Mar 31, 2015

Sorry Everyone!! Haitus!!

Hello everyone!
    I just want to let everyone know how sorry I am for not posting reviews and keeping up with blog tours and what not. We found out my husband's orders and this was my first big move. I just moved here two weeks ago and ever since we moved into our new home, his friends have been over everyday so I have been extremely busy. But I will try and get everything caught up once I am caught up with homework. His friends are leaving Wednesday to their new station so he wanted to spend as much time with them as he can. Please forgive me *bows*
Love Catina

Mar 27, 2015

Spotlight & Book Review: Awaiting Fate by J.L. Sheppard

Title: Awaiting Fate
Author: J.L. Sheppard
Series: Fated Immortals Book One
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Published Date: March 27th, 2015
Pages: 306
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Cain Thaler’s lived more than four hundred years fighting rogue immortals, avenging the family he’d lost. It’s all he’s needed, all he’s wanted. That changes the fateful day he lays eyes on his fated mate.

Olivia Waden, a werewolf princess, is nothing like him. Unwilling to give her up, he sets a plan into motion: ignoring his need to claim her, he befriends her. Despite Cain's best efforts at friendship, Olivia has fallen hard for him. It is him she dreams of, him she wants as her fated mate. But she is sure he doesn't feel the same way. In way over her head, she has no option but to run away from the only man she's ever loved.

Will Cain find Olivia before it's too late or will their differences tear them apart?
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After waiting centuries for his mate he finally finds her while watching over the King's wife's sister Jocelyn. Cain, at that moment had the distant instinct to take her and make her his own. He followed her for a little while and found out she was also an immortal but a werewolf. Her brother is also the alpha of the pack. 

Olivia doesn't know much about the immortal world because her brother is a little bit overprotective of her. She is also kept on watch and is always left in her home away from everyone. But one day her brother decides to take her to the immortal council and she meets Cain. After a little while Cain befriends Olivia and decides to give her time to adjust some more to the Immortal life and learn more about everything before he decides to tell her that she is his. But is it too late to do so on Cain's part? This is a beautiful love story and I really like the way Cain fought his urges to take her then and there. He wanted to make sure Olivia was ready for everything and I find that sweet. Olivia knows that she can't tell if she is his mate but she really wants to be. She gets away from him because she loves him. She doesn't believe she is is mate and he doesn't show her that she is, he treats her more as a friend. When he finds out she left, he thinks it was because she knew she was his mate or because she was just running away. But he feels like crap afterwards. 

But as for everything that is going on Olivia's brother Landon has other ideas for her. So could this mean a huge fight between Cain and Landon? Will Olivia have to chose between her brother who has loved her and tried to protect her all her life or the man she loves who suddenly pops up in her life?  

really feel in love with the characters, Cain is a bundle of hotness and Olivia is outgoing and beautiful. I really enjoyed ever part of this book and can't wait for the second one. Everything about this book blew me away from the characters to the story line. J.L Sheppard did a wonderful job writing this story.

About the Author:
J.L. Sheppard was born and raised in Miami, Florida where she still lives with her husband and son.

As a child, her greatest aspiration was to become a writer. She read often, kept a journal and wrote countless poems. She attended Florida International University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Communications. During her senior year, she interned at NBC Miami, WTVJ. Following the internship, she was hired and worked in the News Department for three years.

It wasn’t until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King’s Desire, which was published in January of 2013.

Besides reading and writing, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.
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Mar 25, 2015

YA Spring Fling: Paranormal Authors

From March 20th to April 3rd, over 70 authors come together to give away hundreds of books. The YA Spring Fling is an opportunity for readers to find new books, new authors and take part in something very special. Here is a sneak peek of some of the books involved in the giveaway.

All are featured in the YA Spring Fling giveaway. Click here to win free books!

Minor Gods and the Complete Summoners series by A.M. Yates
After witnessing her mother's murder by a vengeful Earth Goddess, seventeen-year-old Josie wants nothing more than to seek justice. But when she becomes a target too, a shadowy Fire God comes to her aid.
The Complete Summoners Series
Minor Gods, Lost Gods, and Fated Gods

The 13th: Destiny Awaits and Frozen Destiny by Ela Lond
Kate, the school outcast, has always been able to see ghosts, and she constantly fears that someday, her so-called 'gift' will drive her mad like it did her mother.

In the haunted ruins of an old monastery, seven teenagers have gone missing in recent years. Kate, who is the Soul Reaper, goes there with her friends to investigate

Prophecy Girl by Faith McKay
Destiny: it doesn't really matter if your mother kills you first.

Sound of Sirens by Jen Minkman
An ancient land protected by a Tower of Light, its people ever tempted by Siren son and a girl who falls for the wrong boy.

Untethered by Katie Hayoz
Sylvie is a social misfit who accidentally astral projects. She's been pushing away her power for years.  But when the boy she loves falls for someone else, she finally decides to make use of her gift...for all the wrong reasons.

Grunge Gods and Graveyards by Kimberley G. Giarratano
It's 1996 and 17-year-old Lainey Bloom harbors intense guilt over the death of Danny Obregon, the only boy Lainey's ever loved until the one night when Danny's ghost comes back begging for her help. To save Danny, Lainey must go up against her family, best friend and the entire town.

Kissed and Destroyed by Kimberley Loth
Three Boys. Two Kisses. One Devastating Choice.

Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel
Getting close to MJ could cost more than her heart--it could cost Maddy her soul.

Guardians: The Girl by Lola Stvil
They told us to walk away from our love but we couldn't........And now the world is burning.....

Aqua by M.A. George
Seventeen-year-old Layla McKelland's new coastal home brings intriguing new friends, who reveal secrets about her missing father that run deeper than the gulf waters.

Sleepless by Michael Omer
Amy knew she’d hate Narrowdale, a boring suburban town. How could it possibly compare to L.A., where she lived her entire life?

And that was before she started having the same nightmare over and over again, Before she woke up every night to a shrill whistle outside her window.

Some things seem to happen only in Narrowdale, where dark secrets are hiding beneath the surface…

Wave Links to Gods by Randall Boleyn
The truth about the links might be deadly for Llad Fleck. Searching for clues about his cryptic lineage to Norse berserkers, he fights for his life against a powerful paranormal enemy. Haunted by dreams of a mysterious girl trying to help him learn to use the bizarre psychic talents, Llad needs sort out the truth—if he is to survive.

Hidden by Shalini Boland
Now an international bestseller. Fans of Twilight and Interview with the Vampire will enjoy this paranormal adventure that spans the centuries. On her sixteenth birthday, Madison Greene inherits a huge mansion house... but the house hides a secret. Eighteen-year-old Alexandre lives in 19th century Paris. Spoilt and bored, he longs for adventure, but he should be careful what he wishes for. Madison and Alexandre's lives are about to collide. Falling in love has never been so dangerous . . .

Hidden Intentions by Stacy Claflin
Clara is keeping a dark and deadly secret from the love of her life. If she tells him, she could lose him. If she doesn’t tell him, she will.

Finned, Rifted and Overfalls by Sutton Shields
Hook (pun totally intended): Take a fish-phobic girl, divide her by one hot merman, add a splash of his crazy ex-merbitch, and you get one stinky school year.

Two secret wishes. Only one will be granted. Let the Mer-Nor Games begin.

Someone wicked walks among them. Heartbreak usually requires time to heal. For Marina Valentine, however, time has other plans: like sticking her with a shiny, stubborn accessory, sending her on a surprising date with someone other than Troy Tombolo, and introducing her lips to kisses that could save or destroy everything and everyone.

Steths Cognition by Karl Fields
A 16-year-old with the ability to hear heartbeats, and the emotions within them, must act to save a wrongly condemned man from the death penalty.

First Impression by Pauline Creeden
Chirac lives as an outcast in her private school until her best friend invites her on a trip with the popular kids to scope out a haunted house. When the malevolent spirit targets the group, the new kid in school, Ben, seems to know more about surviving the situation than anyone else.

The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader
When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…

Doppelganger by Milda Harris
Sixteen-year-old Citrus Leahy gets to school late one day and sees herself already inside her classroom. It's probably aliens taking over the world and her life has just turned totally upside down. Luckily, her crush Aedan has the exact same problem!

Q & A with the organizer – Sarah Dalton
How can readers enter the YA Spring Fling giveaway?
Head over to my website and find the page for the YA Spring Fling (handy hint, it’s HERE). Once you’re there you can browse through the books on offer, or check out more information about the participating authors.

You should see plenty of links prompting you to enter the giveaway. Simply fill out the Google document telling us which books you’d like to win, the format you prefer, and whether you would also like to win paperbacks and swag. It’s that simple. Pick the books you want and sign off.

How will I know I’ve won?
There are so many books on offer that I’d be surprised if you didn’t win something! So you will be hearing from us. ☺

After April 3rd, I will collate all the entries and pass them on to the participating authors. They will then choose the winners at random and Email the winners to let them know the good news.

Will my Email or personal details be used outside the giveaway?
Absolutely not. We’re all against spam and promise not to use your Email for anything other than contacting you as a winner. If you joined up to the YA Spring Fling mailing list you will receive one Email telling you the giveaway is open, and another warning you it is about to close. That’s it!

Is the giveaway open internationally?
Yes! But there are some paperbacks on offer that are region specific. Not all of our authors are sending paperbacks and swag internationally, purely because it costs us so much money and we ain’t made of it. ;)

We will ask for your country of residence in the Google document. That’s so we can work out the winners for region specific paperbacks more easily. Everything else is open internationally.

I have a question, who can I contact?
Me! Send me a message on Facebook. My Email might be clogged by answering author queries, so Facebook might be the easiest method.

Who can I tell about the giveaway? And what can I do to help spread the word?
You can tell everyone and anyone who might like YA books. If you’d like to spread the word it would be awesome if you could follow or like some of the authors and share their posts about the giveaway. You can find a full list of the participating authors and their social media links here.

Mar 24, 2015

Interview with Angela V.Cook

Interview with Angela V.Cook
Catina: Hi Angela, I want to take the time to thank you for stopping by and doing this interview with me. Angela Cook is the author of Into a Million Pieces.

~Ouestions about the Author~
Catina: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Angela Cook: I live just outside of Detroit with my husband and two children. When I’m not staring at a blinking cursor, I can usually be found at the nearby police department (where I work part time) or dragging unwilling children to orthodontist appointments and soccer fields.
Catina: Do you have any special sayings or expressions?
Angela Cook: I’m a big believer in the expression “everything happens for a reason.” If something is meant to be, the universe (or God, depending on your beliefs) will find a way to make it happen, and if it doesn’t, there’s a reason why. Believing that powers bigger than me are at work takes some of the pressure off of me and makes life a little easier sometimes ;)
Catina: What is your favorite book? Why?
Angela Cook: Oh goodness… I don’t think I can pick just one. I adore just about anything by Toni Morrison. Oh, and I love Philippa Gregory’s Tudor series. In YA, I practically worship Stephanie Perkins and Rainbow Rowell. However, one of my all-time favorite books is probably THE GREAT GATSBY. I love that whole time period of fedoras, flapper dresses, and mint juleps. And the theme of the story--unrequited and undying love--is timeless.  
Catina: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Angela Cook: I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and I wrote off and on all throughout my childhood and teenage years, but it took an early midlife crisis to make me realize I wanted to try my hand at this whole getting-published thing.
Catina: What books/authors influenced you to write your first book?
Angela Cook: I know some people will cringe when they read this, but actually, it was Stephenie Meyer. I was one of those readers who became obsessed with her books, and when I found out she was a stay-at-home mom (just like me at the time) when she wrote Twilight, I got inspired. I figured, if she could do it, so could I.

~Questions about your book~
Catina: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Angela Cook: Hmm… I don’t know. I think it was just another way for me to express my imagination. When I was younger, I played with Barbies and dolls, but as I got older, I had to find different ways to express my imagination (apparently adults playing with dolls is frowned upon, heh). Writing was just the medium I chose to do so.
Catina: Where did you get your ideas for your book?
Angela Cook: During the summer of 2010, there was a short-lived TV show called The Gates. It was about a gated community where the residents were of the supernatural persuasion (werewolves, vampires, witches, etc.).  One of the residents was a teenage succubus. Every time this girl kissed her boyfriend, she absorbed some of his life energy, which in turn weakened him. I had never heard of a succubus, but I loved the idea of a teenage girl who was in love, but couldn’t so much as kiss her boyfriend without harming him. It was then the wheels of creativity started turning.  
Catina: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Angela Cook: My main character is Allison. She’s a seventeen-year-old succubus, which means she has the ability to drain life energy from men. A kiss from her will weaken them, but losing her virginity means a man loses his life. Luckily, Allison wants nothing to do with the deadly curse that has plagued the women of her family for generations and refuses to go down the same murderous path as her mother. Therefore, she does her best to avoid the attention of men by hiding her cursed good looks behind dark clothes and makeup. However, fighting her own destiny isn’t all she has to worry about. She also has to make sure her reckless sister, Jade, keeps her succubus side hidden, while dealing with an overly religious aunt.
Catina: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Angela Cook: Finding the time to do it! I work outside the home, plus I have two kids and a husband. The kids have homework and extracurricular activities, and the husband—for some strange reason—likes to spend time with his wife on occasion. So yeah… time is a very valuable commodity.
Catina: What are your current projects?
Angela Cook: I have two other manuscripts that I wrote after IaMP, but those are on hold right now, because I’m writing a sequel to IAMP that I’m really, really, REALLY excited about. A sequel wasn’t necessary, and I even debated whether or not to write one (the book could stand alone as is), but I just don’t feel like Allison’s story is over. I have questions I want answered, and to be honest, writing about a teenage succubus is exciting! I really enjoyed writing IAMP, and I feel that same excitement as I continue Allison’s story.

Catina: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Angela Cook: Get to know other writers. Share your work with them. Don’t be afraid of constructive criticism. It can be difficult to take at first, but if you want to grow as a writer, you have to be willing to not only take criticism, but also be willing to utilize it through the revision process.

These questions were fun and unique! Thanks so much for having me!

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