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Can’t Wait for Books of 2014 – October

With so many exciting books coming out this year, the felines thought it would be fun to do a monthly post showcasing titles that they are anxious to get their paws on. Here are their picks for this month. =^-^=


Sara’s Choice: Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly

Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Feiwel and Friends



The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

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Willow’s Choice: Poison Fruit (Agent of Hel #3) by Jacqueline Carey

Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Roc



The hot-as-Hel series with the “Sookie Stackhouse type of vibe” (Paranormal Horizon) is back—but this time the paranormal Midwestern town of Pemkowet is feeling a frost in the air and the residents are frozen in fear…

The Pemkowet Visitors Bureau has always promoted paranormal tourism—even if it has downplayed the risks (hobgoblins are unpredictable). It helps that the town is presided over by Daisy Johanssen, who as Hel’s liaison is authorized by the Norse goddess of the dead to keep Pemkowet under control. Normally, that’s easier to do in the winter, when bracing temperatures keep folks indoors.

But a new predator is on the prowl, and this one thrives on nightmares. Daisy is on her trail and working intimately with her partner and sometime lover from the Pemkowet PD, sexy yet unavailable werewolf Cody Fairfax. But even as the creature is racking up innocent victims, a greater danger looms on Pewkowet’s horizon.

As a result of a recent ghost uprising, an unknown adversary—represented by a hell-spawn lawyer with fiery powers of persuasion—has instigated a lawsuit against the town. If Pemkowet loses, Hel’s sovereignty will be jeopardized, and the fate of the eldritch community will be at stake. The only one who can prevent it is Daisy—but she’s going to have to confront her own worst nightmare to do it.

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The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat – Review

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Publisher: Chronicle Books

Date Released: August 5, 2014

Goodreads Description:

In a world filled with inspirational know-it-alls and quotable blowhards, only one figure is indifferent enough to tell the cranky truth: Grumpy Cat. Following the success of her New York Times bestselling debut, everyone’s favorite disgruntled feline is back with this demotivational guide to everyday life, love, friendship, and more. Featuring many new photos of Grumpy Cat’s famous frown and packed with uninspiring observations, The Grumpy Guide to Life will help anyone get in touch with their inner grouch.

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Let us first start off this review by saying we are big fans of our feline cousin Tartar Sauce (Aka Grumpy Cat). We follow her adventures on Facebook and Twitter, and we always enjoy visiting her website. So when we learned of this book, we insisted that our human pick up a copy for us to read. Let us say it was well worth it, murr! This was truly an enjoyable and humorous book. Grumpy’s advice on how to live a Grumpy lifestyle made us purr with delight. Between the illustrations and short text on each page, this quick read will surely brighten anyone’s day. It’s a novelty item which all readers will enjoy, whether four legged or two. Read it in one sitting, or read it over the span of a few days. However you plan on tackling it, prepare for a book that will leave a smile on your face once the last page has been turned. =^.^=

Feline Favorite Lines:

These are just a few of Grumpy’s bits of advice that we got a chuckle out of. We hope you find them as amusing as we did, murr! =^.^=

“Don’t be afraid to tell someone how you really feel. Bonus points if they start crying.”

“People are like balls of yarn. For the most part they’re boring and useless, but I still get a lot of pleasure out of watching them unravel.”

“It’s always good to have a partner in crime. You need someone to blame when people start asking questions.”

“When writing your own life story, be the villain.”

Cover Reveal: Rebellion by J.A. Souders

Today J.A. Souders and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for REBELLION, book 3 in the Elysium Chronicles releasing in June 5, 2015! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win the books below, murr! =^.^=



Publisher: TOR Teen

Release Date: June 9, 2015

Series: Elysium Chronicles #3

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About the Author:

jasouders121J.A. SOUDERS is the author of the Elysium Chronicles and lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing about the monsters under the bed, day dreaming about living in an underwater colony, and failing miserably at playing video games.

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1 winner will receive both ELYSIUM and REVELATIONS (books 1 & 2 in the series), plus the e-shorts, and a copy of ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas. If you have J.A.s books already, she will do an amazon or book depository gift card of the same value. To enter, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below!

The Creation of Divinity – A Guest Post by Michelle L. Johnson

Today we’d like to thank Michelle L. Johnson for visiting us during her Divinity Blog Tour hosted by Spence City. We hope that you all will enjoy her guest post discussing the creation of her book, Divinity. =^.^=


The Creation of Divinity

by Michelle L. Johnson

Writers are asked all the time where we get our ideas for the stories we tell, how we think up characters, how we come up with plots, and how we create all the other elements that make a story come alive.

The answer is different for each of us, and usually unique to the story itself. In my case, at least for my new novel Divinity, fiction grew out of reality spiced with a simple question, “what if?”

Several years ago, I enrolled in a memoir workshop at The Muse, a successful community writing center in Norfolk, VA. During the first class we talked about the different types of memoir and what we each might write about during the workshop. I was adopted as an infant, so I chose to write about the challenges of meeting and getting to know my biological mother as a 14-year-old.

I knew I had a story to tell, and hoped that others might learn from my experiences, but I also knew that my biological mother would be a compelling character. You see, she lived in her own world inside her head and had some very… interesting… beliefs. One of those beliefs was that she was married to the Archangel Gabriel.

The morning after that first memoir class I was thinking about my memoir project as I showered, searching for words that would adequately describe her, when this line popped into my head: “My mother is a raving lunatic and my father is the Archangel Gabriel. Please pass the potatoes.” As soon as I had that sentence, I pictured a large dining room table, a woman having dinner at her boyfriend’s mother’s house and having that awkward moment when asked “So, what do your parents do?”

I thought, what if it were true, what if her father really was the Archangel Gabriel?

Well, as I often do, I started imagining what a person half-human, half archangel would be like, why they would exist, what challenges they would face, what they might be able to do, the worlds they would know, the life they might lead. And, in keeping with my mega-multi-tasking life, I decided why not write two books? And so I started.

From that dinner table scene, I created Julia, the main character – a woman who has had a difficult life, and who suddenly learns that her father is, in fact, the Archangel Gabriel. A woman who is just beginning to find her way on Earth and who now must suddenly function in two worlds, discovering the power and responsibility that comes with her angel half while living a very human existence.

I started out writing one chapter of the memoir, then one chapter of Divinity.

I learned that writing a memoir is tough work. You have to dig down deep and rip your heart out, and then serve it to the page, and to readers. You are forced to try to see the situation from all points of view, including those you may not have had any empathy for in the past. You’re telling a story that you don’t control, because it’s already been told, and you’re reliving an important and life-altering period in your own life.

At first, writing Divinity gave me a break from the intensity of the writing the memoir. Writing the novel gave me balance at a time when I needed some light in the darkness, balance after writing material that often left me feeling unbalanced.

In time – a fairly short time – Divinity took over. I was having too much fun getting to know Julia, watching her grow as she learned the truth about her family history, as she encountered all the Archangels and learned that each had their own agenda and purpose, as she learned how to use the powers her angel half offered her, and as she faced the unknown threat of the A’nwel.

The memoir sits on a nearby shelf, about two-thirds finished, a project that I keep telling myself I’ll finish soon.

Right now, though, I’m too engrossed in writing the sequel to Divinity, watching as Julia continues to evolve, and to make surprising discoveries about the nature of heaven, Earth, and the forces that would change both.


About the Book:

Divinity_highPublisher: Spence City

Release Date: September 23, 2014


When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she’s left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel. With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart. Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A’nwel and protect the family she never knew she had. What she doesn’t know is that Archangels have secrets too.


About the Author:

MichelleJohnsonMichelle L. Johnson was born in Ohio and adopted by Canadians. They traveled all over North America, and when they weren’t on the road Michelle could be found with her nose buried deeply in the pages of a book. With all of her travels and adventures, she hopes to bring some of her unique perspective to the pages and to entertain others the way all of her heroes have for her. When she’s not hanging out with her feathered friends, she’s busy being a literary agent with Inklings Literary Agency. She says wherever she hangs her coffee mug is her home, and right now that’s a toasty warm Jacksonville, Florida with her happy Cocker Spaniel and her small family.

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Book Blitz: Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard

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Yeah, we are suckers for Phantom of the Opera adaptations. This one sounds intriguing and we’re giving serious thought toward reading it at some point, murr! =^.^=

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Publisher: Boot in the Door Publications

Date Released: April 6, 2014


Christine Dadey’s family uprooted their lives and moved to Houston for her to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. Now, two years later, Christine struggles to compete among the Academy’s finest dancers, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and she’s told no one about her debilitating performance anxiety and what she’s willing to do to cope with it.

Erik was a ballet prodigy, a savant, destined to be a star on the world’s stage, but a suspicious fire left Erik’s face horribly disfigured. Now, a lonely phantom forced to keep his scars hidden, he spends his nights haunting the theater halls, mourning all he’s lost. Then, from behind the curtain he sees the lovely Christine. The moldable, malleable Christine.

Drawn in by Erik’s unwavering confidence, Christine allows herself to believe Erik’s declarations that he can transform her into the dancer she longs to be. But Christine’s hope of achieving her dreams may be her undoing when she learns Erik is not everything he claims. And before long, Erik’s shadowy past jeopardizes Christine’s unstable present as his obsession with her becomes hopelessly entangled with his plans for revenge.

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I cast about. Was he behind me?

            “Van, are you messing with me?”

            “Your technique is flawless, but you stifle your gift with it.”

            To my left. He was behind the curtain to my left.

            “Who’s there?” The voice had a gravelly edge to it. There was no way it was Van’s high-pitched, juvenile speech.

            Rather than answer me, the guy continued his critique. “You worry too much about your form. You should trust your body to do what it’s trained to do.”

            I trod over and yanked back a curtain. “Who’s there? Are you one of the Diamondbacks?” That of course was ludicrous, because the only formation they knew was on a football field.

            Then it dawned on me. “Oh, you’re a security guard. Well, I was about to leave,” I explained to him. “I was looking for Evander Woodruff, and I—”

            “I’m a dancer.”


            “I’m a dancer.”

            “Oh. A member of the company?”

            “Not this company.”

            “What company are you with?”

            “I’m not.”

            “You’re not making sense. And where are you?” I twisted my head like an owl.

            “Behind the curtains.”

            “Yeah, I got that.” It sounded like he’d moved so I did a one-eighty to follow his path. “But why?”

            He hesitated. “It’s what works for me.”


            “Let’s just say I have my reasons.” His tone was superior and sounded strangely familiar. “But I saw your dancing,” he said. “And your technique really is outstanding, but you’re uptight and it shows.”

            “Excuse me.” I sputtered.

            “Don’t be offended.” He chuckled. “I just think some of your steps were stiff and it needed to be pointed out.”

            “And you think you’re the one to do that.”

            “Well, yeah. It doesn’t seem anyone at this ridiculous school knows how to help you.”

About the Author:

lesa howardI’m not the typical author. I didn’t always enjoy reading or writing. While in school, I found it to be a chore I’d just as soon skip. I would rather have been daydreaming, my favorite past time. It wasn’t until I grew up and didn’t have to, that I realized reading was fun. I soon discovered that reading fueled my daydreaming. So, remembering a short story I’d written in high school, I began imagining expanding that story into a book. Before long I found I had loads of ideas for not just the short story but other books and stories as well. Fast forward a few years, a lot of studying about writing, practicing my writing, studying some more, taking classes from people who knew what they were doing, studying and practicing yet more, and ta-dah, author! In the same way I had learned I loved reading, I learned I loved writing, too. It’s just that writing is a lot harder than reading.

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