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Lovely and Lethal Blog Tour: Elegantly Wasted

24 Jun

Elegantly Wasted Book Cover

Elegantly Wasted book blurb:

On the eve of her high school graduation, proper socialite Francesca “Frankie” Fairholm rebelled against her elitist and controlling family to pursue the dark lifestyle of a contract killer for the enigmatic Osiris Corporation. Years later, with her training complete, she believes she’s doomed to the life of a sociopathic lone gun until a botched hit brings two unlikely allies, her cousins Addison and Katharine.

Using Katharine’s etiquette school, Elegance, Inc., as a front, the trio weave through Frankie’s dark underworld, carrying out contracts, drinking too much wine, and trying not to get each other killed.

Trouble follows the team home when the death of the cruel Fairholm matriarch reveals more than they ever wanted to know about their family. As the funeral preparations play out, the trio begin to realize there is much more to their employer than meets the eye and their family connections run deeper than they ever imagined.

Favorite Quote from the book

“You know those long awkward silences that you get  when talking with people for the first time? I love those. Most people hate them, but to me they were like welcomed sighs of relief. Above that, I think I loved how awkward it made people feel. I’d sit there and smile, watching their eyes shift while their idiot brains searched for something to say.”

I chose this quote because it’s so Frankie. She’s snarky, she’s got this hilarious personality, and she’s the black sheep that you can’t help root for. This novel was like a breath of fresh air because I really couldn’t compare it to any other new adult read out there. I love the story line, I love the concept, and I absolutely love Frankie and her sarcastic personality. C. Elizabeth Vescio writes real characters and such an engaging, action packed story you can’t put down!

About C. Elizabeth Vescio:

Jack of all trades and stereotypical black sheep, Cara has been writing somewhat dark and morbid since that teen angst hit c_vescio_pic_smallsomewhere in the early 90’s- probably because her dad was a mortician. After pursuing a degree in English, she changed gears to photography and design in 2006… although she kept penning stories for fun while reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway (whom she adores even though he was a huge douche canoe). In 2009, her life shifted considerably and she found herself writing Elegantly Wasted- helping her sort out a bunch of stupid feelings and other lame stuff.

She enjoys cynical debates, cupcakes, making her mother-in-law sew her aprons that she never wears, zombies, the Fifth Element and Tomb Raider. She gathers her life inspirations from Neil Gaiman, Julia Child and Paul Simon. When she isn’t out photographing her next project, she’s studying color, concept and design or writing stuff down in hopes it makes sense one day… or she’s on Pinterest.

Cara lives in Las Vegas with her husband, John and their three genetically altered dogs all of which have personal vendettas for the guy who cleans the pool.

Elegantly Wasted on Goodreads

Elegantly Wasted on Amazon

Elegantly Wasted on Barnes and Noble

 

Unmasking Ella: Meet Ella

18 Mar

I’m so excited to reveal Ella Taylor, the main character and modern day Cinderella in my new novella Unmasking Ella. My co-author Krista Newport posted something on her blog about Ella earlier this month. Thankfully, Ella agreed to stop by my blog too so that we could find out a little bit more about the girl in in the mask!

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Secret Cinderella

Q & A with Ella

What’s your favorite color?

Tiffany’s blue

Favorite person in the world?

I would be my BFF Fiona, for sure. She’s amazing and loyal.

If you were a super hero, what would your secret power be?

I’d have to say the ability to read minds. There are so many things I wish I could hear.

Who is your secret crush?

If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret now would it?

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Oh! Don’t forget to add it Unmasking Ella to Goodreads!

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Thanks for stopping by to learn about Ella! If you have any questions for her, leave them in the comments below and I’ll make sure I ask her for you. :p

jolie5

Cover Reveal: Stripped by Brooklyn Skye

15 Mar

Cover Reveal: Stripped by Brooklyn Skye

Stripped by Brooklyn Skye

Release Date: 5/14/2013

Cover design by: Lisa Poff Photography

Cover reveal organized by: YA Bound

Stripped by Brooklyn Skye

Summary from Goodreads:

“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot.

“Don’t…waste those words on me.”

He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.” 

“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”

College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.

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About the Author:

Brooklyn Skye is an author, editorial intern, and just your average awkward girl (especially on the phone!). Her new adult debut, STRIPPED, releases May 2013!

Follow Brooklyn at:

Website * Twitter * Goodreads

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Click HERE to sign up to participate in the blog tour for Stripped.

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Easy Teaser

11 Feb

Easy by Tammara Webber

It’s been a while since I posted last and yes, I’m still suffering from the book hangover that is “Easy” by Tammara Webber.

What is a book hangover? It’s where the last book you’ve read is so good, that it has stuck with you overshadowing any and all books you may be trying to read instead. Thanks a lot Tammara!

So I decided to post a teaser today. I grabbed the book and flipped it open to a random page, and I’ll be sharing two sentences with you so that you’re enticed to read “Easy”. (In case my other posts haven’t convinced you yet.)

He leaned up on his elbow, closing the distance between us, pushing his hand into my hair and moving it to cup my face. “I did have one other concealed motive for bringing you here.”
-“Easy” by Tammara Webber, page 136.

Swoon. And to make matters worse, all my Harriet the Spy skills still have not uncovered the models on the cover of this book. Do they realize (namely the male), how many fans they have?

Have an amazing day,

jolie5

Easy- Why I’m In Love With Lucas

21 Jan

I love Lucas!

So recently I bought myself Easy by Tammara Webber. I’d been hearing a lot of great things about it, so I figured “what the hey” I might as well.

Let me tell you, I loved Easy.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the protagonist Jackie because she’s smart, strong, and a good person. Sure she falls head over heels for some rich douche bag and then loses her shit when he breaks up with her, but hey, she’s human and flawed. We all are. But Jackie doesn’t make this book. Not even a little.

Easy by Tammara WebberEvery single reason I love this book revolves around Lucas.

1. He’s this hottie with tattoos and a lip piercing. I’m a big tattoo and piercing girl, so right off the bat, I wanted to like him. Plus, who doesn’t love a bad boy once in a while?

2. He’s an artist. Who doesn’t want to date a guy whose idea of a nice night together is for him to admire you, appreciate your body and your curves, and sketch you? And then make out with you afterwards in your dorm room. Hehe.

3. Lucas is smart! Despite his rough past and hardships, he overcame obstacles and is trying to better himself through education. He’s also employed. Independent man, everyone! A man with brains is pretty hard to resist (I sound like a zombie, don’t I?).

4. He’s an advocate for women and their safety. He volunteers on the weekends to teach women self defense. Wha? I Can’t… Where are the men like this in the real world?! I can’t name a single man I know that volunteers to have his junk kicked on the weekend so that women can feel more empowered.

5. He drives a motorcycle. Everyone knows that driving some type of motorcycle or muscle car is the classic hot guy sign. So even if you didn’t buy it before with his tats and his brains, he drives a motorcycle. So swoon dammit!

Easy by Tammara Webber6. He sees you to your door. In this world, Lucas isn’t the type of guy that pulls into your driveway and honks the horn, telling you that you need to run outside to meet him right away because his ass is too lazy to bring flowers and himself all the way to your door. No. Lucas will come all the way inside. If you don’t necessarily want him to, he’ll watch you walk to your dorms before driving off on his hot man motorcycle just to make sure you’re safe.

7. He wants to take his time with you. Several times here Lucas has an opportunity to, ahem,  go all the way if you know what I mean, and instead opts to stop so that there’s something to look forward to in the future. He doesn’t want to move too fast. He’s not afraid to have you stop him. He may want it but he’s more concerned about you and how comfortable you’re feeling.

8. He’s not afraid to throw down and bust open his knuckles. I don’t know if it’s just the Medieval Literature lover in me, but there’s just something SO hot about a man who is willing to throw down over his woman’s honor or to enforce what’s right. Lucas is not. And he wont even cry about his bused knuckles later. He’ll just tape them up and go to work.

9. He’ll confess that loving you is incredibly easy.

Read this book right now dammit, but don’t you dare fall in love with Lucas. I’ve already called dibs.

jolie5

P.s. If you can figure out who the male model is on the book cover, I will give you a prize. 🙂

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Off the bookshelf: Easy by Tammara Webber

9 Jan

Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara WebberI was at Barnes and Noble and I saw Easy sitting there. Calling my name. I hadn’t read anything from Tammara Webber before.

According to Goodreads it’s a New Adult novel. After reading the blurb about it, I decided it sounded interesting and the guy on the cover is hot AND has tattoos… So naturally I bought it.

Here is the description:

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

We’ll see how this goes!

Have you guys read this book?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

jolie5

New Adult Genre

8 Jan

New Adult Genre

The genre of New Adult seemed to emerge out of nowhere in 2012. I started to hear it more often. Then, I was reading a multitude of debates on blogs over whether or not it was a stupid. People were saying that “New Adult” is “Adult”, so why call the genre “New Adult”? I heard people argue that if it’s for “New Adult”, it should be kept with “Young Adult”. Some people thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Me? I love it.

Here, in my early twenties, I find myself loving YA still. So many of the Adult books I read, have romantic affairs between people 30 or 40 years old. That’s fine, but I can’t always relate to a wealthy lawyer or a lusting soccer mom. I’m still in school. I’m still finding myself. My parents still give me presents from Santa. During holiday parties, I prefer to sit with the teenagers.

This is why New Adult is so perfect. Because it’s me. I am a new adult. I’m still grappling with issues from my teenage years. It’s all still relevant. But I also feel like I’m ready to handle the more serious and edgy issues that aren’t always present in YA novels, or that are more censored because of the age group.

Also, I found this great article on the topic at Jezebel. Read it here.

This is why I officially dub 2013, the year of New Adult. I’m writing my first NA novel, tentatively titled Erased. More on that soon…

What do you think of New Adult novels? How do you feel about creating a new genre?

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