If at first you don't succeed, kill your opponent. - Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

While we wait for our copies of Lifeblood to arrive in the mail, we wanted to remind you about the awesomeness that is Firstlife! But don't take our word for it (or the 2,000 five star reviews on Goodreads), see what our friends thought of it below! There's also a Goodreads Giveaway that ends tomorrow. Get caught up on Firstlife and check out Lifeblood, out now!

Krysti's 4 ⭐️ Review at YAandWine.com

 Kelly's 4 ⭐️ Review at Bookcrush.in

by Gena Showalter
Published: February 28th 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences. 

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right? 

But Ten's competition is Killian, the boy she can't forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she's never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

10 Movies, Books, and TV Shows to Pair with Of the Trees - Guest Post with E.M. Fitch

In the YA world, we like to connect. We like to connect with each other and with books and we like to connect our books to each other...And to TV shows, movies, and other media. So we thought we would ask E.M. Fitch, author of Of the Trees, to come and connect her new book to a few movies, TV shows, and books with similar themes!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is a must include. Holly Black goes back to her fairy origins in this novel, and that’s why it’s a perfect fit for Of The Trees! I relied on fairy lore, laws, and legends to write my story. The Fae in Of The Trees are subtle beings. You won’t even find that word used throughout the novel; but that’s what they are. They are the creatures of the forest, the old beings who live unnaturally long lifetimes, forever, in fact! Well, not forever, they can be killed. Though you won’t find out how until the sequel.

Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland by W.B. Yeats was my go-to for fairy lore and research. I found so much to love in these old stories and poems. I was particularly drawn to the poem The Stolen Child. Yeats’ fairy folk can be a bit more whimsical than the creatures who stalk Cassie in Of The Trees, however it’s that air of mischief, that devil-may-care attitude that lumps them together. Like Yeats’ mischievous fairies, the men who taunt and hiss from the trees are bent on one thing: they want what they want, and they’ll do whatever they please to get it.

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. I include this book for several reasons. One, it’s amazing. Two, there’s an uneasiness in this book in which you’re not quite sure what is happening. But mostly, I included this book because of the fantastic creeping of the trees. The trees whisper, hiss, taunt, and move ever closer. There is a similar feeling in Of The Trees, the forest itself comes alive and is an entity in itself.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Because, fairies! And a protagonist who can see them when no one else can. Also, a handsome Fae who wants to steal the protagonist away to be his forever. 

Roswell (TV show) or The Faculty (movie) or any other show in which strange new people come to town and act bizarrely. The protagonist can feel that something is off, but they can’t quite put their finger on it. They question whether it could be them overreacting, or possibly going mad. Cassie feels much the same in Of The Trees. 

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Carnivals! Also because evil edges into town, taking over, unseen to the eyes of many. 

The Vampire Diaries (TV show). Damon. I adore him. Of The Trees has that bad boy versus good boy element you find in the Salvatore brothers. Cassie has to chose between Ryan and Aiden, both of whom she’s attracted to. Both want her, and one is willing to go to extremes to get her. 

The Lost Boys (movie). I’m pulling out a classic horror film here! Michael and Sam, the brothers in this movie, move to a town and discover a haven for vampires. Now there’s no vampires in Of The Trees, but our main characters, Cassie and Laney, discover a group of creatures hunting them from the forest. Both feel drawn to the men of the trees, though one is wary and the other runs toward the unknown danger. Just as in The Lost Boys, one character is pulled into the center of the dangerous creatures, while the other fights to get her back. I won’t tell you how it ends, though. That you’ll have to see for yourself. 

Sleepy Hollow (TV show). I say this show, or any like it, because it features magic and fairytale elements are that absolutely real in this world, and bring forces that wreak havoc on humanity.

by E.M. Fitch
Publisher: Month9
Published: February 28th 2017
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play Books | Indiebound
Cassie and Laney fancy themselves amateur ghost hunters. When a carnival comes to town, Cassie embraces the chance to try something new. 

Carnival workers watch the girls with a collective gaze that ignites in Laney a dark and dangerous fascination, leaving Cassie unnerved. 

It's not just their age or the unsettling way they stare. There is something in the shifting of their skin and the way their features seem to change in the shadows. 

Cassie can's shake this sickening feeling that there's more to the carnival than meets the eye. 

When townspeople suddenly start dying and bloody warnings appear around town, Cassie is lured into a nightmare where trees whisper and strange, shape-shifting men haunt the backwoods she once hunted for ghosts with her best friend. 

Then Laney goes missing, and only Cassie can get her back. But the creatures of the trees aren't simply going to hand Laney over to Cassie without getting something in return.

E.M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night. She lives in Connecticut, surrounded by chaos, which she manages (somewhat successfully) with her husband, Marc.

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Week One:

2/27/2017- Lisa's Loves(Books of Course)- Interview
2/27/2017- Never Too Many To Read- Review
2/27/2017- Julie Reece- Excerpt
2/28/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Guest Post
2/28/2017- Book Review Becca- Review
3/1/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
3/1/2017- Omg Books and More Books- Review
3/2/2017- Always & Forever Fangirling- Excerpt
3/2/2017- Bookaholic Banter- Review
3/3/2017- Rockin' Book Reviews- Guest Post
3/3/2017- Quantum- Review

Week Two:

3/6/2017- LILbooKlovers- Interview
3/6/2017- Don't Judge, Read- Review
3/7/2017- The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange- Excerpt
3/7/2017- Book Lovers Life- Review
3/8/2017- Hidden Worlds Books- Guest Post
3/8/2017- Book-Keeping- Review
3/9/2017- Bibliobibuli YA- Interview
3/9/2017- StephanieCassidyBlog- Review
3/10/2017- So Few Books- Interview
3/10/2017- I am not a bookworm!- Review

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When Contemporaries are Disguised as Scifi - Author Interview with Shaun David Hutchinson

We caught up with Shaun David Hutchinson, author of the recently released At the Edge of the Universe and We Are the Ants (one of our fav books of last year!). If you've read We Are the Ants (and you might not have, because it's one of those books that sits on your TBR for WAY TOO LONG...Trust us on this one), you know how much the little events can alter a person's life experience. We asked Shaun about his button-imperative moments as a youth, to share a few books he's reading, and to share about Feral Youth (which we can't wait for!). Check out our interview below and hit that subscribe button so we can keep bringing awesome interviews your way. 

A Fangirl's Dream - Nancy Interviews Victoria Schwab

Hello my dears. OMG!!! I hope that you enjoyed this bit of a fangirl moment that made me the happiest girl. As you know Christy and I love to interview authors that come to visit our local bookstores and we had tried to get an interview with Victoria but she was already slated to interview with someone else. Boo Hoo!! My heart was broken because I am a big fan of her work and absolutely LOVE The Darker Shade of Magic series. 

So, fast forward to the day of the event and I am tweeting my friends about my excitement for the event and sadness over not interviewing Victoria and before I knew it Victoria tweeted back that If I could get to the event earlier (Hello! we are always 4 hours early) that she would grant me an interview. To say that I had a big girl freak out was an understatement. I hope that my crazy fan girl moment came across well and that you can enjoy this brief yet very informative interview that we have for you. We discussed favorite characters, the inception of ADSOM and of course the BIG movie news that just came out the day of the event.

Sit back and enjoy and stay tuned because we have a big surprise coming your way.

Where Would Elizabeth Briggs Go If She Could Time Travel? - Author Interview (+GIVEAWAY)

Hey everyone! We are here today with Elizabeth Briggs, author of the Future Shock series. Future Threat, the second book, is out next week and we caught up with Elizabeth to chat about what we can expect and a little about her writing process!

Elena starts off in a pretty hopeless place in Future Shock. After the events in the first book, where is she at the beginning of Future Threat?

At the beginning of Future Threat, Elena is trying to move on with her life and have a relationship with her boyfriend Adam. Her life should be perfect, but she can’t get over what she went through in Future Shock and is haunted by the lives she couldn’t save. Plus, a strange black car keeps following her around, and she knows Aether Corporation isn’t done with her yet.

The covers of both books are so gorgeous. What was the process like to arrive at the covers?

Thanks! Before Future Shock came out, my publisher asked me what I wanted on my covers and I gave them a few ideas. One of the main things we all agreed on was that if there was a girl on the cover she had to be Latina. They ended up working with a photographer and a model, so each book in the series uses a different picture from that photo shoot. They also made sure the tattoos and the background accurately matched the books. For Future Threat I specifically asked for Elena to have a new origami unicorn tattoo and that she be overlooking a futuristic Los Angeles with the sunset behind her. I think they did an amazing job and now I can’t wait to see the cover of book 3!

What was your research process like for time travel?

I didn’t actually research time travel all that much, but I did spend a lot of time researching PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks, so that I could get into Elena’s head in this book. I also researched flying cars and other futuristic technology to make the future they visit even more advanced than the one they visited in Future Shock.

How was writing Future Threat different than writing Future Shock?

Writing the middle book in a series is challenging because you have to make sure the characters have grown since the first book, but also leave room for them to change in the third book as well. Also, I tried to make all three books in the series stand alone, so that each one has its own mystery that is solved at the end of the book while also leaving a few hints for the next book.

If you could time travel, where would you go and what would you do?

This is actually the question that inspired me to write Future Shock! Like Elena, I would want to go into the future to see what happened to myself and to the world. But I would also be terrified of finding out something bad—and then wondering if I could change it…or if it was inevitable.

Future Threat
by Elizabeth Briggs
Publisher: AW Teen
Published: March 1st 2017
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks

Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future where they brought back secret information--but not everyone made it back to the present alive. Now Elena's dealing with her survivor's guilt and trying to make her relationship with Adam work. All she knows for sure is that she's done with time travel and Aether Corporation.

But Aether's not done with her--or Adam, or fellow survivor Chris. The travelers on Aether's latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. They arrive in a future that's amazingly advanced, thanks to Aether Corporation's reverse-engineered technology. The mission has deadly consequences, though, and they return to the future to try to alter the course of events.

But the future is different yet again. Now every trip through time reveals new complications, and more lives lost--or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything--including their relationship--to save their friends.

The second book in the New York Times bestselling Future Shock trilogy.

Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She's the author of the new adult Chasing The Dream series and the upcoming young adult novel Future Shock. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs. You can connect with her online at:www.elizabethbriggs.net

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Week One:
2/20/2017-Andi's ABCs- Review
2/21/2017- BookHounds YA- Interview
2/22/2017- Fantasy Book Critic- Guest Post
2/23/2017- With Love for Books - Review
2/24/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview (YAY)

Week Two:
2/27/2017- The Heart of a Book Blogger- Review
2/28/2017- Wishful Endings- Guest Post
3/1/2017- Book-Keeping- Review
3/2/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
3/3/2017- Always Me- Review


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Galentine's Day with Two Amazing Authors - Event Recap

A few weeks back, I mentioned that I was moderating an adult romance panel for Galentine's Day. It was a total blast! Not only were Kristan Higgins and Brenda Novak a total treat to moderate but their fans were enthusiastic and really fun! I thought I would share a few photos from the evening.

So many fans showed up that the bookstore ran out of books (this was a small table of what was available)

This owl with a book is right outside Copperfield's in Novato. It was my first time to the store and what a lovely store it is! So much space and light!

There was a lot of laughing. A lot.

Highly recommend checking out both Kristan and Brenda! Brenda has an online book club that features a well-known author monthly - there are over 5,000 online members! She gives pretty awesome extras to people who join in :).

BLOG TOUR: Let's get UNRESTed with Wendy Higgins

Today we have the blog tour stop for UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!


Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.   Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.   In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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Here is our excerpt for this tour and if it doesn't get you running to buy your copy NOW! We don't know what will.

I stopped in my tracks and peered up at the blinding, colorless sky. It was like tiny, peaceful little angels fluttering down on us. We didn’t get snow in the Vegas area unless we went way up in the mountains. I’d only seen snow as a young child in North Carolina, and it never lasted long. It was so pretty. I wanted to lay on the ground and watch it fall. Watch it cover me.             How long had we been marching? Long enough for me to lay down, right?            “C’mon, Pepper,” Rylen gently urged. “We can’t stop.” He had to tug me forward to get my stiff legs moving again. Pain sang through my limbs.             “Ow…” I sucked in a harsh breath. It hurts, it hurts, it hurts. I felt wooden. I shouldn’t have stopped.            “I know, baby, come on.” Rylen took my hand and pulled me forward until my frozen feet took up the rhythm of the pack.            He’d called me baby. Even though he obviously wasn’t in his right mind, it made my heart flutter. We were all delirious.

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About Wendy Higgins:

WendyHiggins4 Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue. Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.  

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