Release Day post: After The Storm by Marie Landry!

Marie is a great friend of mine and I’m absolutely thrilled to say a massive congratulations to her on the release day of After The Storm!

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How gorgeous is that cover?
I actually managed to finish reading After The Storm last night, I still had 50% to go so I didn’t think I’d manage it in time for release day, but I couldn’t put it down! The next time I looked at the clock it was 4am! This is the second book in Marie’s Angel Island series, a companion novel to Waiting For The Storm which can easily be read as a standalone, although I totally recommend you read Waiting For The Storm too because it was one of my favourite books of last year – at the end of the year, I intended to do a top ten list of books read in 2013 but as usual, I didn’t manage to find the time. I wish I had because Waiting For The Storm would have been in my top three.
After The Storm gets five+ stars from me. It was a wonderful read, full of lovely characters who are real and relatable. I cannot recommend this series highly enough. It’s real life, touching, emotional, it will make you laugh and sympathise, and cry, and then sob, and then cry some more before ending with a smile! Marie is a fantastic writer, she really knows how to describe the grief of losing someone and the pain of trying to live your life without them.
Roll on the next book in the Angel Island series. I loved Sadie in this and can’t wait to read her story too!

About the book:
For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the rebellious, unhappy person she became when she found out her mom was dying.

When Ella meets River Maracle and Sadie Fitzgerald, she begins to learn it’s okay to be herself, even if that means being different. River and Sadie aren’t ashamed of their misfit status—River grew up on a reservation, and his mother is the school counselor; Sadie stands out with her funky homemade clothes, and is a master at ignoring the whispered rumors that have plagued her since the beginning of high school.

Ella finds a kindred spirit in Sadie, and something more in River. After almost a year of pretending to be someone she’s not, she finally embraces life and allows herself to have fun without constant guilt. But despite her budding happiness, something is off with her new life. She doesn’t want to dwell on the past, but Angel Island is a small place, and she soon realizes her demons are harder to outrun than she thought…

You can find the book on:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
B&N
Goodreads

Congratulations on your new release, Marie! It was just as amazing as the first book and I can’t stop looking at that beautiful cover!

About Marie:
Marie-Landry-Author-Pic Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. She’s a hopeless romantic, an unapologetic eavesdropper (occupational hazard), an equally unapologetic squeeing fangirl, and a lover of swoonworthy book and TV characters. For more on Marie and her books please visit http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca. She also loves to chat with fellow book lovers, so feel free to tweet her @SweetMarie83 any time!

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North Pole Reform School Blog Tour – Day 7 + 8!

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So this is it, the NPRS tour is over already! It’s gone so quickly but it’s been such a lovely tour! The final two days have been amazing!

– A fantastic review from Kimber Leigh, who calls NPRS “one of her favourite reads this year” at Kimber Leigh Writes!

– Another amazing one from Unabridged Bookshelf!

– 5 Stars from Always Lost In Books!

– Lovely review from Chill Reviews!

– 4 stars from the Two Tall Tales blog!

– 4.5 out of 5 stars from All Things In The Cloud Sweet!

– An interview with me on lovely author Stacey J Mitchell’s blog!

– A guest post about my writing habits on Cherry Mischievous!

Don’t forget there’s still a $25 Amazon voucher up for grabs at each of these stops!

Not part of the tour, but two more things to mention

– My lovely tattoo-buddy Jenny has listed her top ten books of 2013, and Not Pretty Enough has made her list! It’s such an honour! Check it out at Jenny In Neverland!

– And last but not least, fab writer Jennifer Joyce has let me on her blog today to talk about my top ten Christmas films!

Thank you all for such a wonderful tour! It’s been fab and festive, and I can’t believe how nice everyone has been about the book! Thank you everyone! Now, it’s nearly Christmas… Where’s the Quality Street?

North Pole Reform School Blog Tour – Day 5 + 6!

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Day six of the North Pole Reform School tour already! There’s only two days left!

– 5 stars from Yvonne at The Shadow Realm!

– 4 stars from Been There, Read That, Reviewed The Book!

– 5 stars from The “I Love Books” Club!

– 5 stars from lovely author DJ Kirkby!

– Wonderful review from Buried Under Books!

– 5 Dancing Candy Canes (!) from Bella’s Shelf!

– Not part of the tour, but the fabulous Laura at Laura’s Little Book Blog writes brilliant reviews and gives NPRS 8.5 stars out of 10!

– And author Alison Jack is running a feature on Christmas Reads this week, and NPRS is her pick for Day One!

North Pole Reform School Blog Tour – Day 3 + 4!

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Days three and four of the North Pole Reform School tour have been wonderful!

Reviews:

5+ stars from the gorgeous Trish at Tishylou’s World!

– Fab YA author Marie Landry calls it her “new favourite Christmas book”! Best compliment ever!

– Another author who I really admire, Cheyanne Young, gives NPRS 5 stars!

– Another brilliant review at The Enigma Of Herself.

– Five stars from Book Savvy!

– Five stars from the fabulous Sorcha at Old Victorian Quill!

– Four stars from Donnie Darko Girl and Clever Girls Read!

Guest posts:

– An excerpt and interview with me at Paranormal Sisters.

– My Top 5 Christmas songs at Pretty Girls Read Books.

– My Dream Cast if NPRS was ever made into a movie is hosted by the lovely Sheli at Sheli Reads!

Don’t forget, there’s a $25 Amazon gift voucher up for grabs at all of these tour stops! See you tomorrow for day 5!

North Pole Reform School Blog Tour – Day 1 and 2 Round-Up!

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The North Pole Reform School blog tour kicks off this week! It’s a brilliant time of year to do a tour because everything is all festive and lovely! Look, even my own website is snowing!

A round-up of happenings on the first two days of the blog tour:

Guest posts –

My Top 5 Christmas TV Movies on Reading Past My Bedtime.

a take on NPRS from Luke’s POV! (This was so much fun to write!) on Books Live Forever.

– And an interview with Paulette’s Papers.

And some fantabulous reviews from –

To Another World, The Book Geek Wears Pyjamas, Hot Off The Shelves, Kimberlyfaye Reads, Bookmarks, Spoilers, and Happily Ever After, The Book Bag, Marie Godley, and Diamond and Coal!

You can also enter to win a $25 (or local equivalent) at any of these tour stops!

North Pole Reform School – New Christmas YA Book – Out Today!

Time for another book release! (Don’t worry, it will be the last for a while!) My fifth book, a YA Christmas romantic comedy is officially released today! It’s called North Pole Reform School and I would, of course, love you to read it!

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You can read a sample or buy the book on Amazon UK or Amazon.com, and it’s available from every Amazon in the world so you’ll be able to grab it from your local one too!

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a Kindle, because it’s also available in paperback! See? Amazon UK or Amazon.com and Amazon have very kindly reduced the price at the moment too, but who knows how long that will last!

About the book:
Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.

Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.

She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.

But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.

A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music.

Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.

Find NPRS on Goodreads: Here.

There’s also a giveaway running on Goodreads, where you can enter to win a signed paperback copy of the book! Open internationally! Enter HERE!

If you missed it earlier in the week, North Pole Reform School will also be going on a blog tour in December! It will run from Dec 9th to Dec 18th (missing the weekend) and all bloggers are more than welcome to sign-up to review the book, or have an interview or guest post with me, or even something simple like a spotlight post would be fantastic!
More info: Here
Sign-ups: Here
I’m looking forward to a fun and festive tour!

As always, I can never thank you guys enough for supporting me on release day and on every other day of the year!

Blog Tour Invite: North Pole Reform School – Touring In December!

Finally I have some North Pole Reform School blog tour info to share!

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Dianne from Oops I Read A Book Again and I are organising a blog tour for North Pole Reform School in December, the 9th until the 18th to be exact! All bloggers are welcome to take part, we have no limit on sign-ups so the more the merrier! As the book is festive and it’s close to Christmas, I’m hoping this will be a very festive tour! You can choose whichever day you want, and if you want to do a review of the book or if you’d prefer a guest post or an interview from me, questions and guest post topics can be normal writing-related or Christmas-related, I think it would be quite fun to do mostly Christmas stuff!
Final copies of the book are now ready (which is just as well really considering it comes out this week!) and as before on the Not Pretty Enough tour, there will be a tour-wide Rafflecopter giveaway for an Amazon voucher, and a separate giveaway only for the tour hosts!

Feel free to get in touch with any questions! And thank you all for the support, I really hope this will be a fun and Christmassy tour!

Sign-up using the form: —- HERE —-

About the book:
NPRSCover200 Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.

Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.

She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.

But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.

A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music.

Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.

Released Wednesday, November 6th 2013!
Find on Goodreads: Here.

Blog Tour Stop – The Harvesters by Ashley Hill

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Today I’m pleased to host a blog tour stop for Ashley Hill’s horror short story, The Harvesters! Ashley has been super supportive of me and my books and I’m thrilled to be able to return the favour today!

About the book:
The Harvesters (Harvesting Series #1) By Ashley Hill
Publication Date: November 28th 2012
Genre: Young Adult/ New Adult Horror

Summary:
When she finds her boyfriend shackled to a white metal table Ashley feared for the worse.

On a small trip of dropping off a package for Jason’s father, the young couple never thought they would be running for their lives. Running away from supposedly friends whom in turned to be a family of harvesters.

Human harvesters and they are looking for something specific. And Ashley just might be the perfect match for that something.

My review: 4/5 stars!
I really enjoyed this short story, it starts off right in the middle of the action, it’s very creepy and poses a lot of questions – who are these ‘harvesters’ and just what are they harvesting?
Creepy children, action, drama, peril, it has all the right ingredients for a horror story! I liked the change of viewpoint between characters half way through, that was a clever switch, and kept things interesting!
It’s easy to read in one sitting, and the ending is fantastic! A really nice twist that made me want to read the next in the series immediately! I really look forward to finding out where Ashley takes the story next!
I’ve only given it 4 instead of 5 stars because there were some editing issues that made it quite hard to follow in places, but overall this was a creepy, quick read that I highly recommend to horror fans!

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Amazon
B&N
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You can find it on Goodreads here!

 

 

 

 

 

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About Ashley:

I’m a college student still trying to get a handle of the adult world. When I need to get away from it I lose myself in books, my own writing, and in spending time with my amazing boyfriend which he supports me to no end.

Finding my passion in books has led me to finding a passion in writing my own fictional stories back in 2009, I have turned th

is into a dream career and going one step further I would love to open up my own book store.

Find her on social media here:
Ashley’s Blog:
http://www.paranormalsisters.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PnormalSisters
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6604539.Ashley_Hill
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paranormal-Sisters/327714850596230

Thanks to Ashley for letting me join in the fun today, and good luck with the rest of your blog tour!

The Sentinel by Holly Martin – Cover Reveal!

Today I’m thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for a brand new YA novel from debut author Holly Martin!
Over the past couple of months, I’ve got to know Holly through Twitter and have seen her preparing for her release and followed each update excitedly, and I was so pleased when she agreed to let me be part of the cover reveal!

Without further ado, here is the lovely cover! *drumroll*

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About the book:
When Eve is rescued from a horrific coach crash by her teachers, she is shocked to discover they possess super strength and speed. But what happens next is even more harrowing.
In the aftermath of the crash she discovers that everyone in her life from neighbours, doctors, dentists, teachers, shop keepers and even her family and friends are actually super strength Guardians sent to protect her. They all have one thing in common, a single minded ferocity that she must be kept alive at all costs.
However, she is surrounded by secrets and lies. Those in the know deny all knowledge of what happened that fateful night. Everyone else carries on as normal, seemingly unaware of the new strange world that she has stumbled against.
With the help of Seth, her best friend, Eve discovers the prophecies surrounding her true identity and the super strength she too holds. With her Guardians pledged to protect her, her closest friends ready to die for her, her own hopes and dreams are put on hold whilst she battles to control the amazing powers she has been bestowed with.
But those that seek to destroy her move ever closer. Will the Guardians be enough to protect her when so many are prepared to stop at nothing to see her dead? And will she be strong enough to fulfil her destiny when the time comes?
A fast paced fantasy adventure for young adults.
With high speed car chases, airborne fights, amazing stunts and super powered beings, this is a story of loyalty, friendship and love.

The book will be released on October 16th! It sounds amazing, the early reviews are amazing, and I definitely can’t wait to read it!

Not Pretty Enough Blog Tour – The Tenth and Last Day!

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It’s the end of the blog tour already! The last and final day is here. I can’t believe it’s over!

– Another fab start to the day with this review from the lovely Donna at Room For Reading!

– 4 stars from Me, Bookshelf, and I!

– 4 stars from Bianca2b!

– Lovely review from Rebbie Reviews!

– And Random Jendsmit hosts a guest post by me on Getting Inside Character’s Heads!

And that’s it! It’s been a fantastic two weeks and I can never thank everyone enough for all the love and support! Every review, every guest post, interview, spotlight, and excerpt from bloggers on the tour, and every mention and RT on Twitter and Facebook is appreciated so, so much! You guys rock!

Extra special thanks to Dianne at Oops I Read Again who has worked countless hours to organise this massive tour!

Coming up next week: Cover reveal info and blurb for my next book – North Pole Reform School!