Saturday, November 9, 2013

Attempting Elizabeth Tour & Review!

Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey
Publication date: January 24th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett.

One night at a party Kelsey meets handsome Australian bartender Mark Barnes. From then on, she always seems to run into him when she least expects it. No matter how Kelsey tries, she always seems to say the wrong thing.

After a particularly gaffe-filled evening around Mark, Kelsey is in desperate need of inspiration from Jane Austen. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?

As Kelsey tries to discover what’s happening to her, she must also discover her own heart. Is Mark Barnes destined to be her Mr. Darcy? In the end, she must decide whether attempting to become Elizabeth is worth the risk or if being Kelsey Edmundson is enough.



Attempting Elizabeth
by Jessica Grey
 Jasmin's Review
4 of 5 

Kelsey Edmunson is your usual literature major and is kind of a geek. But thanks to her, most of the time, nice roommate,  she gets to know the handsome Mark from Australia.  At first both of them clash a lot, but when they get sucked into Kelsey's favourite novel, Pride & Prejudice, they start to be true to themselves and finally get together.

First I have to say I actually never had a chance to read Pride & Prejudice (Kelsey would probably kill me! ), but still enjoyed reading this book a lot.  Kelsey's jumps into the novel were simply hilarious. My favourite scene was probably her first time “jumping” and everything that happened afterwards.  I won’t spoil it for you.   Kelsey is simply crazy, in a funny way, trying all kind of things to get out of the book and even thinking about killing someone or herself.   She has some kind of aggressive potential ,  I suppose. 

I also found it funny that she refers to herself as a super human with super powers and compares herself to super heroes like Peter Parker or Clark Kent.  Initially she is totally convinced she can jump into any novel and she tries several times (e.g. Princess Lea).  Eventually she realizes she can only do it with Pride & Prejudice.  It might have been fun to see her in Star Wars.  Maybe this would make a great second book? lol

In addition I have to say I like Kelsey and Mark quite a bit, although they fight a lot.  They fight for their relationship and really care for each other.  It's so cute :).  Most people would probably just forget about the other person and look for someone else, but those two never gave up, even if their friends had to help a little.

The only thing I wasn't content with was the whole “finding one's self” concept and the end.  For myself, I think a lot of people would like to be someone else for a little bit.  Though in my opinion, it doesn't mean one doesn't know who he/she really is or that they aren’t content with his/her actual life.   From Attempting Elizabeth, I get the feeling it's portrayed as a bad thing.  I'd say wanting to be someone else could be the start of changing yourself in a positive way, like adopting a different kind of hairstyle, make-up, or looking for  a new habit/hobby/activity to do.  Maybe I'm interpreting it as something different as it is and it simply was meant for Kelsey to understand herself a little bit better. 
Despite the fact that this book addressed a serious topic, I still found it to be very funny and love te references to classic literature.  Isn't that every student’s dream, a book, that's funny AND teaches something about literature?  So I'd say it is a really nice read :)!

Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of preschooler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Seal of Awakening Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway!

Seal Of Awakening
Seven Seals Series
Book Three
Traci Douglass

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: SpinTale Publishing

Date of Publication: October 28th, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-9897829-0-6

Number of pages: 261
Word Count: 70,000

Cover Artist: Kim Killion

Book Description:

Socially awkward geneticist Quinn Strickland has willingly forgone the pleasures in life to reach her career objectives. Alone and approaching thirty, she uses her independence to mitigate any risk of a broken heart. Her strategy works until the day a handsome stranger bursts into her lab and her orderly plans shoot straight to Hades. He claims to be her personal divine protector, a powerful, ancient warrior sent to defend a prophetic time bomb existing within her own genetic code.

The Scion’s alpha-geek Wyck is offered the opportunity of his immortal lifetime as head of his own covert operation. He arrives at a Colorado lab expecting starched white coats and sterile surroundings—not a redheaded spitfire in charge of both his project and his libido. His skills have carried him from the battlefields of ancient England to the pits of Hell and he has no plans to be felled by one woman, regardless of her shag-worthy charms. Divine duty requires him to protect the apocalyptic Seal encrypted within Quinn’s DNA, but his heart has other ideas. When his personal feelings interfere with his age-old vendetta, he’s forced to decide between desire and retribution.

Guest Post by Traci Douglas

The plot of Seal Of Awakening centers around a genetics lab, so I thought I’d share some of the fun facts I turned up during my research for the book. And because, well, I spend way too much time on the Internet and yes, I am a science geek. So…

P.S. You can find Part 1 here:        

Ten Fun (and sometimes scary) Facts about your DNA I bet you never knew (Part 2):

5. Scientists have that DNA from the worm in tequila bottles leaches into the liquor. So you don’t actually have to “swallow the worm” to swallow the worm.

4. DNA can be engineered in many different shapes now, not just the standard double helix, including triple and quadruple helices, tetrahedrons, and even a smiley face.

3. 40 percent of human DNA is made up of ancient, sinister and possibly cursed viruses.

2. The useful parts of DNA, which give us things like hair color and lungs, make up only around 2 percent of the human genome. The other 98 percent is made up of allegedly "dead" genetic material: unused DNA sequences that might have once been useful but that now have no known purpose. Under certain circumstances, long-dead DNA sequences can suddenly return to life. It's only "dead" because it's missing one specific sequence that allows it to be successfully transcribed. All it takes is one mutation.
And you thought Zombies were just in fiction, eh? 

1. A group of scientists have been reconstructing the Neanderthal genome from fossilized bones recently, and when they compared their results with genomes of various humans from around the world, they discovered that most modern humans in Europe and Asia share between 1 and 4 percent of their genome with Neanderthals -- a trait that is not found among people from sub-Saharan Africa. In other words, if you're reading this and you have any European or Asian ancestors at all, you're technically not fully human.

Okay, somebody pass me the margaritas and a gun to fight off the zombies! 

This is ACTUALLY a game! How cool is that?!

About the Author:

Traci is the author of paranormal romance/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly, urban edge, including her current Seven Seals series. Her stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—more often than not—bent on world destruction. She enjoys weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between her main characters.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Writers (FF&P) and is pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Her stories have made the final rounds in several RWA chapter contests, including the 2012 Duel on the Delta, the 2012 Molly Awards, and the 2012 Catherine Awards. An earlier draft of the first book in the Seven Seals Series, Seal of Destiny, won the paranormal category of the 2012 Marlene Awards sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers.
Other current projects include upcoming books in the Seven Seals series, a new contemporary novella series due out in early 2014, and a new futuristic suspense series with hints of the paranormal and plenty of romance.

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I Am Just Junco Omnibus Blitz, Trailer, Excerpt & Giveaway!

I Am Just Junco Omnibus by J.A. Huss
(I Am Just Junco Books 1-3)
Publication date: November 4th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult, Science Fiction

Clutch~Fledge~Flight (1,152 pages) – the first three books in the epic science fiction fantasy saga that spans five full length novels and one novella.  The final book, RETURN, will be released on December 2, 2013.

Nineteen year old Rural Republic sniper, Junco Coot, has been lied to. Not once or twice, but pretty much everyone she ever trusted is totally full of sh*t. And now her father is dead, she’s on the run, and everyone wants a piece of her—including one winged alien warrior named Tier.

But the truth always catches up and Junco has to choose who she should trust. The people who have lied and trained her to kill since she was a small child? Or the warriors who want to steal her away and use her as the catalyst in a plot to fight the final battle in an ancient war?

It’s a choice that will change her fate forever. And once it’s made—there’s no turning back. Life becomes nothing but brutal killing in the name of vengeance. But everything requires sacrifice—everything has a price. And Junco is about to find out what it means to dedicate herself to saving someone else.

Junco is not young adult. She has a foul mouth and violent tendencies.

Omnibus Trailer

Top Ten Reasons Why Junco Kicks Ass (video)


I swing the shotgun on the strap so it’s out in front of me, brace it on my thigh to compensate for my injured shoulder, cycle the next round into the chamber, and then point it straight at his chest. I strain to prevent the wince that really wants to spread across my face. "Look, I don’t know who you are, or why you’re here, but as a Farm Family Representative of Council 3, I’m asking you to leave under Regulation V.1.b – Aliens are not permitted in the Rural Republic under any circumstances. I have the authority to shoot and if you doubt me, I apologize ahead of time for taking your life. You are hereby legally warned."
"Look, sweetheart–"
I squeeze back and the round blasts out of the chamber but he’s high above me in the air as the shot passes into the trees. The leaves rustle and the birds are wild once again. The recoil pain isn’t as bad from the standing position, but I feel the blood leaking out under the skin on my hip, creating a bruise. I push the pain down. "I’ve been shooting since I could walk, sweetheart, and I’ve had a really shitty day. Do not fuck with me."
He flies off over the trees about a dozen yards away and I can just barely make him out as he lands in the cover of the brush.
"Is that how ya treat someone who saves yer life? Shoot them?"
I snort. "Saved my life? I must have missed that one while I was sleeping."
"Except ya weren’t sleeping, Junco. You were unconscious."
It isn’t often that I get stunned into silence, but an alien knowing my name in the middle of nowhere can do it. "How the hell do you know my name?"
Silence from him now.
The glimmer of light that was previously there is gone, and so is he.
I take stock of the mountaintop meadow. Where are you, where are you?
I pivot on my heel, gun braced one-armed against my stomach to catch the recoil, and do a proper survey of the area. My good arm is tiring quick after all the adrenaline I’ve used up and it begins to shake. I force the bravado. "Guess you decided to take my–"
Then he is behind me, the gun is flying across the field, and he’s twisted my bad shoulder just enough to make me scream out. His lips touch my cheek as he whispers, "Look, I’m not usually the type of person who abuses little girls, but you’ve shot at me two times now and I’m not going to stand for it. I’m here for the moment and yer just gonna to have to deal with it. Ya got it?"
He eases up on my shoulder and pushes me away from him.
I rub the flaming tissue and wince. "Did you just insult me?"
He tilts his head at me. "What? Me? Ya tried ta shoot me – twice!"
"I might be little, but the way you said it implied I’m insignificant. Which I assure you, I am not. And besides, you’re the one who’s trespassing, right? That’s you." I point my finger up at him. "I have every right to tell you to leave, I’m a fucking representative of Council–"
"3, yeah, I heard ya the first time. Who gives a shit? I’m here. Get over it."
I stare at him in the dim moonlight and quite frankly, I don’t care for what I see.

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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