[Short Reviews]: The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin, Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe, I Kissed the Boy Next Door by Suzanne D. Williams,

Author: Lara Zielin
Publisher:  Putnam Juvenile

Release Date: August 2nd 2012
Pages: 246
Read in: 2 days

One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane's life for the better

Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can't quite admit her mother's alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane's best friend.

Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty--is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.
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        I've been wanting to read The Waiting Sky since it came out in the late Summer of 2012. Besides the very intense-looking cover (with a freaking tornado in a jar!); I thought the very idea of people chasing tornadoes was pretty ... bizarre. I mean, honestly, anyone who chases down freaking tornado/twisters for fun has got to have some serious baggage. I found the conflict in the story to be realistic. Zielin did an amazing job communicating those confused, hurt, and guilty feelings that accompany a person who has an alcoholic parent. I thought the love interest was decent, I wasn't expecting too much to happen between them. Definitely, no four letter word coming out of anyone's mouth. The pace was kind of slow. A bit annoying... I wasn't able to connect with Jane. Her character was whiny, melodramatic, and extremely selfish.
(3.7 to be fair. Not a 4 star.)

Author: Trisha Wolfe
Publisher:  Omnific Publishing
Release Date: January 10th 2012
Pages: 224
Read in: 1 hour, 30 minutes

It's the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, she fears the change her birthday will bring. 

When Dez's newfound power rockets out of control, it's a Narcolym who could change her fate...if she can trust him. Dez's guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.
         Destiny's Fire  is a compelling, jaw-dropping, drama leaking read that'll have you wishing your life was a paranormal thriller. Trisha Wolfe does an amazing job in developing the in-depth setting and the relationships between the characters. The action that was described was so vivid, and ... there. I felt like I could feel  the tension, love, anger, and I'm-about-to-kick-ass drama. I flipped through the pages like a maniac, and finished reading Destiny's Fire  in an hour and 30 minutes. One thing I really loved about Wolfe's writing was the pace - it was perfect.  The book did look a bit short, so I assumed it would be a fast paced book - which it was, but not so much, that I had to flip back pages and try to understand what I just read.

Author: Suzanne D. Williams
Publisher:  Barnes & Noble
Release Date: April 6th 2013
Pages: 92
Read in: 3 hours

There’s a new boy next door. Then again, not so new. Because to Lucy McKinsey, he’s a face from her past and a childhood memory of summer camp and a dare. Kiss Jackson Phillips. But what a fourteen-year-old would do to impress her friends, changes in three years. Right?

Maybe not.

Yet this time Jackson isn’t the same as he was. He’s taller, more handsome, and far wiser. What is the pain that he carries inside? And can something as simple as a well-meant kiss cure the boy next door?
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         A cute, refreshing, short contemporary story about two neighbors, Jackson and Lucy. They've always had chemistry, especially after Lucy kissed him when they were 13 as a dare. An okay read for a short story, things did develop pretty fast between them which was a little surprising for me. The conflict in the story, though realistic was a little too played out. I didn't like the ending. Too happily-ever-after. Not the slightest bit practical.

[Book Blitz]: Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

Author: Elle Casey  
Release Date: June 30th 2013 
Genre: NA Romance

IT HAPPENED IN VEGAS. I can't be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much. ... Andie's just days away from tying the knot, but there's just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she's already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won't issue her a marriage license until it's all cleared up. Tripping her way through cow pies and country songs to meet up with a man who gets around places on horseback is her very last idea of how to have a good time, but if she's going to get married, make partner at the firm, and have two point five kids before she's thirty-five, she needs to get to the bottom of this snafu and fix it quick ... before her fiance finds out and everything she's been working toward goes up in flames.
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We're so excited to be hosting the Book Blitz for Elle Casey! In fact, we have a mini-interview with her about her writing and other influences on her work.

- Interview -

You started out writing in YA.  What brought you over to New Adult?

I've been a reader of new adult titles even before they were called 'new adult'.  And I love the age group it covers.  18-30 years old is such a great time in life, isn't it?  I mean, it's when you sow your wild oats, learn about yourself in the context of the whole world and not just your family and friends; it's where you figure out who you're going to be.  The adult-formative years I guess you could call it.  And the sex part is awesome too, I won't lie.  You can only get so sexy with a YA book, so as a writer, I have to hold back.  In NA, I don't have to do that.  It can be passionate, raw, sometimes awkward and full of bad decisions, but it can be REAL.  I guess that's what I love about NA most … it's raw and real.

You have a lot of novels in the urban fantasy genre.  What interested you in writing romances?

Romances were my first love.  Well … aside from Disney fairy tales.  But then again, those are all romances aren't they?  They've got misunderstood heroines - beaten down by others - who are looking for love and understanding, finally finding it in the hands of a guy on horseback.  I've read hundreds of romances in my time, from every publisher out there, including indie authors of course.  It doesn't matter how many I read, I always want more.  Since I love them as a reader, I really wanted to try my hand as a writer in the genre.  I have so many romance stories simmering in my brain right now, at this point, it's like therapy just getting them out of there.  I have 6 romances planned for the rest of the year and lots more for 2014.  I'm going to be very busy.  But I'm happy being busy because it's very important to me that I keep hunger readers fed.  I live to write for voracious readers. 

How do you write so many books in such a short period of time?

Short and sweet:  I have a system for getting the work done, and I'm a helluva fast typer.  More details: I have a ton of stories always waiting in my head to be told, and when I sit down at the computer, the words just kind of spill out.  My stories are very character-driven, meaning I don't make up the story.  I just find the characters wandering around in my head, put them in a situation, and let them run with it.  Now that I'm a full-time writer, I can dedicate more of my time to writing that I used to when I was also teaching at a university.  I treat writing as a business and try to be very disciplined about it.  After eighteen months of writing, I've published 20 novels, so I think my system is working.  :)
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Elle Casey is a full-time writer of New Adult and Young Adult titles in several genres, including romance, urban fantasy, sci-fi dystopian, and action-adventure. She's an American girl who's been living in southern France with her husband and three children since 2010. She loves chatting with her readers, so feel free to drop her a line.

[Cover Reveal]: Landlocked (Surface # 2) by Tiffany Daune

Author: Tiffany Daune 
Release Date: Summer 2013

Summer 2013

As if staying focused in trigonometry wasn't hard enough....Eerie visions are plaguing Theia's mind, driving her insane.  Someone or something is reaching out to her, dragging her into a dark underwater world. And, to add to her metal delirium, she has no control over her newly awakened Siren senses. She thinks she can hear her cat's thoughts, she wants to pummel Sarah Collins, and she's trying to keep it together so she doesn't lose her scholarship. She needs someone who understands—someone bound to the ocean water she craves—she needs Luc.  But contacting him is risky, and returning to the water a death sentence. She must find a way to harness her Siren senses even though the waves are calling to her. Denying her intended destiny may be the only way to stay alive.

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Tiffany Daune doesn't get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn't caught them, yet.

Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.

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