Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen

Life Unaware 
by Cole Gibsen 
Release Date: 04/28/15 
Publisher: Entangled Teen 
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Regan Flay has been talking about you. 

Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother's "plan" for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she's ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school. 

Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah. 

The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend's hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan's going through, but whatnobody knows is that Regan isn't really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she's barely holding it together under her mom's pressure. But the consequences of Regan's fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched... 

Especially Regan Flay.

1) In the book, Regan’s—the main character’s—mother is a United States Senator. In real life my uncle is a United States Congressman. I grew up attending political functions, press releases, and campaign events. While my Uncle is nothing like Regan’s mom, I was able to use my own personal experience with politics to develop her character.

2) Regan suffers from anxiety and debilitating panic attacks. So do I. Each panic attack Regan suffers is a detailed description of my own, which is why writing those scenes was so difficult for me.

3) My biological dad took off when I was a toddler. My stepdad was verbally and emotionally abusive. Because of this I had a hard time writing “good” dads because I had no idea how they behaved. It wasn’t until I got married and had a child of my own that I was able to see my husband interact with our daughter, showing me for the first time in my life what a “good” dad looks like. Life Unaware was my first attempt at writing a “good” dad.

4) In the book Regan has an ex-racehorse. That horse is a tribute to my own ex-racehorse Dancer O’ Day that I owned for several years until my stepdad got rid of him while I was at work. I came home just in time to see the horse trailer pulling away. One of my life goals is to find out where he went and if his last years were happy.

5) I drew on my own experiences with bullying when I wrote Life Unaware. When I was a freshman, my family moved and I had to start a new school mid semester. Some cheerleader got mad because she thought her boyfriend was flirting with me. I can’t remember, but I think he’d only asked me for a pencil. Still, that was all it took to start nearly two years of torture.

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Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.

It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

Release Day Blitz: Darkest Reaches (Spiritual Discord, #3) by Brandy Nacole

Welcome to the DARKEST REACHES release event!

Darkest Reaches (Spiritual Discord, #3)
Release Date: April 30th, 2015
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Kayson and the other fallen angels have risked their lives to keep Sabrina safe as she recovered from a Hell hound’s bite. Just when she began to improve, Hell was unleashed as the hounds attacked, and kidnapped Sabrina. 

Now, only days after the fight between the fallen and the hounds, Kayson is determined to find Sabrina and bring her back from Hell. The only thing standing in his way is a dangerous fallen angel named Iraja. Iraja has the means to find Sabrina, but he doesn’t do favors without a price. 

Sabrina is now facing the nightmare she’s been running from since being turned into a vampire a century ago: her eternal condemnation to Hell. Knowing her only chance of survival may rest by playing nice and turning Hell hound Falon against Lucifer, Sabrina gives into the bitter darkness and now has to fight to remember the good soul she truly is. But when she discovers the role her and the innocent human Emma are forced to play, will her fear get the better of her, and will she be lost forever? 

In the third installment of the Spiritual Discord series, the will to survive is tested, worst fears become a reality, and for one, betrayal becomes the only option.

Brandy Nacole resides in Arkansas where her imagination runs wild. Her obsession is reading but her passion is writing. She put her dream of becoming a writer on the back burner and went to college to become a psychologist. Three years after endless classes in a field she only felt half satisfied with, Brandy picked up her pen once again and wrote the outline to Uniquely Unwelcome. She finished out her degree in psychology, but traded her dream of writing for the degree and put psychology on the back burner. 

Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending time with her family and friends, throwing around crazy ideas, teaching , and singing like a rock star at a concert for no one else but herself. She loves plants, but unfortunately is a killer of anything that requires water but can’t voice (scream) their needs. 

Blitz Giveaway (INT):

Win (1) of (3) Spiritual Discord series swag bag, a $10 Amazon GC, and a ecopy of Broken Faith

Release Day Launch: Savor (The Empire Chronicles #4) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy's SAVOR! SAVOR is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and the fourth book in The Empire Chronicles Series. Grab your copy today!

Savor (The Empire Chronicles #4)
by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: April 30th 2015
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Jared is Vera's perfect man—until he opens his mouth. An incredible body and set of wings can only go so far when everything he says seems designed to make her mad. Still, she can't deny her intense attraction or the fact that he is the closest thing she has to a friend.

Jared doesn't go for bear shifters, especially ones that are related to his ex, but he can't resist Vera's charm or the way she understands him better than anyone else. 

As suspicions build and loyalties are tested, Vera and Jared realize that they may not be able to trust anyone but each other.


Savor (The Empire Chronicles #4)
Alyssa Rose Ivy
“I’m glad you don’t want me dead.” He smirked. Even his smirk was sexy. 
“I’d be on my own if you were.” I put my hands behind my head. 
“And you don’t like being alone?” He studied me in the darkness. Sometimes I wished neither of us had night vision. It left you so naked, never having an opportunity to hide. 
“I do most of the time.”
“But not always?” His eyes raked over my body. The fact that he could make such a platonic conversation feel sexual gave me even more reason to resist him. 
“Why does it matter?” Often the best way to avoid a question is to ask your own. 
“It matters because I asked it.” And there went his mouth again.
My annoyance gave me back my will power. “Put a shirt on.”
“Why?” He grinned. “Am I distracting you?”
“No, but we should go. The sun will be up soon enough.”
“Maybe I shouldn’t go with you.” He sat up, swinging his legs off the side of the bed. 
“No way.” I moved to standing. “You’re not backing out.”
“Why do you care?” He stood with his back to me. “You can do this alone.”
“Of course I can.”
He turned to me. “Then why does it matter if I go my own way?” He pulled on his t-shirt, and a little part of me missed the view. 
“Because we agreed to help each other out. I stick to my promises.” That was one of my good traits. The not so good traits weren’t worth reflecting on. 
“Maybe I don’t.”
“You do.” I put a hand on my hip. I didn’t have time for Jared’s games. 
“How do you know?”
“I just do.”
“You’re infuriating.”
I groaned. “And what are you?”
If I’d had liquid in my mouth I would have spit it out. “Not exactly the word I’d use to describe you.”
“Says the girl begging me to stay with her.”
“I never begged.” I crossed my arms over my chest. 
“Would you beg?” His grin was his undoing. 
“Is that how you like it, Jared? With your women begging?”
“I wasn’t talking about how I like my women.”
“Are you sure about that?” I grabbed my backpack and headed into the cabin’s small bathroom. 
“Where are you going?”
I paused with my hand on the door. “To shower.”

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.