, that’s probably books, books, books and more books. XD

Those kids at Read, Breathe, Read… *grumble* Don’t even have time to put my pants on because I have to deliver those books they keep yappin’ bout. 
Anyhoo… *drumroll* Wow, we didn’t expect such a huge turnout for our giveaway, that’s for sure. And, since we were so overjoyed when it hit the 1000 mark and we’ve got over 200 followers now, keep an eye out for another giveaway soon! But, before that, the winners of our 100 Follower Giveaway are… 
1- #1019 Lilian Ssweety White

2- #167 Gemmy Tupaz 

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CONGRATULATIONS! You have 48 hours to respond to our email, or we will be forced to pick a new one. :( Thanks to EVERYONE who participated in the giveaway, and to Tiffany’s dad who’s sponsoring it. To all those who didn’t win, don’t worry! You might not win this time, but there are more to come! 

100 Follower Giveaway!


Alyana: *takes microphone* Ladies and gentlemen…

Tiffany: *coughs pointedly*You sound like Casear from the Hunger Games. 
Alyana: Really? Now? When we’re live? 
Tiffany: Uh… we are? Bob, I told you to wait for your cue!
Bob the Cameraman: Whoops.
Alyana: *face palm* Anyways, as you can see from the title, we have reached…
Tiffany: Drumroll please!
-really long dramatic drumroll-
Alyana and Tiffany: 100 FOLLOWERS! *throws confetti and sets off fireworks*

We’re freaking in AND out.


Tiffany: That was my line!
Alyana: No, it was mine! 
Tiffany: We’re wasting time. 
Alyana: Okay, so moving on, we’ve decided to host a special giveaway for our beloved followers! 
Tiffany: And it’s INTERNATIONAL!
Alyana: That’s right! 
Tiffany: Terms and conditions apply. *holds up piece of paper*

RULES:

1) This is a FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY so being a follower is mandatory. You must be 13 years or older to enter. 
2) We will be giving away ANY book of your choice from Book Depository worth $15 or less. We’ve posted some examples of such that can be seen below. (If the prices of the books listed below change, we reserve the right to refuse the purchase of that book in the circumstance that it goes over $15)
3) There will be TWO winners. They will be chosen through a raffle draw. 
4) This is INTERNATIONAL.(Make sure The Book Depository ships to wherever you live)
5) You have 48 hours to respond to our email if you do win, informing us about the book of your choice, or else we will be forced to pick a new one. (So please DO look for a book before the contest ends in case you win) :)
6) We hold the right to stop this giveaway at anytime, should circumstances arise.

Alyana: That’s about it!
Tiffany: *sighs* If I could, I’d enter this contest myself. Think of all the books that you can win…
Alyana: I agree with you there. So enter today for a chance to win!
Tiffany: You have over one month to do so, and this contest will end on the 25th of December, exactly 12:00am! 
Alyana: Kinda like a Christmas gift from us! *wink wink*
Tiffany: Thanks again to all our followers- for making all of this possible! 

And now, the book list: 
(The books that are not released yet/currently unavailable will be pre-ordered)
1. Sweet Evil/Peril by Wendy Higgins 
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern >Review here<
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins >Review here<
4. Tiger’s Curse/Quest/Voyage/Destiny by Colleen Houck
5. Half-Blood/Pure/Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
6. Obsidian/Onyx/Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
7. Die For Me/Until I Die/If I Should Die by Amy Plum >Review here<
8. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang >Review here<
9. Starcrossed/Dreamless/Goddess by Josephine Angelini >Review here<
10. Wake by Amanda Hocking
11. Switched/Torn/Ascend by Amanda Hocking
12. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa >Review here<
13. The Lost Prince/The Iron Legends/The Iron King/Daughter/Queen/Knight by Julie Kagawa >Review here<

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Promo+Giveaway of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, you would love THE SLEEPING BEAUTY TRILOGY

The NEW republished books from Anne Rice-

Many people know that Anne Rice paved the way for blockbuster books about witches and vampires. What they may not realize, is that she is also the godmother of pleasure and pain erotica. When Anne Rice published her seminal SLEEPING BEAUTY CHRONICLES in the mid-eighties under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure, she couldn’t have predicted that not only would her erotic take on

the famous fairy tale become a huge underground hit and a mainstay for erotica fans for three decades, but it would also be a choice as ahead of the curve as her supernatural novels.


The series is more popular than ever, and with sadomasochistic erotica dominating bestseller lists, more and more people are discovering this classic trilogy. Now her books will be available for a whole new generation of erotica fans. All three books will hit stores nationwide on July 11th 2012, from Plume with a provocative new preface and gorgeous re-package.


From the author

As Anne Rice, I’m known for certain kinds of novels; the Roquelaure books retain the name Roquelaure (even with my name added) to indicate that this is something “different.” If Anne Rice is one kind of savory dish, well this is another entirely. And some might find it far too spicy for their taste. I don’t like the idea of confusing or disappointing readers, so the pen name helps with that. Of course, there are many people who have read all my work, including the Roquelaure novels, and they see me as a multifaceted writer. But the Roquelaure material is erotica, without reservation, and it needs that pen name on the label, so to speak. The pen name says: Anne Rice is doing something very different here.
… this is shamelessly erotic. It pulls no punches at being what it is. It’s excessive and it is erotica. Before these books, a lot of women read what were called “women’s romances” where they had to mark the few “hot pages” in the book. I said, well, look, try this. Maybe this is what you really want, and you don’t have to mark the hot pages because every page is hot. Every page is about sexual fulfillment. Every page is meant to give you pleasure. There are no boring parts. Yet it’s very “romantic.” And well, I think this worked. ~ Taken from the Prologue, ANNE RICE, JUNE 2012


An excerpt-
The Prince had all his young life know the story of Sleeping Beauty, cursed to sleep for a hundred years, with her parents, the King and Queen, and all of the Court, after pricking her finger on a spindle.
But he did not believe it until he was inside the castle.
Even the bodies of those other Princes caught in the thorns of the rose vines that covered the walls had not made him believe it.  They had come believing it, true enough, but he must see for himself inside the castle. 
Careless with grief for the death of his father, and too powerful under his mother’s rule for his own good, he cut these awesome vines at their roots, and immediately prevented them from ensnaring him.  It was not his desire to die so much as to conquer.
And picking his way through the bones of those who had failed to solve the mystery, he stepped alone into the great banquet hall.
The sun was high in the sky and those vines had fallen away, so the light fell in dusty shafts from the lofty windows.
And all along the banquet table, the Prince saw the men and women of the old Court, sleeping under layers of dust, their ruddy and slack faces spun over with spider webs.
He gasped to see the servants dozing against the walls, their clothes rotted to tatters.
But it was true, this old tale. And, fearless as before, he went in search of the Sleeping Beauty who must be at the core of it.

The next two books after The Claiming of the Sleeping Beauty–the Anne Rice trilogy comes to a close.

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Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole Excerpt+Giveaway!

Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole (Book#1 of the Paradise Diaries)
I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London.  Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring. 

Until this year.

And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:

1.  I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes. 

2.  If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.

3.  I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.

4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise. 

5.  See number four above.  Because it brings with it a whole slew  of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.

Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine.  He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis.  I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots.  See the difference?

But hearts don’t care about differences.  Hearts want what they want.  And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl.  

My heart just might be crazy.
~

So today, we’ll be revealing a short excerpt from the YA novel, Dante’s Girl, and…
Wait for it…
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But first, the excerpt-

“Why do you look sad?” I ask.  “You live in a beautiful country with the world at your fingertips.  Your dad is amazing and nice and you’re a billionaire.  What could possibly make you sad?”
Dante studies me, his cobalt eyes serious, his expression unreadable.

“Let’s go for a walk,” he finally says.  “Someplace quieter.”

A quiet place with Dante?  Yes, Please!

I scramble to my feet and walk with him through the crowd again, this time oblivious to the stares.  He has a huge stride and I find myself hurrying to keep up, two steps for every one of his.  He weaves us through the people and out the doors in record time. 

Before I know it, we are on a terrace.  In the dark.  Under the stars.

With Dante.

This may as well be Heaven.

In fact, it might actually be. 

Have I died and didn’t realize it?

I flex my fingers and poke at my thigh.

My mind is fuzzy and I feel like I am moving slower than I actually am.  Is life in slow motion right now or is it me?  I blink hard then poke myself again.

“Are you alright?” Dante asks, watching me curiously.  I nod.

“Yep. I’ve just never had three glasses of champagne before.  In fact, I’ve never even had one.  Until now.”

I giggle at the thought and Dante smiles. 

“Okay, drunk girl.  Let’s sit you down.”

He guides me to a lounger and eases me onto it.  I clutch at his arm, not wanting to let him go.  He stares down at me. 

“You really have had too much to drink, haven’t you, little sunflower?”

The name warms my heart and I decide that he is the handsomest person in the world. 

“Is handsomest a word?” I ask him. 

He looks at me blankly. 

“I don’t know,” he answers slowly.  “Why?”

“You’re the handsomest person in the world,” I announce.  “I don’t care if it’s a word or not.  You are it, one way or another.”

Dante smiles and runs a hand through his hair, as though he’s trying to decide what to do.

“Oh.  Okay.  Um, thanks?  What am I going to do with you?  You’re adorable when you are drunk.  But I made you drunk, even if it was an accident.  How was I supposed to know that you’re such a lightweight?”

He sounds like he is waging some sort of battle with himself.

“Who exactly are you arguing with?”I ask, the champagne clouding my thoughts in a very thorough way. “You will get no arguments from me tonight.  No matter what.”

He sighs, a husky and ragged sound.

It’s sexy.

I scoot closer to him and drag him down until he is sitting on the lounger with me.  His warmth feels nice out here because the air has turned cool.  It’s dark and I feel like we’re in our own little world.  I run my fingers over his arm, then grip at his shoulders.

“You’re so strong,” I tell him.  “And your fingers are so long.”

I don’t know what that has to do with anything, I just feel like pointing it out.  Because his fingers are long.  I pick up his hand and slide my own against it.  His hand is at least a full inch longer than mine.  Probably more.  I curl my fingers around his and hold tight to his hand. 

I look up at him.

He is so devastatingly beautiful in the moonlight.

I tell him so.

He stares at me, his dark gaze unwavering.  Except for my knees.  It definitely wavers my knees, if that is possible.  I know I wouldn’t be able to stand up if I tried. Which I’m not going to.  I’m staying right here…with Dante.

“Kiss me,” I whisper.  “Please.”

Dante is silent, his blue eyes frozen on me. 

And then he lowers his head and his soft lips are upon mine.

And I might seriously die this time.

For real.

I’m kissing Dante.

Kissing.

Dante.

The thoughts won’t stop running through my head as Dante kisses me in the most romantic and soft kiss I’ve ever experienced.  My thoughts blur together and all I can do now is immerse myself in the moment.  The world actually seems to explode for a second.  This is the most amazing kiss in the history of the world. 

 ~

How was that for an excerpt? ;)

Now, for the giveaway.

The winner will have the choice of receiving a gifted ecopy (Kindle or Nook) of Princess or Soul Kissed. Obviously open internationally.
Also, if you live in US/Canada, you will also receive a signed 4×6 glossy of Dante’s Girl!! :)




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