Sunday, June 17, 2012

The End.

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Teletubby bye-bye!
It has been so much fun blogging for this past year and a half, but I think it's time that I look forward into the next part of my life. Junior year is coming up, and we all know it's the worst year of high school. I will no longer have the time to spend on blogging or even reading much. Blogging takes a lot of dedication, and I'm not really up for doing more homework (aka writing reviews).


I'm not going to delete the blog because I've spent over a year and a half writing reviews and a million other posts, and I think they'll still be a good reference for you guys. :) And maybe for sympathetic reasons... So enjoy my posts! I loved writing them, and maybe when I'm freer in the future... Well, you never know. ;)


Thank you guys for following and supporting my blog. I hope to continue going to author signings and bookish events, because now that I've been introduced to them, I can't stop going! I still love reading and I'm pretty sure I will forever. And I will continue tweeting and such. I would love to tweet books with you. Or chat books. Thank you for being an awesome blogging community. You guys are the best! Live, laugh, love, and as always,


Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review: Tributary


Tributary

Standalone or Series: River of Time, 3.2
Other Books in the Series: Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent (published by David C. Cook)
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Historical Fiction
Features: Hot Italian Boys. Need I say more?
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: June 2012
Source: Author for review
*Note: The text featured in this post is from an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC). Changes may have been made in the final proof.
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This book was awesome and honestly, was I expecting anything else? This book is part of the River of Time aka one of my most favorite of 2011 series! It was good. Very good. My one complaint? It was too short! I can't get enough of these books, guys.

This book is told from Lia's point of view, which is different from the main three books of the series, but I'm not complaining. Gabi's story is pretty much over, but Lia's story is yet untold. Until Tributary. Lia + Luca = dreamy sigh. I love that guy. Heck, I love all the guys in Lisa's books. She's just so fantastic at creating them!

Tributary is teeming with adventure and romance. I'm so glad Rodolfo got his act together. He's a great guy, too. I was kind of pissed off at Alessandra at first, but I warmed up to her at the end. It was bittersweet there, guys. Made me sadface. :(

Thank you to Lisa T. Bergren for providing me with the opportunity to review her fantastic book (yet again). I can't wait to read more from this lady. She is quickly rising up to one of my all-time favorites!

Disclaimers: Per the FTC regulations, please note that iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does receive books for review for free by publishers or authors. For every book reviewed – whether sent by publisher, author or books purchased, it will be graded with a clean and open mind. A free book received will not influence any opinion of the contents of the book.
Spoilers may or may not have been present in this review. While iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books does review honestly, reviews are not specifically checked for spoilers. Attempts at avoiding spoilers are made, but not all are removed or fixed. This disclaimer is a general statement placed on all reviews as a warning to those who read them.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 5: The Future of Book Blogging

Oh... is it over already? Wow, that was quick. :( It's the last day of Armchair BEA, guys. SAD.

Okay so... the future of book blogging. What keeps this blog going is books. Duh. I mean, I love to look at new releases and find out what the hottest book trends are (assassins, anybody?) but sometimes I also feel like the older books are forgotten about, when they are just as good, if not better! Don't complain about cliche. Just read those old books that created that popular trend that would later on become overused.

As for tips for book bloggers, be friendly and polite and respectful. It's cool that we get to talk to authors and publicists, but they're still professionals while we're... not. We don't get paid for this, and we should be grateful for the opportunity and publicists give us to review books and be awesome!

I suppose that's all I have to give. Live, laugh, love, and as always...

Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 4: Beyond the Blog

I am a member of the small population of bloggers that are not librarians or authors or wish to become one. I just love to read! Another one of my passions is food. I don't want to be a chef in the future, either, but cooking and baking are two of my favorite hobbies!

When I'm sick, I spend hours lying in bed watching food videos on YouTube when I should be napping. I regret it later because of the headache, but it doesn't stop me from doing it again! I could watch Food Network all day. I love that channel.

Italian is a favorite of mine to make. We have Chinese food all the time (since I am Chinese...), which is why I try to avoid making it myself. Pasta and pizza are really fun to make from scratch, and I also really, really love desserts! Maybe a little too much. Baklava is delicious and not as challenging as it looks, guys. You should try it sometime. :)

And that concludes Day 4 of Armchair BEA. What is one of your hobbies, outside of blogging/reading my blog? ;)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 3: Networking... In Real Life?!

I am incredibly jealous of those bloggers that have the opportunity to partner with local indie bookstores. Unfortunately, I don't live close to any store. The best one is about an hour away, but I just don't have the time to be planning stuff like this with school work. Guys, school sucks.


One of my favorite blogger experiences in real life was ALA. It was sooo much fun, even though I was a little lonely. (Poor me, walking around by myself all day.) I didn't say hi to any bloggers I recognized because I was too shy and everybody was an adult and older than me! It's kind of intimidating. However, all the publicists and authors were so helpful and friendly and they gave books out like candy, which I was obviously was not complaining about.


I also really enjoy the annual Teen Book Con here in Houston. I've gone to two, and both times I have enjoyed the author panels and signings so much! I would love to have the opportunity to go to more of these things. I blogged all about Teen Book Con starting here.


So yeah. That is my Armchair BEA post for the day. :) What bookish events have you been to?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 2... Kind Of

Well, here I am, waking up on a Tuesday morning and realizing that I am very behind on my blogging. Summer just kind of gets to you sometimes. Meaning, I completely lost track of time, enjoyed my extended weekend, and pretty much forgot my blogging duties. Oopsies. Well, I'm doing Day 1 on Day 2... meaning I will be making introductions of myself!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
HI. I'm Lucia, and iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books was born in January 2011! It's been a year and a half now, and it's been really fun! I got into blogging because... honestly, I was bored and needed something to do. :D
Where do you see your blog in five years?
Hopefully still up and running! We all know most blogs only survive a few months. I'm lucky to have gotten this far!
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
J.K. Rowling! Because, who wouldn't?
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
Does a literary location mean a place in a book? NARNIA. Or Hogwarts. Or Middle Earth. Or Victorian England. OMG, I can't decide!
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
Just about everybody I've met is sooo nice and friendly. I wish there were more teen bloggers like me. I mean, aren't the books supposed to be targeted towards us? There should be more teen reviewers, not adult ones who will deem whether it is appropriate for their teen or not. If these authors wrote them for us, they should be given to us!

Well, that was fun. Thank you guys for reading my post, and I can't wait for the rest of the week!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Blog Tour: Insanity by Lauren Hammond

Welcome, welcome! Stopping by on the blog today is the blog tour for Insanity by Lauren Hammond (published May 8th)! Please welcome the author as she shares with us her dream dinner party, with twelve of her favorite people/characters!
Thank you so much for having me on the blog today!


For my top twelve people I’m going to start backwards from 12 to 1.


12. Shakespeare. I truly believe that he is what inspired some of the greatest literary works and I would love to pick his brain.


11. King Henry VIII. I have an obsession with the Tudor era. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve watched every season of The Tudors a million times, read books that are set in that time period, and watched every movie that takes place then too. Maybe it’s because I’m a history nut, I don’t know but…I would be interested in hearing about some of the things that happened then from one of the most notorious rulers of England.


10. Edgar Allen Poe. The Raven. Need I say more? Never more. Never more.


9. Mother Theresa. I wish there were more truly selfless, genuine, and good-hearted people in the world. Someday, I’d like to be able to help people the way she did.


8. Ludwig Von Beethoven. I would have him play Moonlight Sonata for the guests. It’s one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s so haunting, dark, and beautiful. I listened to it on repeat while I wrote A Whisper To A Scream.

7. Vincent Van Gogh. I actually saw Starry Night up close and personal at the MOMA. It was breathtaking. Stunning. Plus, I think he like me, was a hopeless romantic. Well, maybe in a crazy way. He did cut off his ear for a woman.


6. Eminem aka Marshall Mathers. Huge. HUGE Eminem fan. I pay close attention to the lyrics in his songs. They’re raw. They’re real. I think it takes guts to bear your soul to the world and I believe he does that.


5. Marilyn Monroe. The woman was and is still an icon. I have loved her since I was a kid. I’m currently in the process of re-decorating and I’m obsessed with old hollywood. I’m going to have an old hollywood room. My mom had a hand-drawn portrait of Marilyn made for me. It’s one of my most favorite possessions.


4 & 3. Both of my Grandfathers. John and George. George passed away recently and the amount of respect and love I have for him is bountiful. I actually discovered that when he was 17 he lied about his age to enlist in the army and fight in WWII. To me, that takes a tremendous amount of courage. My grandpa John, was also in the military during the Korean War, but he more than anything, is the one person who has always pushed me to keep writing. To never give up. I don’t think I could ever repay him, love him or respect him enough for that. I don’t think I can those things enough. This industry is hard to succeed in. It really is. You set yourself up to be judged. You set yourself up for harsh criticisms and sometimes it’s a lot to take. You work your but off on something then to see some things people say. I mean it cuts deep. Sometimes you think about throwing in the towel. But… if you have that one person who pushes you. That one person who believes in the greatness you’re capable of and tells you every chance you get, then to me it makes everything easier. I have that in my grandpa John and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to tell him or show him how much that means to me and how grateful I am to have him in my life.


2. My mom, Lori. I’m not sure if I’m the only girl who didn’t always see eye to eye with her mother, but I will say as I grew up my relationship with my mother blossomed into a beautiful one. My parents divorced when I was a teen and even during my rebellious years my mom never gave up on me. She’s a hardworker and I love, respect her, and am thankful for the morals and values she has instilled in me.


1.God. I am a religious person. I was raised with a strong faith and even went to Catholic school. If I got to have The Almighty Father over for a dinner party, well, that would be truly miraculous.
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Thanks for stopping by, Lauren! To find out more about Ms. Hammond and Insanity, check out:
Sometimes love...can drive you crazy.


Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't be more opposite.


Adelaide's mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.


Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.


Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.


And they had a plan.


They were going to run away.


Be together forever.


And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane.


Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure...
She wants out.


And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her memory that are missing.


And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...


That one true love never dies.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Trailer Thursday: Struck

Happy Thursday! Thursday is one of my favorite days because it means almost Friday! Today I'm sharing the trailer of a book that I want to read! (Whether it's already been published or not.)
StruckMia Price is a lightning addict. She's survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.


Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.


Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn't who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.
HOLY POOP YOU GUYS. That is seriously one of the most awesome, if not the most awesome, trailers I have ever seen!!!


So... what do you think of the trailer?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Trailer Thursday: Throne of Glass

Happy Thursday! Thursday is one of my favorite days because it means almost Friday! Today I'm sharing the trailer of a book that I want to read! (Whether it's already been published or not.)
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.


Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.


Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.


Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
What a gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb! I'm currently reading this book and already lovin' it, you guys.


So... what do you think of the trailer?

Masters of the Veil BookBlast Feature and Giveaway

Welcome to BookBlast, brought to you by your favorite authors and bloggers! Today's feature is Masters of the Veil by Daniel Cohen. Read on about this teen fantasy novel, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!
Life can't get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player. every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer. Sam is whisked off to Atlas Crown, a community of sorcerers who utilize the Veil as a part of everyday life. Once there, he trains beside a mute boy who speaks through music, an eternal sage who's the eyes and ears of the Veil, and a beautiful girl who's pretty sure Sam's an idiot. As it becomes clear Sam's meant for power magic-the most feared and misunderstood form of sorcery-people beyond Atlas Crown learn of his dangerous potential. An exiled group of power sorcerers are eager to recruit Sam, believing that he is destined to help them achieve their long-held goal. If they succeed, they could bring about the downfall of not only Atlas Crown. but all humankind.
Praise for Masters of the Veil:
"Move over Harry Potter, there's a new kid on the block and he's wicked cool." ~Michelle from Goodreads
"Oh. My. Gosh. I think I am an official fan-girl of the Veil trilogy, this book was brilliant." ~Julia on Goodreads
"A funny, imaginative, and delightful read!" ~Author Kate Kaynak
"Come along on a ride of a lifetime and learn some magic and meet some great friends." ~Tee from Goodreads
To learn more about Masters of the Veil and Daniel Cohen, stalk the author on:

Check out a previous interview I had with Daniel Cohen here!
Thanks to the author, we have an awesome $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. For bonus entries, be sure to Tweet about the giveaway and follow me on Twitter!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: C.W. Nash

Please give a warm welcome to C.W. Nash, author of the upcoming Custodiae series!
Thank you for inviting me to iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books! It is great to be able to speak to you. I am currently in Maryland working with my own business as a pet sitter in the day and a writer by night. I hope that all of my fans who have been with me from the beginning and the ones joining in the journey will like what comes out on May 11th. Thanks, guys! 
3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
In high school, I had two amazing teachers: Mrs. Hutton and Mrs. Simon (both English teachers). Being a high school guy, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. In my English classes, I enjoyed the authors who took the time to really get into their characters. I thought ‘I could do that.’ For an assignment, I wrote a short story called “London Fog” which focused on the protagonist and it was all psychological. I loved being able to manipulate characters into what I thought they should be. That’s the beauty of writing: You get to do what you want and it is okay.
3LB: Create a haiku about Hunter.
That’s a great question. Poetry is not my strongest but here is my best.
Standing on the edge
I see my self in the dark
Time to make a move
3LB: Do you have a book playlist? If so, how did these songs inspire your writing/book/ characters?
Yes. I live by music. I tended to listen to more of Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, and Foo Fighters when I write about Cole. The aggression in the music drives me but I like the emotion that it brings forth. Cole is not just a typical guy. He gets angry, yes, but he is also sensitive and worried about how others view him. With Leila, on the other hand, I tended to listen to U2, Paramore, and Adele. She is a strong woman but is just as worried as Cole. She is not in the teenager stage anymore so she was often inspired by music that represents those college years.
3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
Since Hunter is one of three novels, I am currently finishing the last novel. I want it to be on point and so I am taking my time with it. I wrote Hunter in 4 weeks which was insane. The last novel has taken longer but there is so much I have to get right. This is my debut novel and I am proud of it. It has the depth in characters that makes them realistic.
3LB: What do you like to read when you're not working on your own stuff?
Currently, I am reading “Unholy Night” by Seth Grahame-Smith. That guy is great! I am also reading “The Count of Monte Cristo”, again. I know, two books at one is crazy but I love them both. I have been reading a lot of YA fiction for a while. There are some really good stories out there. Really, anything with good plot I will read, old or new.
3LB: Time travel: Future or past? And where and when would you go to?
I would definitely travel to the past. Europe has been around for so long that I would probably go to somewhere like Great Britain. I would just want to go around London in a horse and buggy and see the sights. Life was simple. You could get on a train and go to Scotland in a day’s. I like the idea of traveling with ease and seeing things that don’t always get explored.
3LB: Favorite movie of all time?
“The Shawshank Redemption” by far. I could watch that movie over and over again. It is awesome. Right next to that would be “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars”. They have changed the way that the audience experiences stories and movies.
3LB: You’ve been selected to be on the realty show of your choice! Which show do you wish would make that offer? (If it’s one of the competition shows, do you think you’d win?)
My wife and I joke that we should go on The Amazing Race. Since she is afraid of doing things outside of her norm, our mantra would be “It is for a million dollars!” That could be sky diving, eating something gross, walking across an old bridge, or speaking to other people. We would be the couple that people would watch just to see her freak out at each task and me tell what its worth! We would so win because we would be friends with everyone.
3LB: If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?
Treat everyday as a gift. Don’t waste time or the opportunity that you have been given.
3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
  1. I changed my major purposefully in college so that I could travel to Japan. Absolutely loved it! That was years ago so my Japanese is rusty.
  2. I have lived in Alaska, Florida, Delaware, Maryland, the Dominican Republic and was almost born in Iran.
  3. I have trained in multiple forms of martial arts for over 15 years.
  4. I have eaten crocodile before. It was okay. It tasted like chicken to me.
  5. I would love to one day travel to New Zealand. It would be great to celebrate Christmas in 80 degree weather!
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Thank you, C.W.! For more information about Mr. Nash and his books, visit:

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Book Booty (37) and the Week in Review

Ahoy, me hearties! Book Booty is a weekly feature on iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books that showcases the bookish loot or "booty" that I have received throughout the week. Be sure to comment and leave a link below to share your treasure haul for the week!


We are SO CLOSE to summer!! But not there yet, which is why I've been a little slow with tweeting/blogging if you've noticed. This is a few weeks of booty put together. :) I hope you guys like my new feature name, hurhur. I don't want to get into all that The Story Siren drama, but I do not support plagiarism, and have thus separated myself from anything associated with that blog.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (won from giveaway)
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (for review)
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (purchased... reading and loving it already!)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (purchased... my sister is so jealous! Mwahahaha.)
Bitteblue by Kristin Cashore (purchased... well, this was for my sister.)
The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan (purchased... I LOVE this guy. And his books.)
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (purchased... CoFA fell a little flat for me. Hope this will redeem it!)
Dark CompanionShadowfell (Shadowfell Trilogy, #1)The Opposite of HallelujahFlirting in ItalianTouchedKissing Shakespeare
Netgalleys!

Thanks to Novel Novice, Harlequin Teen, Macmillan, Random House, and Netgalley!

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

(This is also a compilation of several weeks.)

I reviewed the recent release Purity by Jackson Pearce. It was okay for me, not as good as I had hoped.
Purity
I had the privilege of interviewing NYT-bestselling author Lauren Oliver. Yes, Lauren Oliver!! AKA the author of the super awesome Delirium and Pandemonium.
Lauren Oliver
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith is a high fantasy novel filled with witty narration, deadly court intrigue, fights-to-the-death, and a swooning romance. Want to know more? Check out my review!
Crown Duel (Crown & Court, #1)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe Summer My Life Began
Another awesome interview I had was with international authors Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro. Their novel, La Estrella (The Star in Spanish) has been published in multiple languages... except maybe English. Learn more about the authors and their quest to being published in English!
I found a sneak peek of The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan online. Boy, oh boy, I just can't wait for this book!! (Hint: There are also pictures of Logan Lerman... just sayin'.)
Author Graham Parke celebrates his newest release of Unspent Time with a Kindle giveaway. It is definitely worth checking out (the book and the giveaway!)!
And finally... Followers (you know, you guys...) this one is for you. In appreciation of your following me, I am hosting a pretty awesome giveaway (if I do say so myself). International followers, I've included you guys! <3

iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books
Upcoming Song of the Week:
SUMMER IS SO CLOSE AHHHHHH.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Unspent Time Launch Party and Giveaway

Congrats to author Graham Parke and his success with No Hope for Gomez! His newest novel Unspent Time is out! Read below for an excerpt and an awesome giveaway!

Unspent Time Launch Party

Get free books and win a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Touch



Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive and elevate
your random luck by about 9.332%*
(* These statements have not been evaluated by any person of consequence!)

From the award winning author of ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ comes a collection of impossible tales. Permeating the cracks between the past and the present is the realm of Unspent Time; time that was allotted but never spent. This is where we find the stories that could have been true.
Read how to enter below.
Excerpt
Kiala really didn’t want to open her front door. There were no signs that anything was lurking around out there, but she knew she couldn’t be alone. Not on a day like today. She’d thought about sneaking a peek through the blinds, checking the tree line that marked the edge of the village, but realized it wouldn’t do her any good. Sooner or later she’d have to step out. There was little point in making it more difficult for herself.She took the magic rod from its encasement by the door and tested it out. It was a heavily carved piece of petrified wood that had been handed down by the women of her family for generations. It had many splendid and remarkable properties but it was not, she knew for a fact, in any way magical. It could cast no spells, ward off no evil, and it enchanted exactly nothing. It wasn’t even magical in the way that sunsets and sunrises were said to be magical. It was just an odd looking branch that had beads and feathers and sharp bits stuck to it.
In any other situation, a girl wouldn’t be caught dead carrying around something so flamboyant and so obviously manufactured to look mysterious. As situations went, however, today’s really wasn’t like any other.No, sir.But the rod was surprisingly sturdy for its weight. It barely topped half a coin sack and that was the one thing Kiala appreciated about it. Her tiny frame wouldn’t carry a rod of similar proportions if it were made of actual wood. Not for long anyway. Not long enough to cut through the forest that separated the village from the edge of the world.
A deep breath, a hand on the door handle, then a quick, strong tug. Like ripping off a band-aid, she told herself.What she found outside was bad. Of course it was. It was as bad as she had expected, and then a little worse. But what should a girl expect on the day she’d been chosen to die?... continued in Unspent Time
How to enter:
For the launch of the new novel I decided to discount it to $0.99 for today (PC and eBook), give away some exclusive content, and raffle off two Kindles. All entrants will get:

  • An exclusive spin-off novelette (not available for purchase anywhere!)
  • Making of Gomez: behind the scenes eBook
  • Signature for their paperback or kindle edition
  • Chance to win a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Touch

(Prizes can be traded for Amazon gift certificates if you already own them.)
Just email your receipt to nohopeforgomez [@] gmail [.] com to enter.
Each purchase counts, so stock up on birthday presents (for people you don't like that much, for instance) The discount ends today, but be sure to send the receipts no later than June 1st.
(Or order the books from any bookstore.)
Coupon code for today: ZB77D


And then get by tweeting about your purchase: 



Sound bites from Unspent Time:


“I'm looking into my past lives. I'm convinced some of them still owe me money.”


“I'm very polite by nature, even the voices in my head let each other finish their sentences.”


“I didn’t actually want to do it,” Kiala told the boy. “The universe just kind of conspired to force me to make a fool of myself. It does that quite a lot, actually.”


“Sadly, my socks are like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.”


Here's what reviewers had to say:
"A veritable page turner of nonstop laughs!" -- Reader Views
"An unputdownable read. a Coens Brothers' film in book form." -- BookReview.com
“Extremely witty and clever writing.” -- California Chronicle
"A Party for your Brain!" -- Warren Baxter


Bio:
Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.

www.grahamparke.com
www.grahamparke.blogspot.com
GoodReads
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chapter One of Mark of Athena

Hot Hades, yes. I absolutely cannot wait for this book. For reals. And this hardly sated my thirst. GAH TOO EXCITED. *head explodes*
Here's the video:
And the transcribed version is HERE.

If you haven't read Rick Riordan's The Son of Neptune or, heck, the freaking Percy Jackson series, what in the name of flaming Greek warships are you waiting for?

My non-spoilery review of The Son of Neptune: It's basically more ranting about how awesome this series is. Check it out for yourself. (Scroll down!)
The Son of Neptune  (Heroes of Olympus, #2)

AND OH MY GOD(S). Set pictures from The Sea of Monsters movie!! (Does anybody want to tell me who that crazy-haired dude is? It's been a while since I've read the book, but seriously, who the heck is he?)

*After five minutes of research/stalking...* OH IT'S TYSON. YAY.

So yes. You are very welcome. *bows*

Happy reading!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Author Interview: Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro

Please give a warm welcome to international authors Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro. They hope to get their novel La Estrella published in English!
Hello to everyone! We are Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro, YA authors from Spain. We love to read, write, draw, film and all other creative things!


3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
Javi: I think our inspiration is the big mountain of books, movies and comic-books that we read and collect! We always read a lot of stories and one day we decided to create one, too.
Isabel: In my case (The Star is my first novel) Javi was my role model. I’m a huge fan of his work. Also what inspired me was the atmosphere of the world where the story occurs, I think we are very influenced by movies like Blade Runner or a lot of mangas and animes we read.
3LB: Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Javi: You must read The Star because is different, we tried to write an original novel.
Isabel: It is a beautiful book with drama, action and romance, set in a steampunk world.
3LB: Are any of your characters or scenes based on people/events in your own life?
Javi: I don’t remember if in The Star I put a definite personal experience, but in my other books a lot of characters are based on me and my friends.
Isabel: Yes, I think that in characters an essence of someone always exists. Sometimes the protagonist seems like somebody you know and others inspire details in the book. For example, I was inspired by a friend for the little tattoo of the Kidnapper (this is an important detail of the story) but in other cases, like action scenes or all the survivor stuff, it’s all fantasy… we don’t know anybody who has suffered all these dangerous situations!
3LB: Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Javi: At the beginning, I thought my job was not important because… well, I’m just trying to entertain, but later I met awesome people who thanked me for my books. Some of those readers told me about how I made a small impact on their lives and I finally understood that my job can really be important. This is a pretty good feeling for me, to know I’m making other people a little happier.
Isabel: It's very exciting seeing my book published at last! It is a rewarding experience when the first readers tell you what they've felt reading your work. At that point, the story you've created takes life and exists outside of your mind.
3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
Javi: I have published five books now. The first is a fantasy trilogy called Komori's World about a teenage witch with very odd friends (a pumpkin-head boy, a foxkid and a guy who can dismantle his limbs) and one game-book for kids called Underground Mysteries. I’m always working on a lot of projects at the same time, but, when talking only about literature, I can mention two novels: one in solitary, called La Letter Rogue (The Red Letter), a very personal story, and another with Isabel whose title is top secret! I’m sure you will enjoy a lot.
Isabel: This secret novel has a steampunk touch. It will also be a story with a special atmosphere (we love to create entire worlds) and the characters will have to fight against many difficulties… of all types. This book has a lot of action and romance. We are writing it now and we hope to finish in a couple of months.
3LB: What three people/characters would you love to meet? (They can be fictional, dead, or real and very much alive!)
Javi: This is a hard question for me. Maybe Akira Toriyama (my favorite manga creator, I've loved his works since when I was a child… ok, and now, too!), Steven Spielberg and someone from the future!
Isabel: Only three? Tutankhamen, Michael Jackson and Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli.
3LB: You get three wishes, what are they?
Javi: Three in one: eternal youth with health (I want to do many things but do not have the time for all of them)
Isabel: Eternity, to live in a green and perfect planet, and to travel around the galaxies.
3LB: Favorite...
Javi:
     Color: #ff4f01 or orange
     Food: Katsudon
     TV Show: I’m a TV series freak! 24, Entourage, Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory
     Ice cream flavor: Lemon sorbet with melon. Yummy!
     Place to travel to: Japan

Isabel:  
     Color: Purple
     Food: Maki sushi
     TV Show: Series like Game of Thrones, cartoons etc. I especially have fun with Sponge Bob!
     Ice cream flavor: Chocolate
     Place to travel to: Japan and Switzerland
3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourselves.
Javi:
  1. I can’t do only one thing. I love to write, draw, design, film and, at this moment, I’m learning to play the piano.
  2. I’m a huge fan of cinema… well, and comic-books, manga, anime etc.
  3. I enjoy cooking (and make weird experiments with food).
  4. I am very clumsy.
  5. I don't like my smile but I love to smile.
Isabel:
  1. I’m fascinated by trees and nature.
  2. I would like to learn something new every day.
  3. I wish I had a time machine to take the time to learn something new every day.
  4. I am a huge fan of Japan and its culture.
  5. I think I’m addicted to fantasy, whether in art, books, movies or in real life!
3LB: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
We would love to publish The Star into English for an audience like you. Using this link you can request it in your language: http://www.bookthestar.com/request.html. Thank you for your interest and all the support!
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Thank you, Javi and Isabel! For more information about Mr. Araguz and Ms. Hierro and their books, visit:
The boy’s eyes glittered so strongly, presaging an imminent rupture of The Quietude. Lan was
perfectly aware of the prohibition of touching a Star Walker, but right now there was no
turning back as their fates had inevitably been sealed off.



Centuries ago a catastrophe turned Linde into a hostile place; since then, the survivors have
learned to live in isolation within the boundaries of the Safe Limits. But, the planet is
constantly subjected to a change in shape and people are lost, never return. After a violent
planetary transformation, Lan, a courageous girl from Salvia clan, wakes up in the middle of
the desert, only to be rescued by her worst enemy.


A young man marked by a curse.
A village hiding the biggest secret ever to be kept.
A love as dangerous as it is impossible.
A world whose surface is forever undergoing changes… when getting lost is the equivalent of death.

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