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{Tour Stop} Shadow of the Mark (Carrier of the Mark #1) by Leigh Fallon – Book Feature + Giveaway

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12543750 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: July 9, 2013
Series: #2 (Carrier of the Mark)
Length: 320 pages

It has been foretold that a relationship between two Marked Ones could lead to untold catastrophe and disaster.

Megan and Adam are determined to defy the risks.

While Megan evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around her.  With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength. 

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery.  It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past…far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order’s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.”

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I started out life in South Africa.  A year later my parents moved home to Dublin, Ireland.  When I was older and realized my parents had moved me from exotic Durban, to sedate Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, I was rightly ticked off.  I fantasized about the amazing life I could have had in South Africa, and that fantastic accent that could have been all mine.

Instead, I got myself a fine Irish brogue growing up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where I went to a convent school and had to contend with uniforms, gabardines, and nuns.

During college I met a dashing sailor who swept me off my feet, all the way to Cork in the south of Ireland.  I worked in corporate treasury and traveled Europe doing all sorts of fun finance stuff.

When I had my children I decided to take a career break, and soon discovered a love of writing.  That career break became a career change when I wrote my debut novel, Carrier of the Mark.

I posted Carrier of the Mark on a HarperCollins website called inkpop.  Within weeks it was voted into the top five books of thousands on the site, and was reviewed by a HarperTeen editor.  Two months later that same editor offered me my first publishing contract.

My husband swept me off my feet again, this time in a westerly direction, we landed in Massachusetts, USA, where we now live with our four children and one double pawed cat.

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Grand Prize Winner will get:
– 1 Autographed ARC of SHADOW OF THE MARK
– 3 CARRIER OF THE MARK Bookmarks
– 3 SHADOW OF THE MARK Bookmarks
– 2 Buttons for each book
– 1 Irish Bookmark
– 1 Postcard for each book
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1 Runner Up will receive a $20.00 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N, their choice!
open internationally

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{Tour Stop} The Wisdom of Hair by Kim Boykin – Review + Giveaway

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15808372 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: March 5, 2013 by Berkley Trade
Length: 304 pages
Source: (author) review copy

Life can be beautiful, but it takes a little work…

The problem with cutting your own hair is that once you start, you just keep cutting, trying to fix it, and the truth is, some things can never be fixed. The day of my daddy’s funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime-store watercolor sets. I was nine years old. People asked me why I did it, but I was too young then to know I was changing my hair because I wanted to change my life.”

In 1983, on her nineteenth birthday, Zora Adams finally says goodbye to her alcoholic mother and their tiny town in the mountains of South Carolina. Living with a woman who dresses like Judy Garland and brings home a different man each night is not a pretty existence, and Zora is ready for life to be beautiful.

With the help of a beloved teacher, she moves to a coastal town and enrolls in the Davenport School of Beauty. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Cathcart, she learns the art of fixing hair, and becomes fast friends with the lively Sara Jane Farquhar, a natural hair stylist. She also falls hard for handsome young widower Winston Sawyer, who is drowning his grief in bourbon. She couldn’t save Mama, but maybe she can save him.

As Zora practices finger waves, updos, and spit curls, she also comes to learn that few things are permanent in this life—except real love, lasting friendship, and, ultimately… forgiveness.”

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Just by reading the title, I know this is one of those books that has a life lesson. This is told in 1st person p.o.v. of 19-year-old Zora Adams who attends a beauty school after leaving her mother. I love how hair has a big significance in the story. Often, the ladies get haircuts or they have customers who wants to change their hairstyles. In my opinion, getting a haircut represents a change in life, or being a new person which what Zora wants, but sometimes, a haircut is simply just a haircut. The Wisdom of Hair was really an entertaining read that will teach you a life lesson. I love the writing style; the pacing was smooth & the setting DID feel like it’s in the 1980’s. I think it’s challenging to write a novel that has a setting in the past because as you’re writing it, you have all these modern culture surrounding you.

The characters, even the supporting characters, were very realistic and relatable. Zora is such an independent and strong woman. Because her father passed away, her mother grieves by drinking and bringing in strange men in their house which Zora has to put up with. When she couldn’t take in any longer, she moves out to an apartment owned by a widow named Winston Sawyer and in the beauty school, she meets Sara Jane Farquhar. I really love Sara’s character. She’s funny and a best friend everyone should have. Her family is super nice as well especially her mother. Mrs. Farquhar treats Zora like her own daughter & wished her mother had done the same thing.

Although the book is about how Zora overcomes the struggle that she faces in life, we also get to read about Sara’s life, especially her love life. That’s definitely one to look out for in the book because it’s just wonderfully executed. There weren’t that many scenes in the beauty school, but more on Zora & Sara’s life. I love how they treat each other like a sister & their stories are really interesting (which is mostly about boys). We also get to see and understand Zora & Winston’s relationship and how it changes her. The ending was very unpredictable; this book has a happy ending you wouldn’t expect. At first it wouldn’t seem like a happy ending, but you’ll realize a simple thing like that IS a happy ending. The Wisdom of Hair is about acceptance, forgiveness, friendship, first love, and second chance. If those concepts interest you then I highly recommend it for you. I think this book not only fit in the young adult category, but in the adult as well.

4 of 5

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Kim  BoykinI was born in Augusta, Georgia, but raised in South Carolina in a home with two girly sisters and great parents. So when you read my stuff if there is ever some deranged mama or daddy terrorizing the protagonist, I want to make it clear, it’s not them.
I had a happy, boring childhood, which sucks if you’re a writer because you have to create your own crazy. PLUS after you’re published and you’re being interviewed, for some reason, it’s very appealing that the author actually lived in Crazy Town or somewhere in the general vicinity.
What I did have going for me was two things. One, my grandfather, Bryan Standridge, was an amazing storyteller. He held court under an old mimosa tree on the side of his yard, and people used to come by in droves just to hear him tell stories. He told tales about growing up in rural Georgia and shared his unique take on the world. As a child, I was enthralled, but when I started to write, really write, I realized what a master teacher of pacing and sensory detail he was.
The other major influence on my writing is my ADHDness. Of course when I was a kid, nobody knew what that was. Compared to my older sisters, I knew something was “wrong” with me, so I learned to multitask like crazy and excel at things I did well to make up for things I couldn’t do like math and sitting still.
Today, I’m an empty nester of two kids with a husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes. I write stories about strong southern women because that’s what I know. I’m an accomplished public speaker, which basically means I’m good at talking.
If this doesn’t tell you what you want to know, check out my blog for a few laughs and some good stuff on writing, gardening, food, and, of course, hair.

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Prizes: 1 Winner will receive the Kindle pictured above. (WiFi, 6in Display)
4 Winners will get 2 ARCS each, on for them self and one for their hair stylist!

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Tour Stop: ReVamped by Ada Adams – Review + Spotlight + Giveaway

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Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: February 20, 2012
Series: #1 (Angel Creek)
Length: 291 pages
Source: (author) review copy

A simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.”

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Holy vamps. Seriously one of the BEST vampire books out there. It took me two days to finish it because it was just well written, and I felt like I was part of their world. I read this book without reading the summary or any reviews. Well, I saw a couple of bloggers on Twitter saying how much they loved it, and that was pretty much it. I went into this book without knowing anything except that it was about vampires. ReVamped is told from the female protagonist’s point of view, Dawn, a 19 year old who is the daughter of the vampire U.S. president. That’s right, a vampire U.S. president. Being the president’s daughter, he was very protective of her, and in this book, Dawn was given her first mission from her father, which is to recruit the 4 new guardian vampires of a town called Angel Creek. This book is where people and vampires live together, but with a couple of rules. There are two kinds of vampires, the one BORN and the ones that were MADE.

I love how the characters didn’t sound anything alike. They were all unique and had their quirks which made me laugh at times. They all had an interesting background which made me surprised. I really liked Dawn‘s character. She was realistic which made her relatable. What I love about her is that she doesn’t complain; she thinks positively no matter how hard or complicated the situation is. Sebastian‘s character was mysterious, snobbish and he often has mood swings, but there’s an explanation of why he is like that. Trust me, you won’t hate him. Ethan was just cute! He’s a bartender (or a waiter?) at a restaurant at Angel Creek who Dawn first meets. He’s so adorable and I actually want him to end up with Dawn. Yes, there is a love triangle, but it’s not one of those annoying love triangles just to have a love triangle in the book. The romance rocks! I love how it didn’t took over the story.

Now, the MisFits. These people are totally hilarious. They are called misfits simply because at first Dawn didn’t think that these teenagers that she recruited fits to be a guardian. I don’t want to go over these characters because I want you to find out their personalities as you read it. Brooke, a cheerleader recruited to be a misfit, might be annoying and stupid at times, but she adds humor to the story.

Although I enjoyed reading ReVamped, there was one thing I was confused about in Brooke’s past. I don’t understand how she was able to stay in high school since 1900’s, I believe, without getting caught? Don’t you need paperworks for transferring to a different school? Weren’t they able to catch her repeating her high school years? I also thought if people and vampires live in the same world, then how come vampires didn’t have their own school? Those are just some of my questions that were never answered, but I still loved the book! I definitely, highly, extremely recommend this to everyone especially if you’re looking for a fresh vampire read.

4.5 of 5

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Ada Adams“Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out.”

As a writer and an actress, Ada spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the kick-butt female characters she enjoys writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Masters of Science in Education.

Ada began her writing career at the age of three (with a string of short stories that only a mother could love!) and has been inventing quirky characters and imaginary worlds ever since. She is an editor-in-chief of VEUX Magazine (www.veuxmag.com) and a passionate advocate for the arts. A self-proclaimed book and TV junkie, she also loves animals, chocolate, and bubble tea.

Ada lives in Toronto, Canada. When she is not writing, you can find her on an adventurous nature hike with her puppies, Caramilk and Oreo. Or, more likely, deep in a jar of Nutella.

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Prizes: 2 winners will receive a print copy of Revamped by Ada Adams.
1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of ReAwakened by Ada Adams.
1 Winner will receive a Poster and Bookmark of a Surprise Art by James Vallesteros.
10 Winners will receive One bookmark of a Surprise Art by James Vallesteros.

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