Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bookish Tag - Part 3 :)

Okay I have now done this tag 3 times :)
So, I am going to post the rules and answer the questions but I am not going to tag anyone.
Thanks for tagging me  Brenda @ Crazy Four Books

1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create ten new questions to ask the people that you have tagged.
3. Tag ten people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you've tagged them!


1. How long have you been blogging? What got you started?
-I have now been blogging since October 2011 and I started because some of my favorite booktubers were talking about it and I decided, Why Not?
2. Is there a book that you've read that you wish you hadn't read? Why?

The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Just couldn't into it. I had bought it when it first released, but I'm thinking about giving it another go.
3. What new release are you most anticipating? Why?

Insurgent by Veronica Roth and Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward - I love the BDB series by J.R. Ward, it's one of my all time favorite series! And Four, of course, plus Divergent was AMAZING!
4.What genre is your favorite? Why?

Paranormal Romance (Adult and YA) Also, Dystopian is a fave also!
5.What is your favorite part of blogging? your least favorite?

I don't have a least fave. But my fave is meeting different people and the authors. We all have the same love for books and its wonderful!
6. Do you purchase most of the books you read, borrow them, win them or get them for review?

I buy most my books and I also get a lot of review books.
7.What is your favorite book or series?

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, and of course, Harry Potter! :D
8.Where do you think the best place to get book information is?

Goodreads :) I'm addicted!
9. What is one book or series that you haven't read yet that you'd really like to?

Wither by Lauren DeStefano or Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I have both and I plan on reading Delirium in March :)
10. Do you have a favorite blog that you visit? Why is it your favorite?
 Maji Bookshelf, Should Be Reading, The Story Siren, Harmony's Radiant Reads (some of my faves)


February Wrap Up :)

Hey everyone,
Here with my February Wrap Up Video telling what books I read this month and what I thought on the books.
:) Enjoy!

My thumbnail is always hilarious to me!
Read 10 books this month, which is my average :D

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover  Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)
Author: J.R. Ward
Release Date: September 5th 2006 by Signet
Edition: Mass Market Paperback, 434 pages

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

My Thoughts: 
Let me start off saying that you guys know that I am rereading and review this series :) And Zsadist is still my favorite brother! I am glad I revisited this book and remembering all the little details that I love about him.

There are a lot of different elements going on in this book, besides Zsadist and Bella. You get to see more of John, Phury, and you get to see the power struggle within the Lessening society.

This book starts off with Zsadist pissed at the world more than ever. The issue he is facing with saving Bella drives his anger deeper. Zsadist is such a tormented character. With his horrible past of him being a blood slave to a mistress who abused him in more ways than one, you find yourself sympathizing with him and understanding why he feels the way he does and why he acts the way he acts. But you see an amazing change in him as the book progresses! His struggle with his feelings toward Bella and his feelings towards himself as a person, which I really loved to see. And I also, loved that awkwardness he had when he was around Bella and was clueless of what to do. You don't see that too often.

I really enjoyed Bella as his female counterpart. She was strong. She went through so much in the beginning of this book. She played a major role in Zsadist's change. Bella is his perfect match to me. They balance each other out. And their romance is so adorable at times. Yes, Zsadist could be adorable in my eyes at times :D

One of my favorite quotes is from this book :) - Zsadist to Bella - "I was dead until your found me, though I breathe. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...And I was awakened." I just love it!

I shed a few tears in this book ;( My heart went out to Tohr and John! Ugh, that just sucked. But the ending of this book brought my happiness back! Just to cute :) I just really love this series. It's full of romance and action packed. I may make you laugh, cry, or jump for joy. Lol It keeps you entertained and is definitely a page turner!

If you haven't checked out this series, I Highly recommend it! And if you have read this series, whose your favorite Brother?


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Musing Monday (2/27)

Do you read books that are part of a series?
Do you collect all the books in the series before starting? What if the series is brand new, and the only book that’s been published so far is Book one? As subsequent books in the series are published, do you go back and re-read the preceding books?

Yes, I read books that are part of a series! The majority of the books that I buy are part of  a series. I love the character development and the romance that progresses in each book. Also, the different adventures and the ups and downs you go through and experience with the characters :) Amazing!

No I don't collect all the books in a series before I start reading them, because how would I know if I even like that first book?! I love buying the first book in the series, but I hate the wait to the sequel. Come authors....A whole year! How about 6 months if possible? Lol It depends if I reread a book before the next book releases. I only reread it if I for get what happens. But that doesn't happen often.

Some examples of series I read: The BDB by JR Ward, The Mortal Instuments series by Cassie Clare, The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I can't wait to continue: Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi and the Legend series by Marie Lu! Awesome :)

In My Mailbox (10)

Hey guys,
Today I Am here with In My Mailbox!
But, I didn't get anything in my mailbox, so these are just books I bought.

Books Mentioned:
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Lover Avenged & Lover Enshrined by J.R Ward
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Forbidden by Syrie James & Ryan James

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)
Author: J.R. Ward
Release Date: March 7th 2006 by Signet
Edition: Mass Market Paperback, 441 pages

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret bound of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves...

My Thoughts:
This is the second installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and I highly enjoyed it!
This book had so many emotions running through it, and so much struggle in than the first book. You have Rhage, who has to deal with his inner beast. And then there is Mary with her struggle with fighting Leukemia. It's a really tough thing. And together they have to figure out how to deal with both issues.

I really loved this book! Rhage is hilarious, and a sweetheart. I like him a lot. He was tough and dangerous, but had all the love in the world for Mary. I loved Rhage's character and the growth that he goes through. He went through a major growth in this book! Mary, I like her from the very beginning. She was a strong character, and with her fighting the disease and being introduced to a world she knew nothing about was a double hitter.

Mary and Rhage's romance was so heartfelt. I adored it so. The love they felt for each other was amazing and adorable and sad, all the same. And the book was action packed! So much action in one book! It definitely kept the pages turning, wanting to know what happened next. And the beast! Weird. Lol But it gave an interesting twist to the storyline!

I love how you see more of Zsadist in this book ;) It's like a hint to the next book, considering his story is the third installment. You see a different side to him.
Also, in this book we are introduce to a new character, John Matthews. Can't wait to see how his character comes about!

Overall, this book was amazing! I highly recommend this series. And this story was so...I can't even describe it! Just amazing!

250 Followers Giveaway (Open Internationally)!

Hey guys,
Sorry!!! I had to redo the giveaway and make a few changes :)
But they are good changes!

-this is my first time using the book depository, so people bare with me!
There may be one winner but there may be two IDK yet!

-Your Book Choice of any book UNDER $15 

Janina :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cover Reveals

Title: Hidden (Firelight, #3)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: September 11th 2012 by HarperTEEN
Edition: Hardcover

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.
Cover is beautiful :)
I really need to check out this series!  

Embrace by Cherie Colyer

Title: Embrace
Author: Cherie Colyer
Release Date: December 20th 2011 by Omnific Publishing
Edition: Ebook

How far would you go to save the people you love?

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.
My Thoughts:
Let me start off saying that I don't read to many witch books. You know, besides Harry Potter. But I must say I really enjoyed this one. This was a new concept on witches and I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline. The fact that the witch powers had a taste, I really liked.

Of course, Issac was my favorite character. He was sweet and protective, but dangerous all the same. I thought he was the perfect love interest. At times I didn't care for Madison, but she was still enjoyable. She could be kind of annoying. And why towards the end of the books, there was a "possible" love triangle. I really didn't like that. A part of this book kind of reminded me of an exorcism. Freaked - Me - Out. I really liked Kaylee and Josh and wish we could of seen more with Josh.

I really liked the ending :) I liked the action in this book and I really liked the romance between Isaac and Madison. I thought it was cute. And I loved when Madison got all jealous!

If you like witches, I think you should check out this book! It was a fun and a very quick read. Thank you to Cherie Colyer for supplying the copies for the Read 2 Review for the Young Adult Reads group!

This was a short review. Lol

Bookish Tag!

Thanks Juhina over at majibookshelf for tagging me :)
Since I made a video before with different questions those people tagged still are it and the questions still are the same that I choose.

Books To Pine For (10)

Title: Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10)
Author: J.R. Ward
Release Date: March 27th 2012 by NAL
Edition: Hardcover, 592 pages

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Now back in the Brotherhood - and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was - Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams - trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld - Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he's told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King's throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of
them free?

Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
Author: Robin  LaFevers
Release Date: April 3rd 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Edition: Hardcover, 509 pages


Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Title: Illuminate (Gilded Wings, #1)
Author: Aimee Agresti
Release Date: March 6th 2012 by Harcourt Children's Books
Edition: Hardcover, 531 pages

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.
     As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?
     Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Recommendation (2) - Shifter

Title: Raised By Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date:  June 8th 2010 by EgmontUSA
Edition: Hardcover, 428

Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it.  That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two. 

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped?

-This was one of the first Young Adult books that fueled my Shifter lover! Shifters ALL THE WAT :)
 I definitely recommend this series and I think you guys should give it a go, especially you shifter lovers out there!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Cover Reveals



Release Date: September 3, 2012
Target Reader: Adult
  Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.
All her life, Lily Crane has supressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.
It’s Lily’s latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she’s desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.
Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.
He can only pray he isn’t too late.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Musing Monday (2/20)

 (Happy Family Day, to anyone celebrating!)

This week's musing asks... What is the last book that you learned something from? What book was it, and what did it teach you?

The last book were I actually learned something valued that I can remember is: You Against Me by Jenny Downham. I really enjoyed that book by the way. That book had so many emotions going through it, so many tough elements for two people have to face.

I learned to never let anyone try to influence your decision when it comes to something so important. You have to remember to stay true to yourself and do what you  feel is right, no matter the consequences. I mean, life can be tough, but you just have to take it day by day.

In My Mailbox (9)

Hey everyone :D
Here with another IMM!
Hosted by: Kristi @thestorysiren
I hope you enjoy!
Let me know what you think :)
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Books Mentioned

Review Books:

Print books:


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Evermore and Blue Moon Giveaway (US ONLY)

Hey guys :)
Here is another giveaway!
I am giving away the first two books in the The Immortals series by Alyson Noel.
Evermore and Blue Moon
These are paperback books and this giveaway is open to the US ONLY!
Synopsis to Evermore:
After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone's entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school-but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
Damen is gorgeous, exotic, and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head-wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can peer into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea who he really is-or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

Recommendation (1) - Tear Jerker

Hey guys,
I going to try to recommend a book that I love every so often, like with the books to pine for.
For the recommendation (1) I'm starting off with a Tear Jerker :'{

Title: Sing Me To Sleep
Author: Angela Morrison
Release Date: March 4th 2010 by Razorbill
Edition: Hardcover, 301 pages
My Rating: 5 stars


Beth has always been "The Beast" - that's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.


When Beth's choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek's untethered passion - for music, and for Beth - leaves her breathless. Because in Derek's eyes? She's not The Beast, she's The Beauty.


When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?


The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek's been hiding a dark secret from her that could shatter everything.

My short review from before I started blogging :')|
This book was truly amazing. It was emotional. It had made me happy and it made me cry. I cried so hard at the end. Derek was the light in the darkness. I'm just thinking about the book. I had a feeling of what would happen in the end, but it still made me cry even though i knew. You can relate to this book in so many ways. Whether its from getting picked on like Beth and going through a transformation, or whether you feel like Scott, or whether you going through or know someone whose going through what Derek went through. This book touched me in a way that i can't even describe.
Please check out this book. I recommend it to EVERYONE! This book is just so touching and is just so amazing!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning - Giveaway!

Hey you guys!
Taryn Browning was kind enough to provide an ebook copy of her boo Dark Seeker, which I have read and though it was amazing!
The giveaway is for an ebook copy of Dark Seeker in either: pdf, nook, and kindle format and the winner will also get a signed bookmark!

Title: Dark Seeker (Seeker, #1)
Author: Taryn Browning
Release Date: October 4th 2011
Edition: Ebook
My Review: 4.5 Star Review

She's the Seeker. He's the hunted. What's at stake could kill them both...

For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is. As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It’s a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie.

 To Enter:
  1. You must be a follower
  2. Ebook is available in Nook, Kindle, and PDF format
  3.  Leave a comment with your name, email, what format you would like.
  4. That's it :) Winner will be chosen Friday, February 24, 2012

Author Interview with Taryn Browning

Hey guys,
I'm here with an author interview with Taryn Browning, author of Dark Seeker!

Title: Dark Seeker (Seeker, #1)
Author: Taryn Browning
Release Date: October 4th 2011
Edition: Ebook
My Review: 4.5 Star Review

She's the Seeker. He's the hunted. What's at stake could kill them both...

For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is. As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It’s a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie.

Author Interview:

1. Where is the current place your reside and can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in Virginia with my husband, two young boys and dog. I love reading, writing, music, and spending time with my friends and family.

2. Have you always wanted to be an author and what or who inspired you to become a writer?
I've always had an overactive imagination and love of paranormal books, TV shows and movies, but I didn't actually know that I could write a novel until about 4 years ago. My inspiration for writing my first book was Stephenie Meyer. After reading the Twilight Saga, along with my love of the "paranormal" world,  I was inspired to write my own stories.

3. When did you write your first complete book?
I began writing about 4 years ago during a stressful time in my life, including moving from Pennsylvania to Virginia. I found reading and writing to be a great escape from my everyday responsibilities. One day an idea came to me on my way to pick up my son from preschool and I decided to write a book. Writing quickly became my passion and I’ve been doing it ever since. It has been so wonderful to be able to share my stories with others. It is my hope that Dark Seeker will provide at least one person with the escape they need.

4. Do you take any part in creating your book covers?
Yes, I created the Dark Seeker book cover. I loved researching photographs and experimenting with fonts and colors. Designing book covers is so much fun.

5. Do you have any bad habits you do when you are reading?
Haha, yes...I love to eat gummy bears.

6. Where is your favorite place to read?
I love to read in bed before I go to sleep. It is quiet, so I can immerse myself in the story without interruption. If I'm really into a book it's difficult for me to put it down and I end up staying up way too late.

7. Are you currently reading any books?
Right now I'm reading Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare and loving it.

8. Who are some of your favorite authors?
Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, J.R. Ward, Julie Kagawa, Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins are some of my favorite authors.

9. Which do you prefer: Stand Alone or Series when it comes to books?
I prefer reading a series that wraps up the main conflict at the end of each book, but also leaves the story open to more novels. I love it when I find myself rooting for the characters and getting to know them. It's amazing to see them grow throughout the series.

10. Do you have any advice for writers out there who want to become authors?
Keep writing and never give up. Continue to learn and improve your craft. Write what you love and it will show through your writing. Stay true to yourself and follow your passions. Also, read lots of books in the genre you write.

11. Where can people buy your books?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository and Smashwords
Dark Beauty, the prequel short story to Dark Seeker is available now & Dark Return, the 2nd book in the series, will be out later this year.

12. Do you have any websites? (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, etc.)
twitter:  @TarynBrowning & @DarkSeekerFans
facebook:  Taryn Browning & Dark Seeker

    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    Read 2 Review #3 -- Embrace by Cherie Colyer

    Title: Embrace
    Author: Cherie Colyer
    Release Date: December 20th 2011 by Omnific Publishing
    Edition: Ebook

    How far would you go to save the people you love?

    Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

    Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

    Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

    Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
    Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

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    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    Book Tag! :)

    I was tagged by: Patrice (The Bookshelves) 
    I said Patrick in the vid, SORRY!
    I didn't feel like writing out all the stuff Lol So I just made a vid :) Hope ya watch!

    1. You must post the rules. 
    2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people that you have tagged. 
    3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post. 
    4. Let them know you've tagged them!

    My questions for the people I tag are :)
    1. Why and when did you start book blogging?
    2. What's your all time favorite book or series?
    3. Do you use a bookshelf and if so how many do you have?
    4. What's your favorite genre of books? (paranormal romance, contempory, dystopian etc)
    5. How many books do you read a month?
    6. Where do you buy your books?
    7. Do you have problems with e-readers?
    8. What's your favorite movie (s)?
    9. Who is your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?
    10. What characteristics do you like in the main character of a book?
    11. What are some books that brought tears to your eyes?

    I tag:
    Juhina -
    Farrah -
    Jessirae -
    Emily -
    Mia -
    TT -

    - I can't think of any others.

    WWW Wednesday (9)

    WWW Wednesday is hosted by: Should Be Reading
    • What are you currently reading?
    • What did you recently finish reading?
    • What do you think you’ll read next?

    What I'm currently reading:

    Reading for the blog tour
    My blog tour stop is Mar 14 for review and author interview.
    It's good so far.

    What I've recently finished:

    A reread
    First book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R Ward
    I love this series. I have read every book in it, but I am rereading and reviewing the entire series for the blog! (My goal)
    My Review

    What I may read next:

    I recently bought this book and have been looking forward to reading it. So this may be next!

    The Ultimate YA One Day Ebook Giveaway

    Hey guys,
    Here with the BIGGEST one day ebook giveaway I have ever done on the blog!
    -Two winners and the winners get 5 (FIVE) ebooks each!
    Epub and Kindle format available. (no pdf's: sorry)

    Ebooks choices:

    • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    • Forbidden by Syrie james
    • Crave by Melissa Darnell
    • Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
    • Wing of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton
    • Love and Leftovers Sarah Tregay
    • Asphodel by Lauren Hammond
    • Halfling by Heathur Burch
    • Everneath by Brodi Ashton
    • Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
    • Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
    • Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
    • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
    • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    • Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
    • The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
    • Across The Universe by Beth Revis
    • A Million Suns by Beth Revis
    • Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
    • Fallen In Love by Lauren Kate
    • Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe
    You Must:

    1.  Be A follower it doesn't matter how you follow. but must be one of the 3 (gcf, networked blogs, email)
    2. Epub and Kindle format are the only available formats
    3. +1 Join my goodreads group and leave name in comment.
    4. List you 5 book choice and tell me what format (Comment)
    5. Leave name and email address (comment)
    6. Will choose winners at Midnight (thursday night)
    -Please tell me everything in one comment: how you follow, if you joined goodreads, name and email,  book choices and what format.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

    Title: Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)
    Author: J.R. Ward
    Release Date:  September 6th 2005 by Signet Eclipse
    Edition: Mass Market Paperback, 393 pages

    In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

    The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

    My Thoughts:
    In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war going on between vampires and their slayers. Six vampire warriors, a secret band of brothers, defend their race, but none likes killing more than Wrath, leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Wrath is the only purebred vamp left on earth and has a score to settle with Lessers, the slayers who kill their kind and murdered his parents. But, when a member of the brotherhood is killed leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence and unaware of what she is, Wrath must lead her into a world of the undead and a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

    This is an amazing read! I have read this book and this series over and over and over again. In this book you are introduced to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. They touch on each one of the brothers, but not in dept, only Wrath.

    I love the storyline and I love the plot. Just amazing! But be warned, this book is not for people under the age of 18! Even if you are an adult who doesn't like reading sexual parts in a book, then I would say this book is not for you, but if you don't mind sex in a book, then I recommend this book to you because it was amazing!

    I really like Wrath and Beth. Wrath is the blind King, but even though he is blind, that doesn't make him less dangerous. To me it makes him tougher. And this book is not centered around his blindness at all, it touches on it once and then that's it. Wrath is a bad ass vamp, with a bad ass attitude and doesn't take crap from nobody. But when he meets Beth, lets just say that attitude didn't make it very far when it came to her. I really liked Beth. I feel she is the perfect person for Wrath. She could calm him when need be and she brings out a side of him that no one else gets to see.

    The two, Wrath and Beth, go through so much in this book. From the death of Beth's father and never getting to me him, to Wrath trying to help Beth transition in to their world and his feelings for her.

    The other Brothers; Rhage, Zsadist, Vishous, Tohr, and Phury, I like already. You only know a brief amount of each one and it leaves you wanting to know more about them. The brothers who caught my attention, was Zsadist and Vishous. You will just have to see.

    Butch played a big role in this book and I really like him. He was a hard ass and sarcastic. But when he meets Marissa, I loved it. And Marissa, what a sweet girl.

    The Lessers, a being who use to be human but traded their souls and try to eliminate the Brotherhood. The Lessers are some dangerous scary thing. *shivers* I'm not going to touch on them much.

    This book was filled with a lot of action, a lot of drama, and a lot of cursing! This is a must read people! Only if you can handle it. Are you up for the challenge? If you want to explore the adult paranormal genre, how about you start here. :)

    Top Ten Tuesday: Top X Genre Books (11)

    Hey guys,
    Here with top ten tuesday :) Hosted by: The broke and the bookish
    (pick the genre you want: Top Ten Historical fiction books, Top Ten Dystopian Books, Top Ten Victorian Novels)
    Today I am going with: Top Ten Paranormal Adult books :)

    1. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R Ward
    -Of course this is my #1! I absolutely adore this series! If you are looking for more adult paranormal books. Check out this series!

    2. Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
    -Love this series, even though I've only read Clay and Elena's books. Clay and Elena are my fave. I love everything about their relationship :)

    3. The Riley Jenson series by Keri Arthur
    -Another series I love. Riley is a bad ass heroine! I love her :) This is an amazing series.

    4. The Dark Angels series by Keri Arthur
    -This is a spinoff to the Riley Jenson series with Risa! And I love it. I read these books last month and love them just as much as the Riley Jenson series.

    5. The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton
    -I love this series. But the books were Jean-Claude isn't in them aren't as good. But I love all these books!

    6. The Pride series by Shelly Laurenston
    -I love all Shelly Laurenston books and this series has me laughing so hard. It's so entertaining :) And I love it!

    7. The Magnus Pack series by Shelly Laurenston
    -And fave series of Shelly Laurenston books. Again, hilarious books but have romance that I love!

    8. The Breeds series by Lora Leigh
    -Each book brings a different element and I have read all 25 or 26 books in this series :)

    9. The Werecats series by Rachel Vincent
    -I've only read the first book but I loved and it and have bought the second and third book and can't wait to read them.

    10. IDK

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Be My Valentine Ebook Giveaway :)

    Hey guys,
    It's time for the Be My Valentine Ebook Giveaway ♥ ! Awww, I love V-day and I want to share it with you guys!
    Two lucky people will be my valentine ♥ Lol
    Anyone can enter since it is an ebook giveaway! So, my international followers, come right along.

    Your ebook choices

     To enter:
              ♥ You must be a follower! [whether its gcf, networked blogs, or by email, idc which]
              ♥ Leave your name and email in the comments
              ♥ Leave your ebook of choice in the comments
              ♥ Two winners will be chosen on v-day (pdf, mobi, and epub available)

     Happy Valentine's Day

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

    Musing Monday (Feb 13)

    What is your favorite romantic book --or book that includes a love story? (an adult romance, young adult, kids' story, anything)

    I choose a series. Since every book in the series has a happily ever after when it comes to the romance. And of course, I am talking about the Black Dagger Brotherhood series!

    It's just something about this series that drew me in from the very beginning. I don't know what it is. Maybe the characters, the romance, the story line...Idk. Each brother in this series has something about them that I adore. When the brothers find there mate, I think the mates and how they act are perfect.

    Zsadist and Bella are by far my favorite. I just love Zsadist! In each book, even the very first one, Dark Lover, something drew me to him. Maybe it was is pain and his anger at the world, or maybe the scars on his face and what they represented, I just wanted to know his story. And Bella was perfect for him, and I really liked her.

    My favorite quote from Lover Awakened (Zsadist to Bella):
    “I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.”

    I just love it :') I love each and every brother in this series in their own way. My next fave is Vishous! Ha, just thought I'd let ya know :) I guess I like the dark, mysterious, and screwed up type Lol

    -By the way, I'm rereading and reviewing this entire series on the blog! And I am on book one, Dark Lover. So be prepared if you are interested...

    In My Mailbox (8)

    Back with another IMM :)
    Hope you guys enjoy!
    I know i was all over the place.
    Thanks Terry Spear & Suzan Battah! :D

    Books Mentioned:
    Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf (Terry Spear)
    Dark Seeker (Taryn Browning)
    Until Next Time (Amy Lignor)
    Hunted (Cheryl Rainfield)
    Touch of Frost (Jennifer Estep)
    Once in a Full Moon (Ellen Schreiber)
    The Throne of Fire (Rick Riordan)
    The Fallen vol 1 & 2 (Thomas E. Sniegoski)

    Saturday, February 11, 2012

    BaSatai: Outside In by Suzan Battah

    Title: BaSatai: Outside In (book #1)
    Author: Suzan Battah
    Release Date: April 14, 2012 by Createspace
    Edition: Paperback Arc

    Seventeen year old, Armani Radnelaq a full blooded BaSatai is plagued by a curse in her blood. A curse created from hate and designed to break the divide between two parallel worlds of Earth and H-trae when Armani's blood is spilled in attack and she dies.

    S'teuqoubs have been travelling back and forth across the divide for centuries without trouble. The BaSatai and Guardians monitoring activity and enforcing rules to ensure peace and harmony but if the divide splits and opens, a much greater number of supernatural S’teuqoubs will filter into earth destroying equilibrium which the BaSatai and Guardians will be unable to control. Humanity and the BaSatai will suffer and perish. The parallel divide must remain secure at all costs.

    Armani has remained hidden on earth with her adopted father Elijah since her birth. She has been raised in the human way and fights her natural instinct to evolve into a BaSatai. The BaSatai in her requires her to evolve and shift, use her powers and strength. Yet Armani is freaked out by the need to shift. She smokes, has a bad attitude, must deal with aggressive bullies and control her natural BaSatai instinct. Her Guardian with BaSatai Warriors are coming for her. She refuses to accept her fate and doesn't believe any BaSatai should die to protect her.

    The blood curse maturing in her veins makes her a target for her enemies. Her Guardian Karhl and an elite BasSatai Warrior Rafael are the first to arrive and prepare her for her crossing over. Her attraction to Rafael complicates her purpose to stay on earth even more. They both insist she fall into line and follow their lead but she is not ready to leave earth just yet...

    My Thoughts: 
    Going into reading this book, I knew it was going to be different! Just by the title of the book. I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! It was amazing and it was written in a way like it was made for me to read it. Lol If that makes any sense whatsoever! I loved the characters and I loved the whole storyline. It was just so different.

    It's so hard to give a review of this book without giving away any spoilers. But I'll try....

    Okay. Armani is a girl who is believe to have a curse in her blood. She's not human and she knows it and she also know the BaSatai will come back for her. She was given away to her adopted father Elijah to help mask her from the S'teuqoubs who are trying to kill her.

    I really did like Armani. She was in denial about being the one with the cursed blood because she felt she was different enough from the humans. She was smart and brave, but at times she got on my nerves, I must admit. The denial and her mind set not to connect wit Rafael, who I will get to later, annoyed me. But overall, she was a great heroine.

    Armani's Guardian Karhl was probably my favorite character. He was confident and sarcastic, but I loved him all the same. I really like him. (smiling right now) Rafael is Armani's, I don't know how to describe this, kind of like a soulmate. I like him a lot too! He is also one of my favorite characters. But boy does he have a temper. And what's with the Lily thing. I'm so confused about that, and I don't like that at all. I also really liked Karhl's "soulmate"! She was fun.

    This book was action packed! I loved it. So many things and so many different elements went on in this book that made it amazing, but at times it was confusing. I had to reread certain parts to try to grasp the full concept.

    And that ending!!!! What? So confused. And again what the hell is with this dumb Lily girl? I'm sorry bit I just didn't like her character and now I feel she has a major role to play in the next book, which I don't like, even though I knew something was up with her from the get go. BUT, *deep breaths*, whatever. It's just frustrates me! And what Karhl and Armani.....And now......

    Whoa! I want to read to know when the next book releases and what is going to happen. I have way too many unanswered questions :(  But, it's a wonderful book! I definitely recommend it! Guys, you have to check this book out when it releases!

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Blog Tour: Pride's Run by Cat Kalen - Author Interview/Review

    Title: Pride’s Run
    Author: Cat Kalen
    Genre: Paranormal YA

    Seventeen year old Pride is a tracker—a werewolf with a hunger for blood. Taught to trick and to lure, she is the perfect killing machine.
    Kept leashed in the cellar by a master who is as ruthless as he is powerful, Pride dreams of freedom, of living a normal life, but escape from the compound is near impossible and disobedience comes with a price.
    When she learns her master intends to breed her she knows she has to run.
    But Pride soon learns that if she is to survive in the wild, she must trust in the boy who promises her freedom, the same boy she was sent to hunt.
    With life and death hanging in the balance the two find themselves on the run from the Paranormal Task Force—officers who shoot first and ask questions later—as well as her master’s handlers.
    Can Pride flee the man who has held her captive since birth and find sanctuary in the arms of a boy who has captured her heart? Or will her master find her first?

    Buy Links
    Barnes and Noble:  Coming Soon. 


    California Wine Country
    August 23rd, six days until full moon
    The click of the lock at the top of the stairwell is my only indication that morning is upon me. My ears perk up and I listen for the coming footfalls. The weight on the stairs combined with the creaking of each wooden step will let me know which handler has come for us this time, which unlucky puppet has drawn the short end of the straw and is stuck with letting the dogs out, or in this case, the werewolves.
    Sure, he’ll come sauntering down the stairs sporting a brave face and looking at me with cold, dark eyes meant to intimidate. But the wolf inside me can smell his inner fear. Despite the fact that I’m the one caged, underneath the handler’s cool, superficial shell he’s the one who’s truly afraid.
    A long column of light filters down the stairs and I blink my eyes into focus as the bright rays infiltrate the pitch black cellar. I don’t really need to blink. Not with my exceptional vision. But I do it anyway because sometimes I simply like to pretend I’m a normal seventeen year old girl, one who can’t see in the dark. It’s nonsense, I know. I’m not fooling anyone. Least of all myself.
    The door yawns wider and before the first heavy boot, soiled with old blood that he’ll pass off as wine stains, hits the top step, my senses go on high alert. I never know what morning will bring—or who will bring it.
    A breeze rushes down the stairs ahead of the handler, carrying the aroma of the grand estate with it. I push past the metallic scent of dried blood to catch traces of grape juice in the air, a common smell on the majestic vineyard—that and illegal drugs, the estate’s real source of income. Going beyond those familiar fragrances, I breathe deeper and get hints of fresh bread baking in the upstairs kitchen. It must be Thursday. Mica, the estate’s cook, always bakes on Thursday.
    In my human form I roll onto my side and lean toward the smell. Wistfully, my tongue darts out and brushes over my bottom lip. There is something about that scent that always entices me and before I can help it I envision myself eating a warm slice covered in rich creamy butter, crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside.
    My nostrils widen, but I know the bread isn’t meant for me and not even one delicious crumb will pass over my dry lips. Not unless Mica sneaks it to me. As much as I’d love to taste her offerings I don’t like it when she takes chances for me. Disobedience is far too risky for the aging housekeeper. Despite that, my stomach growls in response to the aroma and I fight off the cravings. I can’t hope for bread when it’s unlikely that I’ll even be given a scrap of food today, especially if I can’t please him.
    My master.
    A boot hits the second step—the handlers always descend slowly—and as I stretch my legs out on my dusty mattress I hear the waking groans of Jace and Clover stirring in their own cages beside me. I glance their way, and that’s when my attention falls on the one empty cage in the cellar. My mother’s den. I breathe deep and fight off a pang of sadness that I cannot afford to feel.
    I turn away from the empty cage and stare at the gray cement walls. I can’t bear to look at her den any longer. It only reminds me of how they killed her and how all the pups were forced to watch—to learn that disobedience comes with a price. Guilt and sorrow eat at me to think that she’d died trying to free me.
    When step number five creaks, I diligently try to shake off the memories. The handler is close which means I can’t think about my mother right now. I push all thoughts of her aside, knowing that right now I have to think about my father and what he taught me before the master killed him. Never let them see your fear.
    I harden myself.
    Before my master’s puppet even reaches the bottom step, I know it’s the one they call Lawrence, the handler I hate the most. The one with a weak mind, strong back, teeth like baked beans and beady eyes that fit his ugly rat face.
    He likes to call me kitten. I have a few choice names that I’d like to call him in return, but I always bite the inside of my cheek to resist the urge. Partly because I’d be whipped and partly because Miss Kara educated me and taught me all about manners. I realize that an educated wolf with manners might sound laughable. In my line of work, however, education and manners are as lethal as a bear trap to those I hunt. That’s how I lure my marks, how I bait my prey. A pretty face and good grace go a long way for a trained killer like me.
    My glance wanders to my leg, the one peeking out from beneath my ratty blanket, and my eyes are drawn to the long jagged scar tracking the length of my calf. I grimace. Even with my education and manners, I never forget what I really am. I’m never allowed to.
    “Hey kitten,” Lawrence says. Most would think the nickname is a play on my birth name, Pride. But I know it’s the handler’s way of cutting me down, to find control where he feels none. My parents called me Pride because I was their pride and joy. Lions live in a pride and since lions are cats…
    He tosses a collar and chain into my cage. “Leash up.”
    I take note of the gun in his holster before my glance locks on his. As I give him a good hard stare, he flinches. The movement is slight, but I notice it. Dressed in my knee length nightgown, long hair loose around my shoulders, I might look like an average seventeen year old girl—harmless and innocent—but we all know I’m not.
    Even though Lawrence keeps his face blank and stares down at me with those dark eyes of his, he reeks of terror. The scent is like a mixture of hot sweat and rotting compost. Oh, it’s not pretty by any means. Nevertheless, the werewolf slumbering restlessly inside me feeds off his fear, thrives on it, so I inhale and draw it deep into my lungs.
    Without taking my eyes off his, I take my time to leash up. My movements are slow and deliberate as I position the collar. Metal grinds metal and the sound cuts the silence as I secure it around my neck. The handler winces. So do the older, more obedient wolves that I bunk with.
    Jace cuts me a glance, chocolate eyes now milky from old age warn me to behave. I realize he’s doing it for my own good, but this morning I’m cold and hungry and in no mood for Lawrence’s insults. Clover makes a noise to draw the handler’s attention away from me, and all sets of eyes shift to her.
    As Clover tries to pacify Lawrence, averting her gaze in a show of respect and making small talk about the weather, Lawrence opens my mother’s former cage and pulls out her cot. He gives it a good hard shake and the breeze stirs the dust on the unfinished boards masquerading as our ceiling. The particles dance in the stairwell light before falling to the cold, cement floor.
    When Lawrence tosses the cot into a corner I stiffen. It can only mean one thing. My mother has been gone for a little over a year now, and I know the master rarely keeps a cell empty for long, which makes me wonder when and how he’s going to fill it?
    Who will he breed?
    I cringe at the thought of bringing puppies into this world, but know it’s not something I have to worry about. The master would never breed a wolf like me. My mother always said I was a survivor, the only pup in a litter of three to make it, but hey, a runt is a runt. Thanks to Darwin and his theory of ‘natural selection’ a runt is a heritable trait that a pack can do without. When it comes to canine reproduction, only one motto dictates: runts need not apply.
    Deep in the bowels of the estate’s basement, the master keeps other wolves, separating the strong and young from one another. I’m smart enough to understand that he distances us so we can’t conspire against him or speak telepathically. Wolves can only use telepathy when in animal form, however. Well, most wolves that is. Oddly enough, I along with Stone, an alpha wolf two years my senior are able to communicate while in our human forms.
    Sometimes the master does in-house breeding, sometimes he sends us out to one of his associates—other drug-lords who also harbor werewolves. It’s like he’s running a regular old puppy mill in here. Except his puppies kill for him. Which begs the question, what does my master have in store for me today?

    Author Bio:

    Cat Kalen is a multi published author in the romance genre under two pen names, Cat is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and watermelon. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cat can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.
    A maritime native and former financial officer, Cat has lived all over Canada but has finally settled down in her childhood hometown with her family. 


    Twitter: @catkalen

    Author Interview:

    1.    Where is the current place you reside and can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
    While I’ve lived all over Canada I’ve settled in Eastern Canada in the idyllic province of Nova Scotia.
    Besides being a writer, I’m a wife, mom, sister, friend and dog lover.  My husband is a meteorologist, my son in a first year university student, and my daughter is in grade 12.  My day consists of writing, twitter, facebook, walking the dog, exercising, and cooking and cleaning when time permits.  (As you can see those last two things aren’t top priority    

    2.    Have you always wanted to be an author and what or who inspired you to become a writer?
    Someone asked me this very question yesterday!  No, I never grew up wanting to be a writer and hadn’t considered it as a career until my mid twenties.  In fact, I went to university and began a science degree, determined to be a doctor.  But things changed and I switched universities and ended up doing a Business/commerce degree.  I went to work in the finance department for our federal government, but when my husband got posted to Labrador Newfoundland, and we were separated for three months after just getting married, I knew something had to give.  It was when I moved to Labrador to be with him, and eventually ran out of books to read that I first put pen to paper.  

    3.    How old where you when you wrote your first book?
    Twenty four.  That book is hidden away somewhere, never, ever to see the light of day.  LOL.  But then I put the writing aside when I had my kids.  It was after my daughter started primary that I really decided I wanted to do this.  Staying at home and writing in my fuzzy bunny slippers sounded so much more appealing then getting up every morning, getting the kids off to school, then rushing off to some finance job that I knew I’d hate.  

    4.    Do you take part in designing the covers of you books?
    I fill out art forms and most times the artists run with my suggestions making the covers more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.  I don’t like to give too many details because I want the artist to work their magic!  They know how to do it way better than I do!

    5.    Do you have any bad habits that you do when reading a book?

    Yes, and I do it with movies too.  It drives my husband crazy.  I don’t always read the endings, or watch the last five minutes of a movie.  Once I know the hero and heroine have worked through their problems, and that happily ever after is just around the corner, I’m out!  LOL

    6.    Are you currently reading any books?
    I always have tons of books on the go!  I have them in every room of the house, on my new Ipad, my kobo, in the car, in my purse!!

    7. Who are some of you favorite author?
    I have SO many.  Suzanne Collins, Julie Kagawa, Maggie Stiefvater, Andrea Cremer, Richelle Mead, Robin Wasserman.....just to name a few.

    8.     Do you have any advice for those who want to become writers?
    Write!  Everyday.  Practice and practice some more.  And when you’re tired of practicing, PRACTICE! Learn the craft. (I’m still learning) Join organizations, critique groups, and associate with positive people who you can trust.  

    9.    Where is your favorite place to read a book?
    I just bought a brand new comfy chair and electric fireplace for my office.  I like to curl up in my chair with the fire going beside me and lose myself in a book!

    10.    Where can people find your books?
    Pride’s Run can be found here, and Pride Unleashed will be available in February!

    11.    Do you have any website? (twitter, facebook, blog, etc.)
    YABEYOND facebook
    Twitter @catkalen