Book Blitz with Giveaway: Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow

Book BlitzI recently shared information on the new series by Michelle Madow, The Secret Diamond Sisters. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, was just released! Read on for more information, and don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end of this post!

Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle MadowDiamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2)
by Michelle Madow
Release Date: 10/28/14
Harlequin Teen
448 pages

Summary from Goodreads: All-access doesn’t mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah’s YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don’t keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters’ archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow’s riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

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Information on Book 1, The Secret Diamond Sisters, can be found at THIS POST.

CourtneyCourtney’s character bio: Courtney is sixteen years old, and is the middle Diamond sister. She’s the responsible one—she studies hard, does well in school, is a student tutor, and works after school and on weekends to help out her family. Her main goal is to keep up her grades and do well on her SATs so she can get into Stanford, her dream school. She wants to major in English and someday get a career in publishing. She’s competitive with herself and always strives to do her best.

Courtney’s closest friends are her sisters—with all the time she spends on school and work, she doesn’t have time for anyone else. She’s never had a boyfriend and is fine with waiting to date until college. (She doesn’t need any distractions right now!) She’s not into the high school party scene, and whenever she has time in her busy schedule, her favorite thing to do is read novels. She also loves listening to Broadway music (Phantom of the Opera and Wicked are her favorites) and would love to see a live show someday.

She’s a natural early bird, and is always awake before her sisters. She could happily wear jeans, t-shirts, and flip-flops every day, and always goes natural with her makeup. Her favorite drink is chai tea. She’s quiet and reserved while first meeting someone, but she will do anything for the people she loves. She would love to travel the world to see historic sites and well-known museums, but it’s always felt more like a dream than a possible reality.

Michelle MadowAbout the Author: Michelle Madow was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters series while walking through her favorite hotel in Las Vegas. The next book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, launches in October. Prior to The Secret Diamond Sisters, she successfully self-published The Transcend Time Saga. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. A graduate of Rollins College, Michelle lives in Florida … but she loves going to Vegas.

To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow’s Street Team on Facebook!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s been another not-so-busy blog week, but I’m OK with that. I actually read more than I reviewed, because sometimes I have to schedule reviews weeks — or even months — in advance. You know, so they post closer to release day for the book in question.

Last Week’s Review:

Eventide by Christine Allen-RileyYep, just the one. Click the cover for the review. There’s also a giveaway with this one, so make sure to check it out!

Other Post:

Ralph Conway’s Immortal Diary by E.P. RoseJust click the image to get to the post. This is something I’m excited about! Through the month of November, I’ll post new parts of November: Ralph Conway’s Immortal Diary by E.P. Rose. Click the cover to find my introduction about it, as well as a link to the book’s Preface. November 1, this Saturday, is when the posts begin!

What I’m Reading Now:

Endure ~ Almost done. Probably will finish this afternoon. | Crash the Chatterbox ~ Hopefully will finish this week. | Dangerous Women ~ I’m making decent progress. I hope to have it finished before it’s due at the library. I really don’t want to check it out again! | Beyond the Bake Sale ~ Considering taking this off my currently reading list until I’m more able to devote time to reading it.

On Deck:

This week is lighter, believe it or not! Maybe I can get a few kids’ books read. My kids are on fall break, I’m off work. It seems doable.

So, how about you? What’s your week in books look like?

If you’re here as part of this meme, please make sure to let me know — especially if you’re new. I’d love to return the visit. (Oh, and be careful. My comments have been a bit wonky. If your comment doesn’t appear right away, please shoot me an email so I can make sure it’s not in spam!)
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Coming Soon: November: Ralph Conway’s Immortal Diary by E.P. Rose

Ralph Conway’s Immortal Diary by E.P. RoseI’m excited to be offering something new and different through the month of November! I wanted to tell you now, because it’s a month-long serialization of a new novel! It’ll be much easier to start at the beginning if you know it’s coming! The finer details are below.

Every day in November, I’ll be posting a chapter from E.P.Rose’s new novel: NOVEMBER: Ralph Conway’s Immortal Diary. 

The book will be published mid December – so you’ll be getting it before anyone else!

What’s it about?

Ralph Conway is a messed-up master-of-wine.
What with being unable to do his job,
and his girlfriend going on hunger strike,
and everything in the world being so crap,
he concludes that suicide is obviously the sensible option,
so he kills himself,
only to discover that he seems to be immortal.

This is Ralph Conway’s diary, written as the reality of immortality dawns.

E.P. RoseYou can read the preface now here: http://www.tablethirteenbooks.com/november-preface/.

Then come back every day in November to read each new entry in Ralph Conway’s immortal diary.

For more information about E.P.Rose and his books visit: http://www.tablethirteenbooks.com.
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Review with GIVEAWAY: Eventide

Eventide by Christine Allen-RileyTitle: Eventide
Author: Christine Allen-Riley
Series: Iron Falls #1

About: The driver in a tragic car accident that killed her best friend, Devon Greer is consumed by guilt. When powerful hallucinations convince her that she’s seeing Rachael everywhere, Devon thinks she’s going crazy. But her friend isn’t truly gone.

To save Rachael from the faeries who stole her, Devon must pit herself against the Court of the Sidhe. Once she witnesses the true form of the fey, Devon’s life is in danger—and so are the lives of everyone she loves.

Now, Devon must not only protect herself, but also Jonah Seafort, Rachael’s cousin and the only person Devon can trust to help her. While the Sidhe walk among them, no one is safe.

My Thoughts: This book had me at the mention of faeries. I’m a bit of a sucker for books with faeries in them. I must say off the bat that this one reminded me a bit of Carrie Jones’ Need series. It’s different enough that it didn’t bother me, but there are definite similarities. And definite differences. I don’t think the similarities are enough to detract from the story.

Devon is an interesting person. Right off the bat, you feel kinda bad for her. Poor thing lost her best friend in one bad accident, and swiftly became the social pariah. Everyone in her small school turned on her, blaming her for the accident. And she, of course, blames herself, too. Sometimes, though, it felt like she’s bound and determined to hate herself for this, even when something positive happens. I didn’t particularly like that. She was somewhat inconsistent — mostly accepting her classmates’ abuse while occasionally standing up to them. I loved her witty comebacks whenever she dished them out. I wanted to see her stick up for herself more.

There were some eye-rolling moments in the book. Things where the solution was painfully obvious to me, and I couldn’t see how Devon couldn’t find the answers herself. In many instances, it was like she had to rediscover things that she’d clearly learned at a later date. I get that you can’t always remember everything you learn, but she seemed denser than I’d expect.

The stuff with the Sidhe seemed way too easily resolved, but then going into this you know it’s the start of a series. Even without the Queen’s threats, you know there’s no way it’s over yet. In fact, we’re just getting started! I do want to see how things play out. I do think I’ll read the next book, Darkling Night, which is slated for late next year.

3 StarsSource: Received through YA Bound Book Tours for review. (Click the button below for more tour stops.)

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Christine Allen-RileyAbout the Author: Lover of books, nature, cats and shiny things. Active disliker of cooking, cleaning and stress. Mom, freelance editor & YA author – also a bit of a nerd.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Monday! What Are You Reading?I skipped again. Unintentionally, I swear. I had a last-minute trip out of town to see my parents, and just wasn’t able to get a post done on time. (This is one I don’t work too far ahead on, because what I’m in the middle of can chance in a matter of a day or two.) Like last time, I’ll give the rundown on the last two weeks. (And, yes, it feels like I should’ve done more reading over two weeks, but it just didn’t happen.)

Last Two Weeks’ Reviews:

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales | Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins | Prophecy by Julie Anne Lindsey

Other Posts:

The Book of Three winner | The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow book blitz

What I’m Reading Now:

Dream a Little Dream ~ Started it this morning, and am already halfway through. It’s lots of fun! | Crash the Chatterbox ~ Yeah, yeah, I know! I need to just bite the bullet and finish it. | Dangerous Women ~ Got it back from the library — again! Already made some more progress. Hopefully this’ll be the LAST time! | Beyond the Bake Sale ~ Yeah, gotta start this one over. It’s been too long. But I’m still not giving up!

On Deck this Week:

I was hoping to get caught up on kids’ books. Clearly I’ve not been able to. Maybe by the end of the month — I hope! We’ll see. Work is gonna be crazy this week. That always cuts into my reading time!

So, how about you? What’s your week in books look like?

If you’re here as part of this meme, please make sure to let me know — especially if you’re new. I’d love to return the visit. (Oh, and be careful. My comments have been a bit wonky. If your comment doesn’t appear right away, please shoot me an email so I can make sure it’s not in spam!)
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Review with GIVEAWAY: Prophecy

Prophecy by Julie Anne LindseyTitle: Prophecy
Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Series: Calypso #1

About: On the other side of death, is destiny.

Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.

Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend…who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, Callie discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.

My Thoughts: This book had me at mythology. Hints at mythology are a good way to get me interested. Make it sound like an interesting twist to the tried-and-true tales, and I’m unable to say no. So … mythology? Check. Interesting twist? Check.

While, overall, I found myself wanting to keep going, wanting to see how it’s going to play out, how things are going to come together … well, overall? I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped I’d be. For one, there’s just so much implausible. Yes, yes, I know. It’s fantasy — and based on mythology — but even knowing that there just were things I found hard to accept. For example (no, not a spoiler), Callie’s easy acceptance of Liam’s explanation of exactly who/what he is and all that entails. Most girls raised normally, as Callie seems to have been, wouldn’t just accept all of that as fact without at least a small freakout moment. Even if she has seen Liam beheading someone. Especially once you read the circumstances — she could easily have written that off.

I do have a spoiler-type question, but I will refrain, as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Although, this was highly predictable. Even the “twist” at the end? Yeah, saw that coming from way too early on in the story.

And we have more insta-love. I’m sorry, but it just does not work that way. I don’t care who you are — or who he is. Or how hot he is. Or anything else.

Callie was likable and annoying all rolled into one. She’s way too into hating on her dad for cheating on her mom. Yes, I know, that affects kids, too — but more than it would affect her mom? Doubtful. Not wanting to accept her dad’s money (he’s loaded, it seems) to make it through college? Made no sense to me. But, I supposed teenagers aren’t known for always making sense, right? ;) She is a strong lead, despite being wishy-washy about things.

Liam was a bit over-the-top for me, but I suspect many a young reader might fall for him. Or Justin (who wasn’t over-the-top). Or even Oliver.

Despite my complaints, I did enjoy the book. I found myself drawn in by the conflict and the mythology, waiting to see how things would unfold. I was also interested to see if my predictions were right. (Yes, they were.)

3 StarsSource: Received through YA Bound Book Tours for review. (Click the button below for more tour stops.)

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Julie Anne LindseyAbout the Author: Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

Find Julie online:
Julieannelindsey.com | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram | Blogging at Musings from the Slush Pile

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Book Blitz with Giveaway: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

Book BlitzI’m excited to share with you a new exciting series coming to you from Michelle Madow, author of the Transcend Time Saga.

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle MadowThe Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
by Michelle Madow
Release Date: 02/25/13
Harlequin Teen
381 pages

Summary from Goodreads: Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite.

Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

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“Sexy and often electrifying … Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps.” — Booklist

“This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour … get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride.” — RT Book Reviews

SavannahSavannah’s Character Bio: At fifteen years old, Savannah is the youngest Diamond sister. Her older sisters have sheltered her for her entire life. Despite her rough upbringing, she’s optimistic and wants to think the best of people, although this can sometimes lead to her coming off as naïve. She wants to fit in at school, but has always felt like an outsider. She tends to feel overshadowed by the people around her. She trusts easily, and it sometimes leads to her getting hurt, but she’s always there for her sisters and friends when they need her!

Savannah loves singing, and has a fantastic voice, so it’s her ultimate dream to be a famous pop star. She’s been stage fright since a talent show disaster in middle school, but wants to record cover songs and post them on YouTube to try to get a following, like the YouTube stars she idolizes. She also plays guitar, but is self-taught, so she’s still learning how to improve. She mainly plays to accompany herself while singing. She’s athletic, and played on the JV volleyball team in her school in her hometown. She hopes to make Varsity as a sophomore.

She loves shopping and wearing anything that sparkles—dresses, nail polish, shoes, eye shadow, you name it! She loves reading fashion magazines and trying to duplicate the high-end styles worn by the models. Her favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and her favorite food is pancakes. Savannah has never had a serious boyfriend, and wants more than anything to believe that true love is possible!

Michelle MadowAbout the Author: Michelle Madow was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters series while walking through her favorite hotel in Las Vegas. The next book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, launches in October. Prior to The Secret Diamond Sisters, she successfully self-published The Transcend Time Saga. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. A graduate of Rollins College, Michelle lives in Florida … but she loves going to Vegas.

To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow’s Street Team on Facebook!

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