Interview with Tessa Bailey

I have an interview with Tessa Bailey today, and let me tell you, she is one of my favorite authors ever! I adore her Line of Duty series, as well as her first new adult, Unfixable, which released this month. Be sure to check out my review of Unfixable.

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About the Author: Tessa Bailey is the author of the Line of Duty series, Unfixable, and several upcoming books as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband. Her current place of residence serves as inspiration for her writing, such as why the Line of Duty series is set there. Website | Twitter | Facebook

Which of your heroines in your book would you say you relate most closely to? I always have to find a way to relate to each of my heroines on some level. If I can’t relate to them, or if I wouldn’t be their good friend in real life, I find it difficult to root for their happily ever after. I definitely relate to Willa (from Unfixable) quite a bit. She’s a little lost, but there are a handful of things in her life that are unshakably important, such as her relationship with her sister. Loyalty. Not giving away the upper hand. Those are things I can respect and relate to. I definitely can relate to the wall she has built and being discriminating about who breaches that wall. A lot of people probably can. As you go through life, that wall can get higher and harder to climb if you’re not careful.

Clearly you know Ireland – what is one of your favorite places there? My brother in law lives in a small town in Tipperary called Nenagh. When we go to visit him and his family, we walk up the street to this pub named Hickey’s. The owner lives upstairs and the place basically feels like his living room. They have story night where people come in and take turns talking, sometimes singing. That’s definitely one of my favorite places to go when we visit.

That sounds awesome! Willa has her photography – what are some of your hobbies for when you aren’t writing? Writing used to be considered a hobby for me. Now when I get free time, I’m usually taking the train into Manhattan to see my friends. Is brunch a hobby? Apart from that, I try and get to a concert every couple months. I always come out of a good concert feeling new, the ideas are flowing, maybe because I’ve allowed myself to disconnect for a few hours. I’m also a pool player, although I don’t get to play as often now. My husband and I used to play in leagues and even traveled to Vegas for tournaments, but my hustlin’ days are mostly behind me ;)

This says a lot about a person; what is your karaoke song of choice? Oh man. I used to be so ambitious with my karaoke song choice. I’d try and sing Janis Joplin or Gladys Knight.  Now, I have one song that I do well, and I stick with it. “These Boots are Made for Walking” by Nancy Sinatra. I kill it.

What can we expect next from you? On June 9th, I have a Brazen releasing. It’s one book in a continuity involving three other authors (with a prequel by Laura Kaye). It takes place at the wedding of the year at a resort in Colorado. My hero, Reed, is a SWAT team commander and he sets his sights on the blonde sunshiney people pleaser. It’s a scorcher. In the fall, I’m releasing some *light* BDSM books, and in January I’m spinning off the Line of Duty series with an anti-hero series. It starts off with Bowen’s book – you might remember him from His Risk to Take. He’s my favorite hero. Ever.


 

Thanks for stopping by Tessa. I know I am more than a bit excited for all your upcoming releases! (Oh, who are we kidding? MORE than excited).

Unfixable by Tessa Bailey book coverAbout UNFIXABLE:

A new adult novel from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

He’s the last thing she wants…but the only thing she needs.

Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup,she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.

Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.

But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?

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Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe Book Review

Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe book coverMarked by Hades by Reese Monroe
Bound By Hades #2
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Pages: 380
Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N

Rating: 4 stars

A new adult novel from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

One choice away from eternity…

For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity.

Marked by Hades was definitely an interesting concept. It was so unique from other paranormals out there, offering new ideas and an enticing plot. Plus, there is some HOT moments between Justin and Yvonne.

I loved the twist on the typical demons in Marked by Hades. There were so many great moments throughout this one, and many excellent plot points.

I didn’t realize it was a sequel, and had I known, I would have read book 1 first. The concept of the Gatekeepers, Companions, and Mates was so intriguing, but I had a bit trouble grasping WHAT they actually were. They have abilities, but what they were wasn’t really spelled out which would have helped ground me within the world. A lot of the magic behind them just wasn’t explained, and I would have liked to know more.

This one is labeled and marketed as a new adult novel, but besides the ages of the character, nothing about this one read as New Adult to me. Don’t get me wrong, I totally enjoyed it, but it definitely read adult in every way to me.

This was an overall strong read from Reese Monroe – I loved the diversity this one had as a paranormal. There was so many great traits that stuck out from the stream of paranormal that is out, and I’m excited to not only see how Yvonne and Justin’s story continues to play out, but go back and read Theo and Sadie’s beginning.

 

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa Book Review + Giveaway

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa book coverThe Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Blood of Eden #3
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Pages: 416
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Rating: 5 stars

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER.

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the path is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal.

The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost— the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

I sat here for the longest time trying to sum up my feelings for this book upon finishing. This trilogy is easily one of my favorites, as you can tell the words just flow from Julie Kagawa and something rings so true about it. Everything I wanted for an ending was in The Forever Song.

The Forever Song starts with a bang, and doesn’t let up til the end! It was brilliant. Every moment.  The plot remains so unique and I was on the edge of my seat, antsy to see how things would end.

This book broke me. Utterly broke me. I cried lots of tears and it was totally an emotional read for me. The great thing is that the heart breaking moments are balanced with typical Julie Kagawa humor throughout the book and a whole lot of action.  I smiled, laughed, and cried throughout this one, experiencing the full spectrum of emotions.

Really I don’t have that much more to say than read this series. It is brilliant, with each installment stronger than the last. I have loved watching Julie’s growth as a writer from her first book til now, and I can happily say she is one of my favorite authors.

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Haven’t started the Blood of Eden series yet? Catch up on what you’ve missed!
book cover for the immortal rules by julie kagawaAbout book 1, THE IMMORTAL RULES (Goodreads | Amazon):

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city.

By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa book coverAbout book 2, THE ETERNITY CURE (Goodreads | Amazon):

How do you face the end of eternity?

In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood.

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence.


julie (2)About the Author:

Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.

Find her on the Web: Website |  Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


GIVEAWAY: Each tour stop is offering up the winner’s choice of either THE IMMORTAL RULES, THE ETERNITY CURE or THE FOREVER SONG – whichever book of the series you might be missing!
There are also 2 grand prizes:
• 1 winner will get a complete set of Julie Kagawa’s books, including The Iron Fey Saga and The Blood of Eden Saga!
• 1 winner will get a $100 gift card from either iTunes, Amazon or Barnes & Noble!
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Monday, April 7th - Harlequin Paranormal Romance Blog
Tuesday, April 8th - fiktshun
Wednesday, April 9th - The Page Turners
Thursday, April 10th - Books and Things
Friday, April 11th - Ticket To Anywhere
Monday, April 14th - Two Chicks on Books
Tuesday, April 15th - Parajunkee
Wednesday, April 16th - Refracted Light Reviews
Thursday, April 17th - Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, April 18th - Mundie Moms
Monday, April 21st - A Book Obsession
Tuesday, April 22nd - The Book Cellar
Wednesday, April 23rd - Supernatural Snark
Thursday, April 24th - The Busy Bibliophile
Friday, April 25th  - Tyngas Reviews

Spotlight + Giveaway: East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye

We are so excited it’s release day for Laura Kaye’s EAST OF ECSTASY! EAST OF ECSTASY by Laura Kaye is the final book in her Hearts of the Anemoi Series. See below for a note from Laura and an excerpt!!

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East of Ecstasy Excerpt:

By Laura Kaye

You guys! I can’t believe release day for East of Ecstasy is finally here! This is the final book in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, which includes: North of Need, West of Want, and South of Surrender. The Anemoi were wind gods the Greek associated with controlling the wind, weather, and seasons. In East of Ecstasy, hero Devlin Eston is the heir to the East Wind which has long been associated with unluckiness, misfortune, and, thanks to Devlin’s father, even evil. Devlin himself has been the victim of father’s evil, and thereby finds himself an outcast among his own divine family. In this scene, heroine Annalise Fallston—who gets visions that she’s forced to paint in order to quiet them in her mind—sees Devlin for the first time. Here’s what she says:

Forcing the chaos in her mind away, Anna dipped her brush into the gray and stepped to the canvas. Motion captured her attention from the corner of her eye.

The Dark Man, the subject of her recent paintings, stood in the doorway and leaned against the jamb.

Anna jumped and her pulse raced, but this time, anger flooded in instead of fear. “I will deal with you on my own damn terms,” she said, taking a perverse amount of pleasure from putting a figment of her imagination in its place. Because that’s all he was.

He didn’t move or speak. Not that he could, since, you know. Figment.Of.Imagination.

Anna rolled her eyes, done with being scared and so pissed to have to do this again that she was nearly out of her mind. “I’m doing your damn painting already. So just leave me alone.” She cut her gaze back to the expanse of white, but the desire to see if his image would still be there if she looked again drove her to distraction.

Finally, she gave in and…he was still there.

Completely still.Blatantly scowling.Totally unfathomable.

Was this a vision? Another image she’d have to paint?

Her heart tripped into a sprint, and she couldn’t look away from him. Like the compulsion that forced her to paint these images, Anna couldn’t help but return his stare and memorize his masculine features. The sharp angles of his face, the harsh set of his mouth, the dark shadows around his even darker eyes.Black eyes. Blades of black hair hung low over his forehead and just touched the hooded shirt he wore under his short, scuffed leather jacket. He’d crossed his arms over his chest, and the position caused his biceps to bunch up under the worn leather. In fact, everything about him appeared worn—the coat, the threadbare jeans, the scuffed boots. None of it struck her as the kind of shabby chic you could buy in some upscale store for a small fortune, either. The whole effect was rough. Dangerous.Deprived.

Deprived? What a strange way of describing him. But as Anna’s gaze swept over him again, the thought stuck. For his height, he seemed thin, with his lean hips, clad in old black jeans, a trim waist, and pronounced cheekbones. Her fingers twitched around the nearly forgotten paintbrush. What would it feel like to cup that harsh face in her hand?

Anna gasped and tore her gaze away. She had to blink to pull herself out of the haze of thoughts. Frustration surged through her and tensed the muscles of her shoulders and neck. She didn’t want to be working on another of these paintings as it was, so the last thing she needed was to lose a bunch of time daydreaming. Or would it be daynightmaring?

As she stared at the blank canvas, the image of the shackled man behind the prison bars filled her mind’s eye.

Definitely the latter.

Curiosity pulled her eyes to the left again. The doorway was empty.

 

So, did you have a favorite line from the excerpt? Thanks for reading!

Laura

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About EAST OF ECSTASY:

The final chapter in the award-winning and bestselling Hearts of the Anemoi series…

She’s the only one who can give him the strength to save them all…

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

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Anemoi Box Set

Catch up on the whole series with the Hearts of the Anemoi box set featuring the first three books: North of Need, West of Want, South of Surrender!

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Laura-Kaye-croppedAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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