Free Agent

Review: Free Agent by J.C. Nelson

Where You Are

Review: Where You Are by Alla Kar

Feral Sins

Review: Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright

Opposition

Release Day: Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout

Real

Review: Real by Katy Evans

Thursday, October 30, 2014

{Book Tours: Author Post + Giveaway} of COMPULSION by Martina Boone


Author Guest Post  - Martina Boone

Thanks so much for having me on the blog today! It’s great to be here with you.

1: Where did you get your inspiration on a haunted ghost plantation? 


I love huge, old houses with lots of character, and the plantations like Boone Hall around the Charleston area have always fascinated me. It forms the basis for a lot of the physical structure of Watson’s Landing plantation. The inspiration for Watson Island is really Edisto Island, which is just beautiful. The history is largely based on snipers of actual history in the area, that I’ve woven around bits of made-up mythology. As for the spirits, there really is Fire Carrier legend in Native American lore, and there are little people, yunwi, but I’ve twisted them and shaped them in ways that serve the story.

2: What did you enjoy most about writing/creating the character Barrie?

I adore Barrie. Don’t get me wrong, she drives me nuts. She’s been so sheltered that she has no clue about how to read people, and she’s so desperate for family and connection that she’s willing to risk just about anything to prove that she correctly sees the good in people. Obviously, certain people let her down. But what I loved writing about her was just letting her go and watching what happened. She’s so gallant and strong, in a non-sword-weilding way, that she always kept me on my toes.

3: What are some quirks you do to get yourself in the mind set to write a story. Listen to a certain band, watch television, draw?

I drink a ton of chocolate tea, and I keep my laptop on my lap. It’s weird, but i can’t work with it on a table. Then I go back and read the past chapter, and make any revisions that I notice are needed. Once I’ve done that, I’m back in the groove and I can keep working. : )



Title: COMPULSION (Heirs of Watson Island #1)
Author: Martina Boone
Pub. Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in this spellbinding new trilogy.

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

"Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you'll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series." -- #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout.




About Martina:
Martina Boone writes contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she would love to visit. She is the founder of YASeriesInsiders.com and AdventuresinYAPublishing.com, a two-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers blog. If you like romance steeped in mystery, mayhem, Spanish moss, and a bit of magic, she hopes you'll look forward to meeting Barrie, Eight, Cassie, Pru, Seven and the other characters of Watson Island.


Giveaway Details:
(1)  $100 Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Depository Gift Card.  International.
(10) Prize packs with igned Copies of Compulsion. US Only.
(3) Swag packs containing a Compulsion necklace, key bookmark, signed bookplate, and “I have a Compulsion for reading” temporary tattoos. International.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Her Perfect Game by Shannyn Schroeder


Her Perfect Game by Shannyn Schroeder
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: New Adult, Romance, Gaming
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:
Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…

Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn't quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she's entering a "hackfest" over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who's been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can't fight the desire that comes rushing back.

Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they're face to face again, he doesn't know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he's offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?

REVIEW:

Second installment to the Hot & Nerdy series, Schroeder brings her readers into the world of online gaming. For those who are familiar with WOW, Call of Duty, and such, this will be a fun one for you too read. I’m a huge comic nerd and I play video games with my husband so I was uber excited to start this book.

Her Perfect Game follows Charlie Castle whose talents lie within the tech world. She is a master hacker and online game enthusiast, while college didn’t seem like the right fit, programing and hacking is where she hopes to find a career one day in. She loves one game in particular where she befriends a player name Win. She enters the “Hackfast” which is for people with those talents to show companies how to improve their game experience and keep out the “hackers. Charlie however runs into her ex Jonah at the con, where their relationship awakens and her heart must decide on Jonas or her online crush Win.

Charlie is a genius, well… in my opinion. Anyone that can hack and has the talent to understand coding is extremely talented. She has a nerdy personality but is also fierce and passionate when it comes to tech, gaming and romance. I love the idea of how an online game reunited two past lovers, how Charlie must decide on trusting Jonah or if she would rather live in the online world and escape the past.

Jonah is just like Charlie and knew when he was with her that she was special. But something bad happened and felt he needed to let her go. Which in the end he never did. Since he helps maintain the very game Charlie loves. Jonah works for a company that helps host the “Hackfest” thus meeting the one girl he could never forget. Second chances are definitely romantic in this story sense.

Overall this was a cute quick read with lots to love for someone like me who loves conventions. I felt I was reading about comic con while Charlie and Jonah walked around the convention, it was awesome. My only issues were wishing the story was a bit longer; I wanted to know more about the Hackfest and whish Charlie hadn’t given up so easily. Lastly I wish the ending wasn’t so quick, that there were more challenges or discussions that happened to work out the issues that happened between the two leads. I do also feel that this can be read as a stand alone, but I also felt like I was missing something not reading the first book. The romance was hot and heavy, and I could really feel their chemistry. In the end this was such a fun read, I love nerdy anything and I just fell for these two and the quest for online love.



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About the Author
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

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{Release Day Launch}! of ALL BROKE DOWN Cora Carmack

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Yowza! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN!! ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.

All Broke Down

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About ALL BROKE DOWN:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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Excerpt:

I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her.

“We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?”

She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other.

“He said the wrong thing.”

“Which was?”

“Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is.

“I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.”

“This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.”

“But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?”

She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand.

“I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.”

“And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curlmy other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer.

“I feel plenty of things.”

The teasing stops. She swallows.

“I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.”

With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time.

“Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.”

“Is that Stella girl an ex?”

I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself.

“Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.”

“Have you—”

“Do you ever run out of questions?”

“Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting.

I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.”

Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment.

“Okay then. Are you—”

I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.”

I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.

And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL LINED UP Today!

All Lined Up

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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{Bltiz Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway} of Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee


Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee 
Publication date: October 28th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

BLURB:
I’m free. Fucking free!
I’m in college with my best friends and far, far from home!
With my Scheuermann’s disease as the excuse, my father kept me locked up at home all through high school. Here in Deepsilver, I can finally be me, Pandora, so—
Why the hell should I hold back?
They accept our fake IDs at Smother, our local haunt. I’m the life of the party, everyone loves me—hell, I could get away with murder in this place! Drunk off my ass, I dance on the bar, and—
I’m on top of the world!
I need to get my shit together, though. If I don’t pull off good grades, my father won’t pay my tuition. There’s no way I’m moving back into his “fortress.”
At the bar, I set my eyes on a gorgeous stranger. My plans don’t involve him long term; one night should be enough. But Dominic is more than I bargained for. God, I’m so drawn to this man. My skin hums at his touch because—
He expels the shadows of my past and replaces my pain with desire.
Perfect Dominic. Beautiful, graduating, soon-to-move-on-with-his-life Dominic.
I’m a wild child. A hot mess. Not grownup and focused like him. He’s addictive, and I am weak, but—screw this; I can wean myself off him! With the right antidote—
Addictions can be broken.


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AUTHOR BIO:
I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.

I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.

I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.

Author links: Site | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

EXCERPT
PANDORA WILD CHILD 
PANDORA
On his bench, I melt.
My shield shatters, and I am open to him.
He always gives me more than the hour I come for, and warm, strong hands slide over my bare skin in exactly the way he’s paid to do.
Still, there’s an electricity in the room when he’s near. My heart accelerates instead of slowing down. And sometimes, when I can’t help the way my insides clench for him, my breath stutters.
My response never goes unnoticed; for an instant, his hands freeze. Then, they resume their beautiful dance over me.
When I am starved for him, I flip on the bench. I shut my eyes because sometimes, sometimes, I am shy. He doesn’t speak, then. Through thin slits under my lashes, I watch him watch me.
Some days, his breath coasts light over my face before he kisses me. “Pandora,” he whispers, “I can’t do this here.”
I don’t answer. He stops massaging me, and his hands caress me instead. Glide over the ridges of my ribs until they brush the sides of my breasts.
I’ve got to get my shit together. My life’s a mess, and I love it, fear it, hate it. I’m driving him crazy. Driving myself crazy. But it is what I allow myself. For these few hours a week are my respite, when his hands quiet my mind. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

{Sign Up!} Dystopian Week Sign Ups Are Opened!

Dystopian Week 2014

We are super excited to be bringing this back again, we hope you are as excited as we are.  This year, Ali's Bookshelf and Seeing Night Reviews (Me) will be doing a few things different. Each blog will host a specific post about dystopian themed topics or challenge they’d like their readers to do to enter their giveaways. Also this year, we are including something a bit different, an extra daily mission that bloggers can post on their blogs.  They will be mini challenges and there will be another giveaway for you to enter if you do these challenges as well. 


Dystopian Week Blog Tour
Week November 10th - 14th 
THEME/CHALLENGES SIGNED UP
  • Ali's Bookshelf ~ The 5th Wave Theme Challenge (Giving away The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea)
  • Seeing Night Reviews ~  Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand and a "Name that Dystopian" Challenge.
  • Breath of Life ~ Dystopian Book Tower or Maze Challenge
So as of right now we are looking for those amazing bloggers who would like to be a stop on this great tour.  Each stop has to be based on a Dystopian genre book and must include some kind of giveaway.  To see an example: CLICK HERE!

 Rules: 

  • You must think of your discussion theme or challenge you would like on your own. I will add you to the list once I receive the form.
  • Example: Themes should discuss something about specific dystopian novels, characters, worlds that have been created, anything dystopian related.
  • Example: word scrabble, tower challenge (Already being done),  anything that the blogger would have a blast in challenging the readers.
  • Giveaways should be of a dystopian novel of either the bloggers topic or any dystopian novel of their choice.
  • Giveaways can be books or book related items

To Sign Up: CLICK HERE
   
Also we have two great buttons this year, please share this one so everyone can see.  If you are participating in the tour or just want to do the challenges. We would love to see the buttons on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. 

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Dystopian Week 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Follow Friday {83} If you’d get to choose, what character would you bring back?


Question this week from Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.
How does this work? You follow a blog, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Q: Characters, sometimes our favorites, die during books. If you’d get to choose, who would you bring back?

Luckily I havent read many books that have important characters killed off. Besides of course Kisten from the hollow series, which actually wasnt the same for me when he was gone. I actually stopped reading it after book 4. 

I would also have to say the final death in Divergent, which I wont spoil since I know many people are reading this. But for those who know what Im talking about, I know were angry along with me.

What about you?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

{Review} of All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: New Adult, Romance, Sports
RECEIVED: Bought

BLURB:
In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

REVIEW:

I’m usually not one who likes sport books, since well I don’t watch any sports at all, but the Rusk University series is just plan awesome with the first book.

All Lined Up follows Dallas Cole who is not a fan of football, for many reasons that is. You see, Dallas’ dad is the new head coach for Rusk University and has always been much more involved with his coaching, her ex boyfriend is the quarterback of the same team, and now she just wants to enjoy college away from the sport. Her best friend drags her along to a house party, where she meets a guy who finally seems to be different and not all about sports. But it all changes when she finds out Carson is on her dads football team. But Carson is different and he knows Dallas feels the same about their connection. The only pieces standing in their way is Dallas’ dream to be a dancer, Carson’s no girls rule and football comes first from his father and well Dallas’ rule to not dating a football player. Turning into a complex romance with a lot of risks.

Dallas is a cool chick, who has some bad blood when it comes to football. She loves her dad but all in all knows that football comes first. I actually enjoyed every scene with Dallas and her dad, he had a lot to learn about his daughter and how they needed to fix their bond. He also needed to understand Dallas’ dream to be a dancer, she wanted this more than anything. Dallas in the end is a down to earth chick, who curses, knows the ins and outs of football and never gives up on her dream.

Carson knows everything about football; he trains harder than anyone on his team to make sure that he shows his focus. His dad has a rule of no girls, meaning no distractions. In the end he has to step into a big position with his team that puts a lot of pressure on him. I adored Carson; he is seriously just a plain good guy who works hard to keep up with his love for football. He’s not the smartest in school so he mostly studies and trains. When he meets Dallas it’s a distraction but one he actually needs and their relationship is fantastic.

Overall this was a great start to the series, where I actually learned more about football than actually watching a game on TV. The romance is hot and heavy; they try the friendship side but also have a deeper connection that they can resist. There are a ton of obstacles along the way, but in the end these two figure out their future and what important to them not everyone else. The writing is definitely top notch, very easy to read and the flow, characters and plot line were all very well thought out.

RECOMMENDATION:

This is a new adult novel with sexual content meant for mature readers. Fans of Ann Aguirre’s 2B Trilogy and K Lynn’s Stay with Me will want to add All Lined Up to their TBR list today!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday {27} Rough Justice and Dead Heat



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.  I'm extremely excited for both of these books and have had them on my wish list for a while.


ROUGH JUSTICE
By Sarah Castille
Publisher St. Martins Press
Release Date Feb 2015

IT TAKES A GOOD, STRONG WOMAN

Raised in a motorcycle gang, tough, beautiful Arianne Hunter has always dreamed of a normal life. But no sooner does she escape her father’s domineering grasp than she wakes up to find herself in a rival gang’s clubhouse—at the mercy of the dangerously sexy Jagger Knight.

TO TAME A MAN WHO’S HELL ON WHEELS.

The alpha leader of the notorious Sinner’s Tribe, Jagger Knight is all muscle, all biker, and all man. But somewhere inside this hard tattooed outlaw, Arianne senses a kindred spirit—and she can’t ignore their tempestuous attraction. Can she beat him at his own game in a revved-up blaze of glory? Or will their passion spark a war that’s the end of the road for them both?


DEAD HEAT
By Patricia Briggs
Publisher: ACE
Release Date March 2015

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON WEDNESDAY FOR?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!
Cold Stone Touch

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay...

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EXCERPT:

I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there.

I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings.

It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron.

After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey.

Where r u?

R u skipping, u ho?

A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp?

Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this.

Bio is lonely.

My boobs miss u. How weird is that?

That was notably weird and yet not surprising.

If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault.

Holy shit, Layla, where r u?!?

Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them.

U have no idea who just walked into bio!!!

Roth is here!

Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this?

Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect.

Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t.

Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead.

“What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.

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And don't forget! The choice is yours...

Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath.

At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.

To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!

Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!

Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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