Monday, December 30, 2013

Top Music of 2013

I've been walking around with headphones on my head or in my ear since I was a kid. I used to make mix tapes from the radio when I was eight. I grocery shop while listening to music (it calms me, this way I don't get pissed when people block the isle) Music is a large part of my life. This last year, with the help of Spotify, Twitter and new music loving friends I made a bazillion playlists (exaggeration, but close) and discovered so many awesome artists. Below is the top 30 songs that were on constant repeat for me this year. Not all of them came out this year, but got heavy rotation on my playlists. 


Top 30 songs of 2013!

"Com On Let's Go" - A House For Lions

"Was It You" - Joy Kills Sorrow

"Flaws" - Bastille

"Ghosts" - Laura Marling

"Closer Than This" - St. Lucia

"Fools Gold" - Fitz and The Tantrums

"Ghost" - Folly and the Hunter 

"Falling" - Haim 

"Tight Rope" - Alex Clare 

"The Woodpile" - Frightened Rabbit 

"Montezuma" - Fleet Foxes

"You Rocky Spine" - Great Lake Swimmers 

"Man on Fire" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 

"Shell Suite" - Chad Valley 

"Dreamers" - Savoir Adore

"Dear Avery" - The Decemberists 

"We Sink"- CHVRCHES 

"Broken Afternoon" - The Helio Sequence 

"All Eyes On You" - St. Lucia 

"Fantasy" - MS MR 

"Keep It Quiet" - Ra Ra Riot

"Ghost Town" - First Aid Kit

"Perth- Teen Daze Mix" - Bon Iver

"Candles" - Daughter

"I'm Getting Ready" - Micheal Kiwanuka

"Original Sin" - Geographer

"Spiders" - Night Riots

"Float" - Pacific Air

"Christians In Black" - Rouge Wave

"Safe and Sound" - Capital Cities 






Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top Books of 2013

It's no secret I've read my fair share of books this year. YA, NA. romance, paranormal, fantasy, contemporary. I was blown away from all of the books I read this year and the talent that is out there. Here is my top ten standalone novels and my top five series. This is no certain order, it was hard enough to pick the books let alone rank them! Just know all of these books stayed with me throughout the year. 

Top Ten Standalone books of 2013
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I picked up this book after reading the highly acclaimed Eleanor and Park, and I found that I fell in love with this book. I might go as far as to say this was my favorite book this year. Cath and Levi were perfect in all of their flaws. The writing was amazing, making me laugh out loud and really fall into this story, head first. 


The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson 

This was a sweet tale of a girl trying to find herself after the loss of her sister. She has help with two different boys, quirky in their own ways and her strange family. This book was amazing, a story of living your life in the face of loss.

My Review 
Amazon
Lost and Found by Nicole Williams
Jesse Walker. Nicole Williams created on of my favorite male leads with Jesse Walker. Add on a snarky heroine as a fish out of water and this book was a bit hit for me! This is actually the first book in a series, but the other books, while really good, were no where close to as amazing as this one.    
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                                  Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
This was by far the funniest book I read this year. The story was fun, kept your attention, and made you smile with the witty banter as you watched Simon and Caroline fall in love. Their journey was perfect. and I was so sad when I finished this book, I didn't want it to end!   Amazon   My Review 


Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino 
Like the title suggest, this was such a sweet read. I fell in love with these characters and their story. There were scenes in this book that were perfection. The music element is always a big plus for me and Will was the absolute sweetest. Loved this book!                                                My Review Amazon
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is actually the second book in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi but holy crap this book blew me away!! The writing is suberb and different and unique. I applaud Mafi for writing this book in this style, how she gets into Juliette's very confused head and portrays it so well! and Warner and Adam and Kenji! If you haven't read this series yet, you need too!                                                            My Review Amazon


Falling Into Us by Jasinda Wilder 
You're probably asking yourself, you mean Falling Into You, Jasina Wilder's huge hit, right? That book was good, but this follow up that centers around side characters in Falling Into You was the story that really captured my heart. To me, it was a true love story, one that showed the strength in their relationship. Both are wonderful books!                                                                                                     My Review Amazon










Vain by Fisher Amelie 
This book was a breath of fresh air in the NA world! Great setting, lovable characters and a wonderful message! I loved this book!!                        My Review Amazon

Wide Awake by Shelly Crane 
This NA book was such a treat! I'm a sucker for the god guys and Mason is that and more! He is so tender and kind to Emma as she tries to get life back together.                                                         My Review Amazon



Making Faces by Amy Harmon
I had a hard time deciding between Harmon's A Different Blue and Making Faces. They both were phenomenal reads but Making Faces really was a truly beautiful tale.                           My Review Amazon


Top Series of 2013 

The Fate Series by Heather Lyons 
The Fate Series.....This series gave me so much anxiety and feelings!!! Heather Lyons pulls at my heart strings for all the characters involved! I couldn't get enough! The last book of this series will be out in 2014. Check out my reviews of the books. Amazon links should be in the reviews. 


The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan
Sometimes I feel like I read this series so long ago but it's crazy I read all three books this year. This is a dark story but there is much hope laced in the pages. Hope and love. A beautiful series!! 



The Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Halle 
Dex and Perry! Never have a couple and their story kept me as interested as Dex and Perry. This is one of my ALL time favorite series and these books have everything. Suspense, scary as hell ghosts and demons, love, humor. Anytime I pick up one of these books I feel like I'm catching up with an old friend. 



The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paulina Simons
Fun Fact: Even though I am a huge history nerd, I usually don't read historical fiction. Reasons abound why but after all the talk about these I had to pick them up. And I am so glad I did! Historical Fiction can be a bit of a drag.....but while this book has drama and darkness...there is also hope and love and for me, that was what moved to keep going on with the EPIC love story. Pick these up, you won't regret it. 


The Lost and Found Series by Lori L. Otto
I recently read these and wow. I couldn't believe how fast I fell in love with these books, even when my heart was being torn into a million pieces and I was sitting ugly crying (which I never do) and then in the next moment my heart is full of love. This book taught me that your life can be full of great loves, more than one, and while it's not easy it can be done. Each person that comes into your life has something special to give to you. Embrace it, even if it's the hardest thing you do. This story will always stay with me. 



What's been your favorite reads this year? 









Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Greetings!!



To our Friends and Family,

D and I are wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season! As highlighted in our post about our Book Drive (Which you can still donate to) we pointed out we were having a very subdued Christmas Season. Usually every year we send out Christmas cards, but this year we didn't. Instead I made this one and thought I would give everyone a bit of a year in review. We first want to say that we are very thankful for the constant love and support we have from our friends and family. We are very lucky to be surrounded by such amazing people!

2013 was a year that I think we will ways remember. This year brought us many things and new experiences. It also brought us new ways to see our future, which at times was honestly heartbreaking, but I have spent my life always trying to find the bright side of things, knowing that everything happens for a reason. This year tested us, brought us joy, and filled our lives with love. 

Last winter I started my second semester of grad school. It was an amazing semester and I loved the classes I took. I learned the skill of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and took a couple history classes for the environmental concentration. I found that by combining history, GIS, and public organizations (mostly National Parks) I really found something I loved. I hope as I graduated this May, I can find a job that combines all of this. I love old things and history, working with it would be amazing. D got to go to Arizona for a week and literally shot lasers through rocks. He enjoyed himself and I love watching him talk about his passion. Even if it is silly things like concrete is actually a rock. (You're welcome for that tidbit) 

Spring break was spent in Jackson Hole doing research in Grand Teton National. At the end of April I did my first 5k. I also decided running probably isn't for me. D was busy with school and working. He always works so hard for us :) 

May came and we both finished our semesters at school. May also brought us our first real life vacation. Okay, D and I have done vacation before. In our time together we've gone to Vegas a couple times, little weekend away trips, and our honeymoon to Disneyworld. But this was a ten day, 2800 mile road trip in places we've never been! For the most part! We had a blast, just the two of us. We got to see family we don't see nearly enough, we got to see some of the most beautiful scenery ever, driving along Hwy 1 down the coast, ocean as far as the eye could see. We got lost, at one point I was sure we would be sleeping in the car, (Thanks D for keeping a calm head to your panicked wife and finding us shelter! or a at least a campsite), we visited National Parks, State Parks, hiked and played. We saw the Redwoods, Lake Tahoe, Bryce Canyon and San Francisco. We drove the windest road I have EVER driven for almost 150 miles. The novelty wore off around mile 90. It was a trip I will always remember! 

Summer brought us my 25th birthday. D turned 26 in September. We continued on with our education goals. We went to Yellowstone National Park. It had been almost ten years since I had been there (middle school field trip) and it was D's first time there! He loved it, if even was mad that he couldn't take Obsidian from the the Obsidian Cliffs. He also didn't like my Tragedy of the Commons excuses. 
We had a perfect weekend in September where we saw one of my favorite bands live and then a perfect Sunday driving home and exploring. 

The Fall semester found us busy with school, working, and other things. We had a quiet Christmas season. We went and got a tree, took my in-laws suburban and cut down a tree in the mountains. Okay, D cut it down. I was mostly frolicking around like a winter fairy, enjoying the cold! 

As D finishes up his degree this spring, he is looking for jobs. I, as well, will start the job search in about March. I also took on a new adventure. I wrote a book which I plan on self-publishing. I found that I love writing. I think I always had but I never thought I was good enough. But I went with it and so there's that. The book should be out Late February/Early March. Be on the lookout!! 


And our plans for 2014? We have no idea where this year will take us. We have no expectations. We know we have each other. This year I think really strengthened our relationship and I know whatever we face in the next year, good or bad, new and exciting, we are ready for it. 

We hope the next year brings you all many wonderful things! We are again so lucky to have such amazing people in our life! Thanks for following our journey! 

Love, Caitlin and DJ. 








Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

Well, if this isn't a stunning cover, I don't know what is! This is one of my most anticipated reads next year. The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons will be out February 13, 2014. 




Deep End Of The Sea - Front Cover


       About THE DEEP END OF THE SEA:  
 What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

 Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age. But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.  


  Deep End of the Sea - Full Cover

Cover Design by: Carly Stevens
Cover Art by: Kelsey Patton



  Author Photo

About Heather Lyons: 

 Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.    


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Amy A. Bartol's newest book, Under Different Stars, will be sure to grasp your attention and make you fall in love with this world and these characters. Check out my review below and make sure to enter the AWESOME giveaway!!! There is also a playlist of a few songs that reminded of this book. Enjoy! 



Blurb

Title: Under Different Stars (Kricket #1)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Genre: YA Dystopian
Goodreads:Under Different Stars

All she wants is a home, but can she find one...UNDER DIFFERENT STARS

Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket's gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

Review 
Amy does it again. This five star read held my attention from the get go and didn't let me do until the very last line. Heck, I didn't want to let go! I just wanted more!! Kricket has lived a life dodging case workers and trying to make it to her 18th birthday where she will age out of the system. Well, the universe has another plan for her. Enter Trey. From the get go, you can tell there is something between Trey and Kricket. He has a job but as time goes on between them, something more starts to form. Watching it was amazing, I loved every encounter, touch, or conversation between them. They have this natural chemistry that flows naturally through the pages, the talented writing shining through. 

"I'm important to you because I hold your destiny in my hand" 

The storyline and world building were suburb. I never felt lost, only intrigued by what things meant or the differences between Trey's home planet. Everything meshed so well together, the storyline always kept my attention and I felt like I was on the edge of my seat as new characters were introduced and the plot become more complex.

"You can't thrive under the wrong stars, Kricket."

The other bright part of this story? The side characters. While Trey and Kricket are the couple you fall in love with, you can't but also fall for Jax and Wayra, the two men who part of the mission revolving around Kricket. They are so kind, full of humor, and you can tell they also care for Kricket. There are of course villains, all who want something from Kricket. But with this being the first book, I can imagine where the story will go and will really turn out to be villains (if I've learned anything from Amy's Premonition series ;) 

"We have to make the stars align for us now-find a way for us not to get burned for being together."


Kricket herself is one strong girl. She is quick witted and doesn't hold back. You can see Trey fall for her as she speaks her mind and holds up her strong demeanor. It's always nice to see a strong female heroine and I can't wait to see more of her as the series progress. 
Overall- this book was amazing! It had everything I wanted and it was executed excellently. Trey and Kricket stole my heart and I'm on edge as I wait for the next installment. 


Playlist
I couldn't help it. I kept finding songs reminding me of this book. Enjoy! 



Excerpt

Water swirls around me as I open my eyes. I shiver, realizing I’m in Trey’s arms. He’s standing chest deep in crystal blue water with Wayra pacing on the bank only steps away. Clutching Trey closer to me, my cheek remains on his shoulder. Watching a bead of water slip down his powerful neck, I hear Jax say, “She’s waking up.”
Trey, cupping his hand in the water, pours some of it over my hair. It drips down the sides of my face, cooling me. “Let’s get her out. I’ll get the visor and we can check her vitals.”
As Trey wades out of the pond with me in his arms, I try to lift my head from his shoulder. It makes me dizzy so I lay it back. It’s then I notice that I’m only in my bra and underwear. A blush creeps into my cheeks as I hug Trey tighter to me. Wayra meets us on the bank, draping a blanket over us. Trey sits down with me on his lap. He leans against a tree trunk holding me securely to his chest. Peeking at his face, he seems angry as he smoothes my hair back from my face. Hurrying over with the visor that looks like grandma goggles, Trey sets them on my eyes. Everything is green as I gaze around at the water in front of us. Flashing green lights and readouts occupy the peripherals of the glasses, but the information is running faster than I can possibly read it.
“Ho!” Jax exclaims next to me.
Immediately, Trey’s arms tighten on me as he barks out, “What? How bad is it?”
“Naw, it’s not bad…it’s just…Kricket…” Jax breathes, like he’s in awe. “Look at this brain activity…it’s massive.”
“What do you mean?” Trey asks with relief in his tone.
Jax grins. “She’s lighting everything up. Look at her frontal lobe…it’s off the charts.”
“What does that mean? Is she healthy?” Trey growls.
Jax nods enthusiastically. “She’s healthy! We didn’t fry her with heat stroke, that’s for sure. Or, if we did, she’s got more brain activity than anyone I’ve ever seen to compensate for it,” he replies, sounding seriously geeked about it.
“Those things aren’t broken, are they?” Trey asks speculatively.
“No…here.” Jax pulls them off my face. “Wayra, come here.”
Wayra walks over and Jax puts the glasses on his eyes. “See! He’s normal, well, normal for him. See how it doesn’t light up in these areas?” he points out to Trey.
“Yes.”
“Now watch this,” he says, taking the glasses off of Wayra, he places them back on my face. “See? It’s like Christmas in Chicago with all those lights,” Jax says proudly.
“So that means she’s smart?”
Jax beams. “Yeah, she’s smart! She’s brilliant! There’s no telling what she can do.”
“If she’s so smart, why did she run until she almost popped? Why didn’t she just tell us she needed to rest?” Wayra asks derisively.
“Personality flaw,” Trey replies. “She’s going to show us that she’s not weak.”
“She’s sitting right here,” I murmur, pulling the glasses off my face and handing them to Jax.



Author Bio

I live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m writing, they often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner. They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real. They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats. They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making. They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants. And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them. In short, they get me, so they are perfect
and I am blessed.



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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Ashes to Ashes (EIT #8) by Karina Halle


Ashes to Ashes is the 8th book in the Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle. I can easily say this is one of my all time favorite series. Seriously. Ever. I pretty much want to shove copies of this book in the hands of all my friends because I am in love with these books! But...the next best thing is to review these awesome books so check it out! There is also links to my other EIT reviews and make sure to enter the giveaway!!






Ashes to Ashes by Karina Halle
(Experiment in Terror #8)
Publication date: December 11th 2013
Genres: Horror, New Adult, Supernatural

Synopsis:
It’s been two months since Perry Palomino and Dex Foray’s relationship reached a new turning point, two months since Perry started a new life in Seattle, and two months since their Experiment in Terror show took on a new partner, ex-Wine Babe Rebecca Sims, and found a new level of success. But whenever there is light in their lives, the madness still has a way of coming back in.

When the team is sent back to the stormy Oregon coast to investigate a haunted school, Perry wants to use the opportunity to reconnect with her family and reintroduce Dex into their lives. Only Perry’s not the only one who’s reaching out – her grandmother Pippa has started appearing to her with disturbing warnings and Perry’s presence at the school has ignited a chilling new wave of supernatural phenomenon. Once used a century ago as a sanatorium to house children dying of tuberculosis, the school’s past residents are slowly coming back to life and with one thing on their mind. They want someone to play with, someone to join them. Forever.

Even when dead, some children get whatever they want.

And they want Perry.


My Review
Okay, so it's a given this is 5 stars. When we last left Dex and Perry after a crazy and scary show in New Orleans, things seemed to be pretty perfect for the two. I was left in a euphoric state of Dex and Perry bliss. But, I was waiting for the shoe to drop. I really didn't know what to expect with this book, Ashes to Ashes. It's the second to last book and I didn't know where the story was going.....I was happy to find out Perry kind of echoes these thoughts within in the first chapter. She knows how crazy her life has been and knows there is always something around the corner......

"There was just this indescribable feeling that every little step in our lives had been a lead up to us meeting each other. I could only hope the same fate would continue." 

This book had it all. The Dex we all love and know is back his full glory, he can be dashingly sweet and totally crude all in the same sentence. It's a talent. Dex and Perry have lived together for two months and if you read the end of Come Alive....well you know Dex has something up his sleeve. I (hangs head in shame), had kind of forgotten what this was but as hints were dropped I totally was all sorts of giddy inside. And his attempts? The. Best. Dex has some killer timing. ;)

"All I think about is you, Perry. From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep and even in my dreams." 

This book also was pretty damn terrifying . A school full of haunted children. Yikes. There were times where I couldn't put down my kindle even if a ghost itself was standing next to me. The ball that goes thump in the night set the scene for this school back on the Oregon coast, in a way full circle for Dex and Perry.

"I knew, somehow, that you were going to change my life." 

Besides the haunting, Dex and Perry still have obstacles. In all reality, they have known each other for eight months and they have some skeptics. (Jerks) but I liked to think we are past the pull and push and they are strong enough to deal with it all. Actually, I think book solidifies even more their relationship. The drama they can get through, the ghosts that haunt them, together they are a force. 

This book has hot steamy scenes, loving words, totally scary as shit moments, Pippa (who I missed the last book), drama galore and that ending! WTF. The set up for the last and final EIT book Dust to Dust....It's going to be a doozy and I will cry when I have to say goodbye to my most wonderful Dex and Perry.


So if you haven't picked up this series, get on it! Below is links for my previous EIT reviews. 


Purchase Links for Ashes to Ashes

Author Bio 

The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she's preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.


Author Links


Giveaway 

A signed copy of Perception (it's a paperback compilation of all the e-book novellas), a signed copy of Darkhouse, a signed copy of Red Fox (with new cover) as well as a signed copy of Ashes to Ashes and an EIT tank top

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Holy Frigging Matrimony: A Tangled Short Story


Today is my review of Holy Frigging Matrimony. This is a short story from Emma Chase.  If you haven't read Tangled, the story of Drew and Kate, get on it. Right now! Here I will even give you a link to buy it----> Amazon

We get a little glimpse into the Happily Ever After (In their own way hehe) of Drew and Kate, but I must say their HEA is pretty damn hilarious. Since this is a short story, this will be a shorter review. Emma Chase gives us all the things we love about Drew and Kate. Hot scenes, Drew's hilarious commentary, tension, conflict, and the funniest situations!!!! One of the main things that even in a short story was great was the fact that relationships do require work and Drew and Kate are no strangers to it. They love each other, so much, but that doesn't always means things are easy and I loved seeing them use the love they have for each other to be a better person. I'm just simply addicted this couple and I am excited for the next part of their journey! It is sure to be a ride! 


Summary:

5 out of 5 stars

What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this forty page short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice and hilarious one-liners.

Marriage: the final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the fifties, all the while knowing they’d never make it back.

And now another poor rocket is ready to launch.

But this isn’t just any posh New York wedding. You’ve seen my friends, you’ve met our families, you know you're in for a treat. Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable. This one’s going to be un-frigging-forgettable.

Holy Frigging Matrimony takes place about a year after Tangled’s end and is from Drew’s POV



Emma is giving away a SIGNED copy of Tangled, an e-copy of Tangled and an e-copy of Holy Frigging Matrimony! Click the link below to enter!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Book Drive!!!


Last Christmas Eve. I am way too darn lazy to put the tree up this year. 
In the beginning of the semester, I quit my job. The one with the steady flow of cash. I was super excited for my research assistant job, I still love it!!! But there were of course a few drawbacks. One was well, I didn't make as much money and I knew from the get go I wouldn't be doing a lot of work once school would get out. That's like a month of not working and right during Christmas. I panicked. What was I going to do during Christmas? How was I supposed to get gifts for everyone? Hello Stress.

I decided then while it was still 80 degrees out, I simply wouldn't do Christmas this year. No tree. No gifts. No holiday cards. No madness. And for the most part, I'm sticking to it. Not having to worry about what to get D for Christmas or if he will like it, gone. Not having to buy gifts for friends and family and always spending too much money, gone. Not taking the tree out of our TINY and very full storage unit, don't have to worry about it. (though I will still have to get my snow tires out....sigh, can't win them all) Nor will I be swearing up a storm when my tree doesn't stand straight and moving furniture around. So far, it has been amazing. Not stressful. I have time to focus on finishing up the semester and working on my book. 

But....I wasn't a total Scrooge. I still wanted to give back. So, I have decided to do a CHILDREN'S BOOK DRIVE. Give the gift of stories this Christmas to those in Need.  

Books will be donated to the following two places. Each has specific needs so please read carefully on the books needed. 

The first in Primary's Children Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake is only about 2.5 hours away and is the closed Child's hospital. It doesn't serve only Utah but many of the surrounding areas in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and I would assume Nevada. Sometimes, when kids go to primaries,they can have extended stays and I couldn't help but think how much books for me as a kid and teenager were such a great way to jump into another world, a way to escape and also some books brought me such joy and hope. Below is a list of books needed.

Books for the hospital must be new or gently used. No yellow pages or chewed on books. 

Books for Primaries
Popular Children's Books                                     Spanish Books
I Spy Books                                                         Toddler Books
Vinyl Book​                                                          Books on CD
Teen magazines and books                                  Young Adult Books      
Magazines and Books for parents                         Coloring Books

Specific book titles include: Curious George, How To Train Your Dragon, Ivy and Bean, Diary of a Worm, Ella Enchanted, Chicka Chicka Boom, Boom, Mysterious Benedict Society, So B. It, The Maze Runner, Any Rick Riordan book

Another place books will be donated to is more local to Pocatello. Head Start is a day care for preschool age kids who can attend for free for low income families. They are looking for Pre-K books for ages 3 and 4 that are educational and fun. Also, books are to be new or gently used. 


Where can you donate?

If you are in Pocatello....
There is a box to donate at the following places:
Wingers Restaurant
Connections Credit Union- Olympus Branch
Jefferson Elementary School- Care of Breanne Bowman

You can also contact me and drop them off at my apartment. I can even pick books up if needed. Books will be collected until Christmas.

If you are NOT in Pocatello....
Well then you are awesome :) Please send me an email at CaitlinKerryWrites@gmail.com and I will send you my address. If you think this is a great idea but don't want to send books to Idaho, I suggest you look into your own community and see where books or really anything is needed!



If you need anything or have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks!!









Last Christmas. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol

I'm so excited to bring you this stunning cover for Amy A. Bartol's new book, Under Different Stars, coming out Dec!! Check out below for blurb and a short excerpt!!! 


AUTHOR: Amy A. Bartol | GENRE: YA Dystopian
RELEASE DATE: December 17, 2013
Smashwords pre-order link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/380123
BOOK BLURB

All she wants is a home, but can she find one…UNDER DIFFERENT STARS

Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

TEASER
I glance at Trey; he looks like an advertisement for Calvin Klein. Wearing only dark, athletic boxers, he’s something out of a catalog or a warrior movie. Blushing deeply, I want to crawl under the rock I’m on. “Wade into the water together. We should tie you two so that you’re face-to-face with both your heads above the water,” Jax says. Trey nods, extending his hand for me to take.

Avoiding looking at him, I stand up, walking to the water’s edge on my own. Dipping my toes in the water, I pull them back sharply. “It’s freezing!” I glower at them, hearing my voice echo off the walls again.

“It is,” Trey agrees, scooping me up in his arms and wading out quickly into the water before I can object further. When he is chest deep, he says softly in my ear, “Breathe.”

Clinging to him tightly with my arms around his neck, I inhale deeply before muttering, “Shh…you’re interrupting my revenge plotting.”

“If you survive this, I’ll insist that you learn to swim,” he says, sounding annoyed as Jax wades to us with a line, circling us.

“If I survive this, I’m killing you,” I reply dryly, feeling the rope tense, drawing me tighter against Trey’s warm body.

A small smile touches his lips at my comment. “How do you propose to do that?” He gazes into my eyes as Jax knots us together.

“I’ll let you spend some sleepless nights worrying about that,” I reply, my teeth beginning to chatter as the cold water is chilling me to the bone.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m writing, they often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner. They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real. They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats. They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making. They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants. And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them. In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed.


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Monday, November 18, 2013

A Playlist: Autumn in the Air

So. I promise I'm still around!!! I have been super busy with working on my book, grad school, and a bunch of other things. This is really one of my favorite times of the year. More often than not I just want to curl up with a cup of tea and find a good book to read or some great music to get lost in. Below is a playlist of tunes that have been playing on repeat this fall season. (That's right, Christmas, It's still FALL. Back off until it's your turn.) I promise I will have more info about my book and all that great stuff soon but for now I leave you with a playlist of some great tunes!!!! Enjoy your Monday !




Friday, November 15, 2013

Blog Tour: A Matter of Truth by Heather Lyons

I don't think it is any secret how much I LOVE this series!!! I am so excited to not only bring you my review of A Matter of Truth, the third book in the Fate Series by Heather Lyons, BUT I also have an exclusive interview with Chloe!!! Check it out and make sure to check out my review below!! And there is a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post! 

Blurb 


Not long ago, Chloe Lilywhite seemingly had it all: a prized spot on the Magicals’ Council as lead Creator, a loving fiancé and Connection, and a wealth of good friends. But the poised young woman she projected was nothing more than a façade. Her parents all but disowned her. Power plays and accusations of murder within the Council rocked her confidence. And most difficult of all, her secret, a secondary Connection to Jonah’s twin brother, Kellan, became painfully impossible to resist. Desperate to gain control over her rapidly unraveling existence, Chloe did the unthinkable: she ran away.

Now living and working in Alaska under an alias, Chloe is slowly discovering who she is and, more importantly, who she wants to be. But the more she tries to leave the Magical world behind, the harder it becomes to stay hidden. The Elders are back with a vengeance, and the stakes have never been higher. Chloe finally has to make a choice: embrace her pre-ordained Fate or pave her own way in the worlds. One thing’s for sure, though—she’s finally up for the challenge.

*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+*

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Interview with Chloe

Hey Chloe, thank you so much for answering some questions today! I know things are pretty crazy for you right now, so I appreciate you talking to me today!

No problem, Caitlin. I’m glad to be here!

Well let’s get to it! Chloe, in your journey, we have seen you grow and in this book, A Matter of Truth, you continue your journey and try to find your truths. What has been the hardest part of finding your truth?

Well, I think a lot of it has to do with my struggles over what’s expected of me—and what Fate set in store for me—as opposed to becoming the person I wanted to be. It’s not so much that I relished the idea of shirking my duties, it’s just . . . it often felt like I was expected to be somebody I wasn’t comfortable being.

So, I needed to find who that person was. I needed the freedom to do so.

In AMOT, we get to meet Will, the wonderful sweet Will . . . Sorry, I got distracted thinking about him.

(practically chortles) Let’s not tell him, since his head is already too big.

Anyways . . . we get to see you meet Will for the first time at the end of A Matter of Heart and in AMOT we get to see how your relationship has developed and how much trust and love you have for him. Can you tell us about the exact moment you knew Will was more than a coworker and become more like family?

Hmm . . . I don’t know if I can pinpoint an exact moment, but I remember really early on, like not even a week after us meeting, accepting that I felt very comfortable with him. We just seemed to get each other on a level we hadn’t necessarily really felt with a lot of other people before. He and Cameron are truly my family—it just took me nearly twenty years to find them.

In AMOF you start out with having dreams of Jonah and by AMOT you have three very wonderful boys who all care a lot about you in their own special ways. If you could use one song to describe Jonah, Kellan, and Will, which would they be?

Oh, gosh. Let’s see . . .

Will’s the easiest. I would definitely pick Safe and Sound by Electric President, because that’s what we are to one another.

As for Jonah and Kellan . . . (stares off in the distance) This is hard, because I have several songs that make me think of them and what they mean to me. (is quiet) Maybe Gravity by Vienna Teng for Kellan and Today by Joshua Radin for Jonah.

Throughout your journey, you went from having distant parents and a handful of cousins to having a lot of people on your side who care for you, a family. Has that been overwhelming? Such a quick transition?

I don’t know if I’d call it a quick transition at all, since it took me several years to find my peeps. (chuckles) In all seriousness, it’s been wonderful. All my life I’ve been starved for a family. I think another truth I had to come to was realizing a family isn’t always defined by blood—and you can’t force a relationship when there isn’t one.

Every action has a reaction, or a consequence, and in AMOT there are many actions that have reactions and consequences. Are you ready to deal with these consequences?

I do. Good or bad, I’m ready to take responsibility for my actions.

Do you feel more ready to deal with them than before you went to Alaska?

Oh, absolutely.

I know things are pretty crazy right now, and you haven’t had a lot of time to thing about anything besides what’s going on in the worlds, but what are your hopes for the future?

I hope that I will always be the sort of person that deserves the level of power she’s been given.

What is one thing you wish for more than anything for your future?

(thinks about this for a long moment) One of my most fervent wishes has always been for the happiness of those I love. It still holds true today. It will always be my most cherished wish.

And a few fun quick questions.

If you weren’t a creator which craft would you choose?
Probably an Elemental.
Favorite Season?
Spring, because it’s all about new hope and growth.
If you could play any sport, what would it be?
I wish I were a better bowler. Gods, I hate losing all the time! *Caitlin's note* I as well suck at Bowling. Like really bad. I can feel ya on that one girl*

What is one typical teenage thing you wish you got to do more of when you were a teenager?

It’s going to make me sound like a dork, but applying for colleges.

Favorite pastime with Jonah?

Kissing. Because wow, is he . . . um . . . Is that TMI? (giggles) Okay. Trying out new restaurants.

Kellan?

I’ll keep it clean,  *Caitlin's note* You really don't have to keep in clean. I don't mind!* so I’m going to say . . . just hanging out together. Kellan Whitecomb is always a good time.
(pauses)
That came out wrong.

And Will?

Watching hockey together and fighting over the food he makes us. Did you know he plays? *Caitlin's note* Will plays hockey??? Oh well I will watch a hockey game with this guy ANY time. ;)*

Well thanks again, Chloe for stopping by and chatting with me! I wish you the best of luck in the future!!!!!

Aw, thanks, Caitlin! Thanks so much for having me.


My Review

I love these books something fierce. A Matter of Truth is no exception in another heart wrenching, emotional filled story of love, family and finding your truth. In this book, Chloe has ran off to Alaska to figure out things, figure out how to live her life how she wants but still be able to handle the responsibilities that are required of her. It is no small matter, the weight of the world Chloe deals with and while in most cases, I really hate when characters run away,  but in this- I got it. It made sense. She needed to do something in order for her to deal with everything that has essentially, been dumped on her.

"How do you know whether you made the right choice?"

My emotions were all over the place as I read this book. These are the types of books where you are so emotionally charged you have to physically take a break because you feel like Chloe, like you are going to break. In AMOT, though, there were so many sweet moments. Moments filled with love and comfort of finding your people. Life doesn't mean a whole lot without your people, the ones that love you regardless of circumstances and will be there to no matter what. I fell in love with how Chloe not only finds her family but also finds how meaningful a family can be, wether they are a blood relation or not.

"I haven't been fair to myself." 

I was also so proud of Chloe for finding her truth. Her truth. Not the truth that is expected of her. Not the truth she thinks she should have. Not the truth of the worlds, but the truth that lives deep inside her soul. Her truth that is not influenced by fate, but rather by her choice. To see Chloe find that truth, love, family, it just gives me all the warm fuzzy feelings inside. I was also proud of Chloe for not only realizing her trurth but knowing that her journey isn't over and it still won't be easy. It will be hard but I think Chloe has figured it out it will be worth it. There are also some really great things in this book. Will. Oh Will. I didn't think it was possible for Heather to write even more characters for me to fall in love with but I was so wrong! Will and Cameron and the whole gang she has in Alaska is amazing!!!

"It was because I wanted a chance to figure out who I am without Fate sticking its fingers in every one of my pies." 

You get to see more Chloe, Jonah, and Kellan in this book and there moments where my heart was ripped out. I was sad and happy and felt all the love in this book! I understood Chloe's actions. That was the most important, was understanding Chloe for me in this book. Did I swoon every time Kellan made an appearance....yes...yes I did. But this book, for me, was all about Chloe. Will, Jonah and Kellan- all great bonuses!!! :)

"I want to be able to come home and lean on you. Know that you've got my back. I want to be the same for you. I want us to be lovers. Best friends. Partners. Because, it's you I want."

Then of course the ending......with wide eyes I had to read it a few times and then throw out a few curse words and then calmly tell myself that I will burn the worlds down if this doens't end well!!


Overall, Heather Lyons takes every day words and weaves them into an enchanting heart filled story of a girl trying to find her truth, trusting in herself and having the courage to live the life she wants to live. You can't help but fall in love with these books, these characters, and this family Heather has created.

5  AMAZING stars and waiting on edge for the fourth book!!!


About Heather Lyons

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.



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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Book Review: Undertow by Amber Lynn Natusch

Today I am sharing my thoughts about Undertow by Amber Lynn Natusch as part of the blog tour. I loved loved loved this book! Check out my review below as well as a giveaway!!! 




Blurb

How far does a girl have to run to escape a lifetime of pain and loss at the hands of Alaska's notoriously unforgiving Bering Sea? Twenty-seven-year-old Aesa Fredriksen thought landlocked Columbus, Ohio would suffice, and it does until the fear of regret drives her to return to Dutch Harbor in a final attempt to make amends with her nearly-estranged father. Intent on salvaging the wreckage of their relationship, she reluctantly agrees to join him—the only family she has left—as he heads out to fish for king crab, forcing her to brave the very waters that pulled him away from her as a child. The waters that stole her mother's life.

When the day finally arrives for the Norwegian Queen to sail off into an uncertain future, Aesa can't help but fear the worst. Beyond the violent swells and impending storms, there is far more than death and danger awaiting her on her journey: love awaits her too.

Decker, a young but seasoned member of her father's crew, is a force of nature as strong as Aesa, He's her perfect match, and even she can't deny it. But he too is a man of the sea, and with memories of tragedy and abandonment etched so deeply into her mind, can she overcome her demons and let him in or will she drown in her darkness, forever caught in its undertow?



My Review

There are so many things that are right in this book. When you read contemporary books, YA, NA or adult, you think you have seen it all, read it all, every plot twist that has been done before. Each time you pick up a new book you truly don't know what you are getting. Undertow? I couldn't have been happier because what I picked up was pure gold. Lets go through all the awesomeness, shall we?

The setting: Set in Alaska with the focus on crab fishing, I was totally sucked in from the setting alone. It's like this setting just writes it self, the beauty and danger jumps out of you and feel like you standing at the edge of something that can take you to places you never thought. You feel as succumbed to the setting as Aesa, you feel the love and hatred Aesa has for her home. The side characters are all great and you can tell this is a family and the bonds they have are strong. If one experiences heartache, it affects them all. They protect and love each other.

"I think your cold runs deeper than that, Aesa."

In this book you see the relationships Aesa has with her father, a relationship she is trying to mend, and the one she has with the sea. Truly moving and emotion filled, both relationships. Aesa struggles with so much but still has the strength to go on, to move forward in fixing what was broken in the past. Along this journey she meets Decker. I am a sucker for the quiet, strong, and kind type. Decker, well he is a whole lot of man who a lot of admirable traits. You see Aesa fall for this man and you love it because you can't help but not.

“Disappointment and sadness don't have to be your life anymore. You can choose to have more,” he whispered, his head hanging just above me. “You can choose me...”

This book is also filled with action, heart stopping moments when you are asking yourself, what next? What happens?? There was a something that happens in the end of book, I won't give it away, that usually in books I just really don't like, but in this book? It worked, it made sense, I understood why she did it and I loved how Decker and her figured it out. Together. Aesa is one strong woman who has gone through her share of heartbreak but she still comes out strong and you can't help but wonder if the same sea that has caused this heartache isn't also the balm that soothes parts of her soul. 

This is a book that is less about me telling you to read it but encouraging you to experience it. That is my best advice, just trust me and read it.




About the Author 
If you're dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I'm a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word 'portfolio'. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word "rectum" (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times. I'm obsessed with urban fantasy... When I discovered that genre, I knew I had found my tribe. Now I write in that world because that's what the voices in my head tell me to do. And they are very, very loud.

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